Port City Radio, Wilmington’s first and only all-news radio station, will launch Monday, April 1.
Formerly The Big Talker FM, you can hear Port City Radio on 93.7 and 106.3 FM, and streaming online at portcityradio.com.
With the retirement of southeastern North Carolina’s most listened-to talk radio host, Chad Adams, officials with Hometown Wilmington Media decided to change the news-talk format of The Big Talker FM to an all-news format.
“Port City Radio is the perfect complement to Port City Daily. With the departure of Chad, who is truly irreplaceable—not just because of his role in the community, but for the respectful exchange of ideas he was able to create and foster on his show—we thought it was time to move in a different direction,” Hometown Wilmington Media General Manager Beau Gunn said.
“We decided to give Wilmington something it was missing—all-news radio with a focus on local news, sports, traffic and weather,” Gunn said.
Port City Radio will have a live host 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The local news focus will include local news and sports updates throughout the day, plus an in-depth look behind the news with Port City Daily reporters every morning with morning host and Port City Radio Program Director Aimee Bowen.
“Port City Radio is your hands-free device for Wilmington news. Everybody is busy. They’re on the go all the time. This is a unique product that gives you unrestricted access to local and national news. Our partnership with Port City Daily creates the ability to provide constant, local content,” Bowen said.
You can catch Reporters’ Corner at 7:41 a.m. weekdays, featuring Port City Daily Managing Editor Caroline Curran and reporters Ben Brown, Joe Catenacci, Christina Haley and Jonathan Spiers.
Then, in the 8 a.m. hour, local newsmakers will join Bowen for the Community Connections segment.
In addition to local news gathered and produced by the Port City Daily editorial team, you’ll hear traffic and weather every 10 minutes.
“Traffic isn’t always heavy in Wilmington, but when it happens, now you’ll know where and why with traffic and weather on the 8s,” Bowen said.
Port City Radio has teamed up with The National Weather Service (NWS) Wilmington office to provide listeners with frequent and accurate weather updates and extended forecasts.
“The National Weather Service is the most accurate weather forecaster in the world. We decided an official partnership would be the best way to give our listeners the most accurate weather updates and forecasts,” Bowen said.
Other voices you’ll hear on Port City Radio include Jim Whitmeyer, co-host of The Morning Disaster with Bryan and Jim on The Bone (103.7 FM). Whitmeyer will continue with his morning duties from 7-10 a.m., then man the Port City Radio studio from 10-2 p.m.
At 2 p.m., J.T. McVicker takes the reins until 6 p.m.
Kim Czornij, morning host on The Penguin (98.3 FM), will also have a role on Port City Radio as she recaps all the latest goings on in and around the Port City by featuring The Scene, the area’s most comprehensive community and events calendar found exclusively at portcitydaily.com.
CBS Radio News will provide national news updates, and financial news will be powered by The Wall Street Journal and the Dow Jones Money Report.
You can still catch your favorite local evening programs, including The Sports Connection with Joe Catenacci at 6 p.m. Mondays, The Economic Zone with Jim Russo at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Rassin on Real Estate at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, and The Car Doctor at 6 p.m. Thursdays.
The Dave Ramsey show will air from 7-10 p.m. weeknights, followed by Dr. Joy Browne from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Overnight America will air 1-5 a.m., followed by The Wall Street Journal This Morning 5-6 a.m.