Media Watch


The media jobs search for Tucson generally brings up pretty barren results, but the folks at Arizona Public Media seem bent on bucking that trend. Weeks after the new multihost launch of AZ Illustrated, the UA-based organization is in the market for reporters and promotional hires on the television and radio side.

Among the recent additions is Zac Ziegler, one of the new voices for AZPM's radio interests. He provides news reports at midday and on weekend mornings for the NPR affiliate. Ziegler also is a member of the reporting pool, where he'll assist in the morning and afternoon drive-time programming and on AZ Spotlight.

"I love working for the NPR station that I grew up listening to," said Ziegler, who filed stories for the NPR outlet in Flagstaff before returning to Tucson for his second local radio stint. "This is a staff made up of consummate professionals. It's an environment that will let me grow as a reporter and learn from some really talented people."


If you follow the radio business in Tucson, you are likely familiar with Tim Richards, who had two stints in program management roles at the Clear Channel cluster.

A few years ago, Richards relocated to Phoenix to become executive producer of the JohnJay and Rich morning-drive radio program, based out of the Valley and syndicated on a few regional Clear Channel signals, including KRQQ 93.7 FM.

Richards left that position a month or so ago, thus ending a relatively lengthy tenure with Clear Channel. But it didn't take him long to find another opportunity. He was recently hired as program director for CBS-owned KMLE 107.9 FM, a country station in Phoenix that has been in a long battle with KNIX 102.5 FM, the legacy country station in the market, which happens to be owned by Clear Channel.

During one of Richards' stays in Tucson, Clear Channel attempted to make a move on the Old Pueblo's legacy country offering, KIIM 99.5 FM, but the Coyote Country experiment on 92.9 FM flamed out in short order. Coincidentally, Clear Channel has added voices to its most recent country offering, Wild Country, at the shoddy 97.1 FM signal, but some of that voice talent is piped in from KNIX.


News/talker KVOI 1030 AM is making a change to its syndicated slate. The Andrea Tantaros Show begins its run on the station from 8 to 10 weekday mornings, replacing Dennis Miller.

Tantaros is one of the hosts of The Five on Fox News and also is a political columnist for the New York Daily News.

"We are always looking for the next rising star in talk radio and I think Andrea is it," said Good News Radio and KVOI GM Doug Martin. "She is highly accomplished and brings a youthful zeal to her show."

Miller's show will still air on KVOI, but it's relegated to weeknights from 9 to 11. That move shifts Herman Cain's syndicated offering to weeknights from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. Dennis Prager is available for insomniacs from 1 to 4 on weekday mornings.

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