Actually not a new voice, but a bigger one. Back in 2009, CBS decided it could save money by putting Jon Grayson on its major market Flame Thrower AM talk radio stations (formerly part of Westinghouse) – KDKA in Pittsburgh, WCCO in Minneapolis / St Paul, KMOX in Saint Louis and WBZ in Boston – there was immediate pushback in Boston and CBS rehired a local person for overnights. Jon does his Overnight America show from KMOX in Saint Louis – the show runs from 1-6 AM Eastern Time.
What is changing is that Jon Grayson is being picked up by Dial Global (the former Jones Radio and Westwood One) for syndication nationally – filling the hole left by the sudden departure of the Midnight Radio Network guys who now do Redeye Radio for Cumulus Media.
Despite Jon Grayson being on for so long, I know very little about him or what he talks about or believes. My sense is he is similar to Doug McIntyre – willing to talk about politics but not obsessed with the subject. He has virtually no presence here in terms of listening by web site visitors – few peolple come here to randomly listen to radio stations, so they don’t know he exists outside of the 3 markets where he is heard.
Any new live overnight alternatives to the hegemony of Coast to Coast is a good thing – perhaps a few program directors will give a listen to the show. A program director being able to “Listen In” on talent in other markets without being observed (instead of getting cherry picked examples of their program thrown at them over the transom) has always been one of the ways that I hoped this directory and internet streaming in general could be useful..