- The Washington Times - Monday, August 8, 2011

A familiar voice is back. Veteran radio host and newsman Andy Parks will return to the Washington airwaves with an afternoon program that combines his inimitable personality with a powerful news source and established media brand.

“Andy Parks Live From The Washington Times” debuts Aug. 22 from a studio overlooking the newsroom of The Washington Times. The afternoon drive-time show from 3 to 6 p.m. will be heard on Metro Radio Inc. stations WTNT-AM (730) and WKDL-AM (1250), and streamed live on washingtontimes.com and 730wtnt.com.

The Times has been my paper of choice for many years, telling the real story about politics, national security and life in the most powerful city in the world,” Mr. Parks said. “This new show represents a bold, forward-thinking approach to deliver the pages of The Washington Times not only in print or on the Web, but by spoken word.”

Programming will feature conversation, breaking news and opinion, augmented by in-depth reports from Washington Times journalists who are literally steps away from the studio. Newsmaker interviews with politicians and business and government leaders will be a fixture, along with live calls from listeners.

Andy Parks is a well-known, admired and trusted radio personality for those who live in Washington,” said Thomas P. McDevitt, president of The Washington Times. “We are honored and excited to expand our radio presence for hometown audiences by bringing Andy back on the air broadcasting live and embedded right in our own newsroom.”

Mr. Parks will be joined in-studio for daily exchanges with columnist Jeffrey Kuhner and “Inside the Beltway” columnist Jennifer Harper, along with other Times editors and reporters. Ann Wog will serve as executive producer; she was executive director of the former “Grandy and Andy” show when Mr. Parks teamed with former Rep. Fred Grandy on WMAL-AM.

His role as a journalist has not been overlooked.

“Having Andy as part of our team is going to be a real treat for listeners throughout the area who turn to The Washington Times for distinctive reporting and commentary,” said Ed Kelley, editor of The Times.

With a familiar voice and appealing demeanor, Mr. Parks, 57, has informed and entertained Washington listeners for more than 30 years on WMAL, Metro Traffic Control and other news outlets. He is a two-time winner of the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Award for “Major Market Personality of the Year.”

He earns kudos from Thomas Culligan, chief revenue and marketing officer for The Times, who noted, “Andy Parks is revered by advertisers in Washington as a trusted voice.”

“It is great to have him back on the air,” agreed Bruce Houston, president of Metro Radio.

The drive-time show will work in concert with news, social media, interactive polls, headlines and commentary found on The Washington Times’ website. It joins the newspaper’s other radio offering, “America’s Morning News,” a national program also heard on WTNT, as well as 130 stations across the U.S.

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