- - Sunday, February 23, 2014

Former Rep. Ernest Istook is launching a new radio show Monday, returning to the airwaves in his home state on KZLS, 1640 AM “The Eagle” in Oklahoma City.

The Ernest Istook Live show, produced in partnership with The Washington Times, will also be broadcast across the nation starting in March on the newspaper’s on-demand radio network available in cars and mobile devices via the Kaliki Audio Newstand.

Mr. Istook represented the Oklahoma City area for 14 years in the U.S. House, and his show will be broadcast from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST each weekday. The addition of Mr. Istook will complete KZLS’s format conversion from oldies music to news/talk.

“I represent the other E-I-B,” Mr. Istook says. “In this case, that’s Ernest Istook Broadcasting. It’s talk radio that knows all of Washington’s secrets and lets people know how it will impact them.

“But I’m also about life, the universe and everything not just politics. And I’ll express righteous indignation, but not anger.”

Mr. Istook’s broadcast roots trace back to his college years in Texas; news and talk radio then took him to Oklahoma where he settled, raised his family and became a notable political figure. He was rated one of the top 20 conservative lawmakers in the U.S. Congress.

Mr. Istook’s show is available for national syndication through The Washington Times Web site, and his weekly column can also be read in the newspaper.

KZLS has also added longtime Oklahoma City morning host Reid Mullins in its morning drive slot. Other KZLS offerings will include Mancow, Andy Dean, The Schnitt Show, and RedEye Radio overnight. RedEye Radio is one of multiple national shows for which Mr. Istook has served as a frequent guest host.

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