Geraldo Rivera will be launching his own live radio show on 77 WABC starting Jan. 1 and focusing on New York City.
The show, which will be called "Geraldo," will air weekdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST and be carried by Cumulus Media – the nation's second largest owner and operator of AM and FM radio stations. It will focus on the veteran journalist's hometown of New York City, concentrating on the social and political issues that impact all Americans, but particularly those affecting urban communities through the eyes of New Yorkers.
"For the last four decades, in war and peace I've been chasing the news around the world. But there's a universe of stories right here in my hometown," Rivera said in a press release. "Energized and excited by this opportunity, I'm taking our show to the four corners of the five boroughs. I'll be on the streets and in the face of lawbreakers and newsmakers, ready with a hot mike and a helping hand."
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MediaBistro.com's TV Newser reported that the radio show launch will be a "retooling" of a pre-existing show Rivera
has been hosting between New York and Los Angeles, only the focus will shift entirely to covering the Big Apple.
Rivera will reportedly remain a correspondent-at-large for Fox News and continue to host his nationally-syndicated show on Fox – "Geraldo at Large."
One of the show's central focuses will be getting Americans back to work, according to the Cumulus press release, which noted that Rivera will "continue his fight against unemployment by broadcasting live from [the] upcoming 'Put Americans Back to Work' job expos and events hosted by Cumulus."
"We are excited that one of the most recognized and respected names in media will be sharing his perspectives on New York issues and supporting local causes that matter most to listeners in one of our top markets," Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Cumulus John Dickey said in a press release.
The Brooklyn born 70-year-old veteran journalist has been reporting for more than 40 years, having started with WABC-TV's "Eyewitness News" in 1970.
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In addition to his current show on Fox News, Rivera has been a host on ABC's "Good Morning America" and "20/20," as well as CNBC's "Rivera Live," which ran for 11 years. Throughout his four decade-plus career, Rivera has won numerous journalism awards including a George Foster Peabody Award, three national and seven local Emmys, and two Scripps Howard Journalism Awards.
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