WPTK (AM 850) will flip from talk radio to a ‘60s and ‘70s contemporary-music format Thursday, more than five weeks after conservative talk-show host Doug Kellett left the station.
With that format change, some of the talk shows that have aired on 850 will shift to fellow Curtis Media Group station WPTF (NewsRadio 680), and others no longer will air locally.
Brian Freeman, director of spoken word formats for Curtis Media and the director of news, confirmed the changes.
Also beginning Thursday, WPTK can be also heard on FM 104.7 in Durham and Raleigh. East Carolina football aired on 850 last season, but it isn’t clear where those games will air this season in the Triangle.
“The Bill LuMaye Show” — the local conservative afternoon drive-time program that has aired from 3–7 p.m. weekdays on 850 — will air from 10 a.m.–noon on 680.
Previously, 850 simulcasted 680’s North Carolina’s Morning News from 6–9 a.m., which it had done since July 21, the day after Kellett’s last show.
Starting Thursday, 680 will air “North Carolina’s Morning News” from 5–10 a.m., followed by LuMaye’s show.
Morning news hosts will be Dave Richmond (5–6), Freeman (6–9) and Brandon Dickson (9–10), with Patrick Johnson doing news updates and Dave Alexander providing traffic reports.
Bruce Ferrell will be host for “North Carolina’s News at Noon” from noon–1 p.m., followed by “The Clark Howard Show,” which previously aired on 850, from 1–3 p.m.
News follows Clark Howard’s show: “North Carolina’s Afternoon News” with Dickson from 3–4 p.m., followed by “North Carolina’s Evening News” with Scott Briggaman from 4–7 p.m.
Wednesday is LuMaye’s last show from 3–7 p.m. weekdays, a slot he held since moving from morning-drive time in October 2012 when “Brad and Britt” left for WBT in Charlotte.
Most of the rest of WPTF’s schedule remains the same: Tom Kearney’s show airs from 9–10 p.m., Dr. Joy Browne runs from 10 p.m. –1 a.m. and Red Eye Radio airs from 1–5 a.m.
There will be only one hour of Clark Howard in the evening instead of two hours. The third hour of his show that doesn’t air in the afternoon will air from 7–8 p.m., followed by the best of that day’s LuMaye show from 8–9 p.m.
Two specialty shows that formerly aired from 9–10 a.m. on 850 will now air weekends on 680: “Asset Protection Today with Bill Alexander” (aired Tuesdays, but now will air at 11 a.m. Saturdays on 680) and “The Financial Planning Hour with Rick Parks” (aired Wednesdays, but now will air at 1 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.) The “People in Politics” show now moves to 5 p.m. Saturdays. It’s not clear if the “Making Your Home Great with Architect Stephen Clipp” that aired Thursdays on 850 will continue to be broadcast locally.
Gone are three other weekday shows that aired weekdays on 850 that featured Sam Sorbo (10 a.m.–1 p.m.), Ian Freeman (7–9 p.m.) and Lars Larson (9 p.m.–1 a.m.)