20 Oct Talk radio’s Mike McFeely returning to 970 WDAY and The Forum
Beginning Monday, “The Mike McFeely Show” will air Monday-Friday on 970 WDAY from 8:30-11 a.m., pitting him squarely against the show hosted by his former boss Joel Heitkamp.
“When I left The Forum in 2009, one of the quotes I gave a reporter was ‘I will always be an ink-stained wretch.’ I never lost that belief. I have had more people than you’d believe in the last six years tell me they miss my columns in the newspaper. I am excited to write for The Forum and its web site again.”
McFeely gave Heitkamp and KFGO notice of his resignation late Tuesday morning, though buzz about a major local radio shakeup had been rumored for weeks. His show will not air the rest of the week.
In addition to hosting his daily radio show, McFeely will return to writing news and sports columns for The Forum and inforum.com, a role he long held before also trying his hand at talk radio in 2008.
In early 2009, Heitkamp hired McFeely to fill KFGO’s 2-5 p.m. daily talk slot.
In returning to his longtime employer The Forum and 970 WDAY, McFeely cited a desire to reach a larger audience with his writing, collaborate with more journalists and be part of an aggressive and innovative multimedia company.
“WDAY-AM is a heritage radio station in this market. It is one of the few stations easily identifiable by its call letters. There is power and potential there. Combine that with the resources of Forum Communications and you could call 970 a sleeping giant in talk-radio in this market. I know many in the local radio industry view 970 that way.”