|Talk Radio Host Bill Sturgeon Joining Taconic's WTBR|
|05:01PM / Thursday, May 24, 2012|
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School station 89.7 WTBR-FM is expanding its morning community talk segment with the arrival of Bill Sturgeon to the WTBR adult volunteer staff.
Beginning on Tuesday, May 29, Sturgeon will be handling the new morning talk segment from 8:30 to 10, immediately following the popular morning talk show "Good Morning Pittsfield," hosted by John Krol.
Following his recent departure from WBRK, Sturgeon appeared on "Good Morning Pittsfield" and publicly offered to bring his show to 89.7 WTBR-FM. Krol thought that was a good idea, since there was always the hope of expanding local talk on WTBR until the rock format kicks in at 10. Station manager and student adviser Larry Kratka, told Krol that Sturgeon would add a new dimension to the morning talk block, bringing years of talk radio experience to WTBR. Sturgeon also has a long list of community leaders ready to invite on his show.
Sturgeon is planning on doing straight interviews with a wide assortment of guests in the 90-minute time period but will not be taking phone calls. There is the possibility that Sturgeon will do some of his programs "live" on location, using the WTBR mobile studio.
WTBR-FM also has a new student program director in Shannon Moon, who will be entering her senior year at Taconic High School next fall. Moon has been on the air at WTBR for two years and is anxious to assume the duties of program director, which will include scheduling for daily broadcasts and WTBR special broadcasts such as Third Thursday, the Ethnic Fair and the station's 2nd annual 26-hour "Cop on Top" broadcast planned for December.
She takes over for PD Shane Reed, who is graduating this year and will continue as an adult volunteer with WTBR. Reed has been broadcasting on WTBR for four years, joining the station as a freshman.
WTBR-FM has also been asked by Pittsfield Cultural Director Megan Whilden, to be the official radio station of the "Moby-Dick" festival "Call Me Melville." Plans are in the works for WTBR to broadcast a chapter of the book on a daily basis.