Saturday, October 20, 2007

My new job in radio

After taking a well-deserved rest from politics, I've accepted a job that deals primarily with ... politics. Actually, my new position as host of WSPD's Eye on Toledo show (6-7 p.m. Mon-Fri) brings me full circle back to my college major.

I majored in communication at The University of Toledo, writing for the Collegian for four years. While I never did radio at school, I've been an ocassional guest host for Eye on Toledo over the last 10 months. As much as I enjoyed writing for the Collegian, I find that I relish the interaction with callers that a talk radio show provides.

My intent with the show is to provide information, education and interaction, but in an entertaining way ... focusing mainly on local news from Toledo and the surrounding area. When relevant, we'll also touch on state and national items of interest.

In case you're wondering, the reason an opening exists for Eye on Toledo is because my predecessor, Kevin Milliken, will be taking over the position of morning show news anchor. As Fred Lefebvre's morning show is the #1 rated morning talk show in Toledo, this is a nice assignment for Kevin and congrats are certainly in order.

I hope you'll tune in (1370 AM) or listen live via the Internet if you're outside the range of the station. And please call in - it is a 'talk' show, after all.

Additionally, The Toledo Free Press has asked me to do an op-ed column for them. My first column, which I will link to here, will be in the Oct. 27/28 weekend edition.

I will continue to blog, but I'm not sure how much my new responsibilities might impact the frequency of my posts. But between Eye on Toledo, the Free Press and my blog, you'll be able to find plenty of Thurber's Thoughts.


Jill said...

Ooo! Congratulations, Maggie!!! I love being the first to congratulate someone - thank you for giving me the chance.

Don't forget the citizen journalists. :)


Maggie Thurber said...

Many, many thanks, Jill!!!

I do plan to take advantage of the vast knowledge of my fellow bloggers and 'citizen journalists' ... stay tuned!

Jill said...

Well - I read up more on you today, and I have to say, I am just so impressed. Your blog posts certainly are indicative but then when I read what you've done, it's clear that you put your time and effort into things that really matter to a much broader audience than any one constituency. To me, that is real leadership. Anyway - sorry to be gushy - there just aren't a lot of people out there about whom I feel we can even say that.

Good luck to you.

Maggie Thurber said...

Considering your background and experience, Jill, that is high praise, indeed...and thank you very much!

(now I'm blushing!!!)

Lisa Renee said...

Maggie, I'm really happy for you that you'll have the show on a regular basis.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you cover in the future and I hope the show continues to grow.

Congrats on the Toledo Free Press, they are a great paper to work with.


Maggie Thurber said...

Thanks, Lisa ... this is another thing you (liberal) and I (conservative) have in common...hooda thunkit??? (with apologies to hooda)


Imani the Hype said...

this is Imani Lateef wishing you great success in this political endeavor. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for you.

Chad Quigley said...

Congrats!!!!!!!!! It will be refreshing to have common sense on least on that station;-)

I so plan to call ...

Maggie Thurber said...

Imani - so good to hear from you and thanks!

Chad - thanks to you as well!

Hooda Thunkit said...

Now that you've gotten my attention ;-)

I'll continue incognito for now, but who knows what the future holds, especially for us frustrated bloggers ;-)


Right Wing Toledo said...

Congrats! Rest assured, I'll be calling in. Now, I just have to figure out which super-secret, vast right-wing conspiracy supplied identity to use. ;)

bobthedad said...

Congrats! You've always done great as a sub, so no reason to change now. Just some free advice that is worth the price - set aside one day a week to be mayor free. Sometimes we just need a break.

Maggie Thurber said...

sure would be nice, wouldn't that - bobthedad? Of course, that's not dependent upon me...he just provides so much fodder for discussion. LOL

Not to worry - there are plenty of things to discuss besides Carty. :)

Chad said...

So true... Carty isn't the only subject...heck, there's a bunch of half truths, misleads and so on aside from him. He's just the "Springer" of it all ;-)

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