Listeners will feel like “they’re sitting around with friends on the porch, having fun,” chatting (and sometimes arguing) about the news of the day, maybe enjoying a good cigar.
That’s talk radio veteran Rusty Humphries downplaying the impact of his highly rated show, which soon will be heard by more people than ever.
Starting Monday, Oct. 15, Humphries’ program – the 8th largest syndicated talk show in America – moves to afternoon drive, to be heard on a total of 285 stations across the country.
The move is part of the shakeup that occurred after Michael Savage’s successful lawsuit against his long-time syndication company made him a “free agent.”
Finally able to get out of his contract, Savage departed the airwaves earlier this month. While he hints that he’ll be back on terrestrial radio “within the next two weeks,” his sudden departure prompted Talk Radio Network to move Jerry Doyle into Savage’s old evening timeslot.
In turn, that move led to TRN’s Rusty Humphries taking over Doyle’s afternoon drive-time position from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern.
TRN, which also features popular talkers Laura Ingraham, Monica Crowley, Barry Farber and Mancow, describes Humphries as “a critical part of the future of talk radio” and “a master storyteller.”
Mark Masters, CEO of TRN Enterprises, added: “Rusty’s expertise on foreign policy and military affairs is among the best of any national broadcaster. When he offers commentary, it is backed with real-life experience straight from the front lines. I congratulate Rusty on his move from the 8th largest show to the 6th largest show in America.”
Starting Monday afternoon, when commuters turn on their radios after a long, hard day at work, what can they expect to hear on Humphries’ show?
“My show may have a little more of a faster feel than my longtime listeners may be used to,” Humphries told WND.
As well, Humphries explained, it will now be a lot easier for him to get “big name guests” to come on during the afternoon than it was before.
“I just left Sony Studios on the old MGM lot,” he tells WND. “I was having lunch with Allen Covert, who’s in all the Adam Sandler movies. We were talking politics.”
Humphries’ many friends like these, from the worlds of entertainment, politics and the military (including the Pentagon), will be some of the A-list guests to whom listeners can look forward.
Unlike most talk radio hosts, Rusty Humphries also happens to be an expert on foreign affairs.
“I don’t pontificate. I have the facts to back up what I say,” he explains. “I’ve traveled around the world. I’ve talked with terrorists face to face.” In the last few years alone, Humphries has been to Iraq, Kuwait, Israel and other far-flung destinations.
It’s this well-roundedness that sets Humphries apart, and will make his show appointment listening.
Best of all, fans accustomed to hearing Rusty in the evenings will still be able to do so: His afternoon show will be replayed on many stations in its old 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time slot.
Humphries played a major role in WND’s 2010 “Taking America Back” conference in Miami, and WND personalities are frequent guests on his show. Says Humphries to new potential listeners to his afternoon program, “Strong conservatives and anyone who loves this country will appreciate the show.”
Humphries encourages longtime fans and new listeners alike to visit his website and keep up with him on Twitter (@talk2rusty) and Facebook where free streaming of his broadcast will also be available.