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“Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” the popular weekend radio talk show, returns to the airwaves Sunday night in its normal time slot of 7-9 p.m. Eastern.
After four years on WABC Radio, Klein’s show will now air on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and can also be heard online at am970theanswer.com.
Klein yesterday signed with Salem Communications, one of the nation’s largest owners of radio stations. His show made the move last month from WABC Radio after the New York City station made a strategic decision to focus weekend shows on local interests instead of national and international affairs.
“I am thrilled to be joining Salem Radio and AM 970 The Answer to bring energetic, news-driven, live talk radio to the Sunday night line-up,” said Klein. “Together, we will prove there is a major audience for weekend talk radio if the content is compelling enough.
“I am particularly excited about the opportunity to work with Salem Vice President and Director of Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce after hearing from various colleagues for years about his legendary programming career,” added Klein.
Boyce returned the compliment, stating: “After years of competing with Aaron Klein and his program on WABC, we now have grabbed him to join our new and re-vamped lineup on AM 970 The Answer.
“I have had so many people ask me if we could bring Aaron over to our station, and it is a pleasure to do so. He fits our station and our attitude just fine, and I can’t wait to see what he is going to break next.”
Klein also is a WND senior reporter and the WND Jerusalem bureau chief.
Klein joins the newly revamped lineup of AM 970 The Answer, where recent additions include Joe Piscopo in the morning, long-time NYC talker John Gambling at 11 a.m. Eastern and Joe Walsh at 5 p.m.
“There is a huge opportunity to do great talk radio in New York, and we intend to fill that void,” said Boyce.
For the third year in a row, Klein’s Sunday night radio program made the radio industry’s highly coveted Talkers magazine “Heavy Hundred,” the only local weekend host to make the prestigious list.
Once per year, Talkers Magazine issues the “Heavy Hundred” ranking of the top 100 most-listened-to radio hosts in America, which often is quoted in newspapers and other publications. With thousands of weekday shows on air, it is rare for a weekend program to make the list.
The Talkers list is the second recent top ranking for Klein’s show in recent weeks. He also came in at No. 37 on the list of the Internet’s Talk Stream Live “Power 50,” which ranks the “most influential and most-listened-to streaming talk show hosts.”
Talk Stream Live says it sampled more than 3.5 million listeners in 2013 to produce its Power 50 Report.
That Internet ranking was ahead of many daily shows and also was surprising considering Klein’s show is not nationally syndicated.