Add radio talk show host to the extensive resume’ of Geraldo Rivera. Cumulus has announced that Rivera is joining 77 WABC as midday host starting on Jan. 3. Rivera fills the 10 a.m. to noon slot held by Joe Crummey, until being let go last week.
The award-winning journalist will continue his Fox News duties, hosting the Sunday night Geraldo at Large. He’ll remain a frequent contributor to weekday programming throughout the day and during prime time.
The NewThe New York Times, which broke the story yesterday, said Rivera recently signed a new four-year deal with Fox. “This is a lifetime dream come true, hosting a talk radio show in the city where everyone has an opinion on everything,” Rivera said in a statement. “I want this show to provide a marketplace for the unpredictable, and also add some much-needed balance on talk radio during this heated election cycle. My slogan is, ‘I’m Geraldo and I’m not always right.’”
Rivera broke into broadcasting in a big way – as a reporter on WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News in 1970. Within two years, the Brooklyn-born Rivera was honored for his acclaimed expose’ of patients’ abysmal treatment at Willowbrook State School. During that same time, Rivera did radio commentaries on WPLJ, which remains a sister station of WABC radio.
“When we acquired 77 WABC as part of taking over the Citadel group of stations this fall we knew that adding a compelling and unique voice to the world of talk radio would be a top priority, and we’re quite excited to have the biggest and boldest name in opinion journalism now part of the Cumulus family,” said John Dickey, co-chief operating officer of Cumulus.
The tagline for Rivera’s new show, his first on the radio, will reflect his dedication to patriotism and candid discourse – “Not Red. Not Blue. But Red, White & Blue.”