FARGO — Big changes are coming to the radio waves of Fargo-Moorhead.
Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, WDAY 970 AM will debut its new weekday lineup.
"AM Fargo-Moorhead with Mike Kapel" will now air 7 to 11 a.m. weekdays. The show will replace "The Mike McFeely Show" and also include the former "First News on WDAY" time slot, which ran from 7 to 9 a.m.
Kapel says the early portion of his show until 8:30 a.m. will continue to offer "fast and furious" information about news, weather, sports, traffic and more, while the remainder will dive into news, issues and politics with pundits and guests.
McFeely, who was on the air from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays, announced Nov. 12 that he will be leaving radio to devote more time and energy to his column and digital platform with The Forum.
Rob Port, longtime host of "The Rob (re)Port," also stepped away from the mic Friday, Nov. 16, focusing his energy on writing as well. His show had aired from noon to 2 p.m.
Beginning Monday, syndicated program "The Markley & van Camp Show" will air 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. The show, based in Peoria, Ill., is hosted by David van Camp and Jamie Markley and offers "an often humorous collection of hot takes on the day's top trending stories," according to a news release from earlier this year.
"The Jay Thomas Show" will stay put on the weekday lineup from 2 to 5 p.m.
Kapel, who serves as WDAY's radio program director, says the lineup changes aim to make talk radio "more accessible to more listeners."
"We want to invite them to give talk radio a try," he says. "What we're offering goes beyond the formula of stuffy political over-analysis."