Veteran journalist and radio talk show host Brian Wilson was named the permanent host of Nashville’s Morning News, which airs weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m, on Tuesday.
The announcement was made on-air at 8:45 a.m. by Supertalk 99.7 FM WTN program director and mid-day host Dan Mandis.
“In 30 years of radio I’ve never seen a new host accepted in a new city the way Brian has been accepted,” Mandis said.
“I am thrilled to be here. I love Nashville. WTN is like a family. Very much like Nashville. I love working with Michael DelGiorno and Dan Mandis, and the crew on the morning show, producer Chris Webber, traffic reporter Michael Vance and news anchor Ken Weaver,” Wilson added.
Wilson stayed after the end of his program to appear briefly on the Michael DelGiorno Show, which airs on WTN from 9:00 am to noon on weekdays.
When he signed on at 9:06 am, Del Giorno said he was excited to have Brian Wilson as WTN’s new morning man.
“I am thankful Brian has accepted the job,” DelGiorno added.
Cumulus Media, which owns WTN, issued a press release announcing Wilson’s hiring simultaneous to the on-air announcement by Mandis.
You can read that statement here:
Cumulus Media announces that it has signed veteran broadcaster Brian Wilson as the Host of Nashville’s Morning News on Nashville’s premier News Talk radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WWTN-FM, airing weekdays from 5:00am-9:00am. Wilson heads to Nashville from Washington, D.C., where he was most recently Co-Host of the popular morning show on Cumulus News Talk station WMAL-AM/FM.
Wilson previously served as a senior correspondent and anchor for the FOX News Channel. Based in the nation’s capital, he covered the White House, Capitol Hill, and everything in between. Prior to his time at FOX News. Wilson co-anchored the Emmy Award-winning FOX 5 Morning News on WTTG in Washington, D.C. He has twice served as chairman of the 2500 member Capitol Hill Radio TV Correspondents Association and graduated with distinction from American University with a Master’s Degree in Print Journalism. A native of Odessa, TX, Wilson began his career in radio news and racked up a string of statewide awards when he was only 19. Wilson began his television career in Amarillo, TX, at the age of 21 and spent time as a reporter and anchor in Mobile, AL, before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1986.
Dan Mandis, Program Director, SuperTalk 99.7 WWTN-FM, said: “Brian has spent decades telling stories, whether covering the White House in Washington, D.C. or local stories from America’s heartland, and he’s seen it all. As Brian has been covering Nashville’s Morning News on WWTN, listeners have already been responding to his perspective and insights. I’m thrilled that he’s committed to moving to Nashville and hosting Nashville’s Morning News full time. He’s a great addition to an already outstanding radio station.”
Wilson said: “Even though I was born in Texas and spent the bulk of my professional career in Washington, D.C/, I always felt at home when I visited Nashville. Beyond the great music scene, I’ve been impressed with the friendliness and common sense of the folks here. I’m thrilled to be out of the Washington swamp and to be establishing roots in Music City. I’m also pleased to renew my association with Cumulus. Thanks to my old Cumulus boss in D.C., Bill Hess, and Cumulus/Westwood One EVP of Content & Programming Mike McVay, for their instrumental role in making this happen. I look forward to working with my new Nashville bosses, Allison Warren, Charlie Cook, Dan Mandis — and WTN’s top-flight morning team — to make Nashville’s Morning News the dominant show in its time slot. In Nashville, they often say that the formula for a good Country song is, “three chords and the truth.” I’ll leave the guitar playing to the Nashville Cats, but I’ll do my very best to give Music City the truth as best I can discern it.”
Allison Warren, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Nashville, said: “Today’s announcement helps solidify SuperTalk 99.7 as Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s premier live and local news talk station. Nashville and Middle Tennessee residents craving topical and relevant news, weather and traffic are about to be challenged, entertained and engaged like never before.”
WWTN is Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s local source for News, Traffic, Weather, and Talk. With a 100,000 watt FM signal, WWTN is heard daily in over 45 counties in Middle Tennessee, Northern Alabama, and Southern Kentucky. WWTN’s programming remains LIVE and LOCAL from 5am-7pm with Nashville’s Morning News’ newest Host Brian Wilson from 5am-9am, Michael DelGiorno from 9am until Noon, The Dan Mandis Show from Noon until 3pm and Phil Valentine’s award-winning show from 3pm until 7pm.
About Cumulus Media
A leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media (PINK: CMLSQ) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million people reached each week through its 446 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 US media markets (including eight of the top 10), approximately 8,000 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus/Westwood One platforms make Cumulus Media one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. Cumulus/Westwood One is the exclusive radio broadcast partner to some of the largest brands in sports, entertainment, news, and talk, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, Westwood One News, and more. Additionally, it is the nation’s leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, exclusive digital content, and live events. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.