NewsRadio 590 has made a few tweaks to its lineup.
The news/talk station has added the nationally syndicated “Kilmeade and Friends” to its weekday schedule, airing from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The program, hosted by Brian Kilmeade from “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Channel, “thoroughly covers the day’s big stories in politics, money, sports and entertainment while interviewing America’s top newsmakers.”
To make way for the new addition, the locally produced “Mark & Charlie” show, which aired at 10 a.m., has been canceled.
The new schedule, which features 10 hours of live, local programming each weekday, is set to debut Monday on 590 AM and 99.7 FM.
The biggest change: Hosts Todd Jeffries and Don Pryor are taking over the morning drive shift.
The station’s morning show has been in a fluid state in recent weeks, since co-host Sgt. Sam Cox retired. Cox’s former co-hosts, Mark Caesar and Ed Clements, are sticking with the station, but will be heard later in the day.
Caesar will helm a show from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. alongside Charlie Hodge. Hodge was previously on sister station 93.7 KLBJ-FM.
Clements, meanwhile, will team up with longtime NewsRadio KLBJ afternoon host Jeff Ward from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“Austin’s diverse and rapidly growing population deserves an outlet for meaningful, insightful conversation, and we believe this lineup serves that interest with the most compelling and entertaining hosts in Austin and beyond,” said Chase Rupe, vice president of programming and operations for Emmis Austin Radio, NewsRadio KLBJ’s owner.
A new show from 93.7 KLBJ-FM’s Dale Dudley is being added weekdays at 2 p.m., while another newcomer, the nationally syndicated “Dana Show” featuring conservative talker Dana Loesch, will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dudley will continue to co-host the 93.7 KLBJ-FM morning show, as well.
“NewsRadio KLBJ is available on 590 AM, the region’s biggest radio signal, and also in Austin on 99.7 FM,” said Emmis Austin Radio vice president and market manager Scott Gillmore. “We are welcoming another generation of information-hungry listeners to Austin’s most venerable and provocative radio brand.”
Longtime Austin radio personality Sgt. Sam Cox will retire at the end of the month.
Cox, part of the morning show on NewsRadio KLBJ (590 AM/99.7 FM), has been with the station for nearly three decades.
“For 28 years, Austinites have known they can wake up and drive to work getting heartfelt and no-punches-pulled analysis and commentary from the perspective of a man who has served this community with honor,” said Scott Gillmore, market manager for Emmis Austin Radio, NewsRadio KLBJ’s owner. “We’ll miss him on our airwaves, but we wish Sam Cox the best and we have no doubts that his service to our community will continue.”
In addition to his radio career, Cox spent 31 years as an Austin police officer, joining the force in 1964. Three of those years, he served as president of the Austin Police Association.
He later joined the Texas Department of Transportation, where he helped create highway courtesy patrols.