WIBC-FM 93.1 conducted a nationwide talent search for its afternoon drive-time slot, which has been without a regular host since March. In the end, the city's top-rated talk station decided to fill the opening from within.
Late this month, Miriam Weaver and Amy Jo Clark will occupy the key 4-to-6 p.m. weekday period previously helmed by former standup comedian Ed Wenck. Wenck early this year joined the sales staff of Emmis Communications sister station WFNI-AM 1070/FM 107.5 “The Fan.”
Since April, the women have hosted the “Chicks on the Right” show on Saturday afternoons. It will now run Monday through Friday.
The show is named for a blog and website of the same name created by Clark and Weaver five years ago. "Chicks on the Right" ranks as one of the top 20 conservative sites and has over 175,000 Facebook fans.
The feisty duo has been mentioned in the Washington Post and on Fox News Channel.
“We embrace our own feminism, and leave the bra burning and hairy armpits to the Gloria Steinemites … We believe that America is not only just exceptional, but that it is simply the most kickass country that has ever existed,” the women proclaim on their website.
Moving to five days a week “will be a complete career shift for them,” said WIBC Program Director David Wood. He said Weaver’s day job is in human resources and recruiting, while Clark is a medical writer at Eli Lilly and Co.
“They are a couple of 40-something women that live everyday lives that happen to be conservative as well,” said Wood.
He added that the show tends to deal with topics of the day, but also is a “fun show.” WIBC’s current female conservative voice, Dana Loesch, who follows Rush Limbaugh at 3 p.m. and originates from Emmis’ KFTK-FM in St. Louis, has a rapier wit, but can be heart attack-intense in her commentary.
Late afternoons on WIBC once were the province of comedian Dave “The King” Wilson, whom Emmis axed in 2009 as part of budget cuts.
He was replaced by station veteran Steve Simpson, who soon was transferred to mornings as part of a broader talent reshuffling. Wenck took over in early 2010 with a more news-oriented program called Indy's Afternoon News.
It hasn’t been decided what will air in place of Saturday’s "Chicks on the Right." It could become a “best of” show from other programs on WIBC or the station could develop new talent for the late-Saturday slot, Wood said.