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Talk-radio conservative Abdul slated for WIBC-FM lineup

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Fans of local conservative commentator Abdul-Hakim Shabazz have been waiting for his on-air return to commercial radio since WXNT-AM 1430 cut his “Abdul in the Mornings” show in 2011.

The wait is about over, as the cigar-chomping attorney will host a show at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays on WIBC-FM 93.1, starting June 1.

“He has a nice following and he does a fun show,” said David Wood, program director for Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp.'s local stations. Shabazz will take phone calls from listeners on politics and current affairs.

He has frequently made light of his incongruous profile—being black, conservative and a Muslim. Shabazz currently is editor and publisher of IndyPolitics.org and a frequent commentator in print publications. He’s also an attorney at Indianapolis law firm Lewis and Wilkins.

The 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. slot is currently home to sports host Jersey Johnny, who also has a show on Emmis’ WFNI-AM 1070, on Sundays. Years earlier, the Saturday afternoon slot was home to “Crime Beat,” hosted by former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

On Monday, federal officials announced that one of Brizzi’s former lieutenants, ex-chief deputy David Wyser, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of bribery. Wyser, 53, has agreed to cooperate with authorities as they continue an investigation led by the FBI. Brizzi is a target, according to IBJ sources, but has not been charged with any crime and has denied wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, WIBC this week may fill its vacant position for news director, Wood said.

A few months ago, the news-talk radio station, one of the few in the state to offer a local news reporting team, switched its network affiliation from ABC News to Fox News.

The move has fueled speculation that the station might pull back on its local news coverage—perhaps leading the hour with a Fox news report followed by smattering of local news on the backend of the report. Such a change could portend a reduction in news staff, local media sources told IBJ.

Wood said the incoming news director will review operations, but that “we’re not dialing back our news in any way.”

Shabazz’s old employer, WXNT, recently switched from all-syndicated news-talk to sports-talk content from CBS.

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  • Conservative?
    How, on earth, does Indiana come to associate WIBC's Abdul-Hakim Shabazz with the term "conservative"?20
  • Need more Abdul!!!
    I really wish WIBC would get rid of Dana and the chicks on the right show!! I really like to hear what Abdul says! He gives me a lot to think about and provides info that you can't get anywhere else!
  • !!
    This. Abdul is wrong about so much, but at least he actually has a pragmatic side.
  • Maybe?
    A non-doctrinaire host? You know, someone not so soothing to the mindless Republican partisan which populate the programming of WIBC?
  • My Detractors
    You guys have some "interesting" comments to say the least. I hope you will call in and share those opinions starting June 1. I'm looking forward to having you on the air.
  • hmm
    I'm sorry but what are Abdul's credentials for giving legal advice and opinions? Paul Ogden and Gary Welsh would be much better candidates.
    • Welcome
      Great to hear that you will be back Abdul. I don't understand why people are hating on you.
    • Just Making $
      Mr. Abdul is just another extremist radio personality actor in Indy. It is hard to know if he really believes in what he says. His job is to preach to those who already believe in what he says while he makes money for his bosses. He/they will use fear to go after the weak and those who only want to see what they believe. It has worked greatly for these companies who hire actors like Mr. Abdul in states like Indiana, but it is much harder for their BS to work in states with more diversity (race, ethnic background, religion, education, etc.). They like to hire actors like Mr. Abdul (who is also a minority in race and maybe religion? - although only by his name) to show that they are really reaching out to everyone. Fortunately this country is still the best on earth and can let them make a (dishonest) living.
      • Uh
        What's that saying, I forget, something like "Those Who Can, Teach. Those Who Cannot, Pass Laws About Teaching" And those who can't pass laws or show up to the courthouse go on radio shows! Your wife must be so proud!
      • Um...
        You won't find anything here in Central Indiana because my law license is in Illinois. Also remember, not every lawyer goes to court. Thanks for caring enough to look though. Please call in on June 1.
        • Um
          Abdul, can you please post the last five cases you filed or represented someone on? That is all public record but I can't find any for you in Marion or any of our contiguous counties. Thanx!
          • more
            Jersey Johnny DOES have soul, and heart. WIBC could use more people like him.
          • Honor Flight
            Even though I won't be able to promote it on Saturdays anymore, I encourage folks to get involved with our Honor Flight hub in Indianapolis. We are flying to DC again in Early September, taking WWII Veterans to see the momument that they earned. We have room for a few more veterans, can always add guardians, and we could always use volunteers for our ground crew. I will continue to promote this on my show on 1070thefan, and will have a fundraising auction this summer, which will be a great Colts gameday experience. The clock is ticking on these heroes. Get involved. Email me at the 1070thefan website and I will get you pointed in the right direction.
            • Back to the airwaves?
              Abdul never really left the Indy airwaves - he's been on 91.9 - WITT since Sept. 2012
            • Radio Indiana?
              WIBC can't afford to do it anymore. The Dana show is great, for St. Louis. Here it's out of place and digitally delayed by a few hours. The station no longer has any soul like they had in the Jeff Pidgeon/Dave Wilson era. Even with Denny Smith on at night they retained some of that local relatable feel. Their news department has been weak for at least 3 years. Abdul would be a big help if they put him on nightly (or daily), but they probably can't afford his price.
            • WIBC Needs To Be Better To Stay Relevant & Profitable
              BLOGojevicg is right. WIBC needs to be much more local and add real value to our local community. Local news/politics is just the start. How about a partnership with VisitIndy and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine to highlight local art and culture? How about a partnership with IBJ and Indy Chamber/Develop Indy to highlight local businesses and breaking news? How about partnering with local K-12 schools and colleges to get us more connected to education?
            • it's a start
              WIBC has become unlistenable with that obnoxious Dana show, the loss of Wenck and night time reruns of Garrison. It's a start but we need a real local news talk station in this market like WLW in Cincy or KDKA in Pittsburgh. especially with lack of a credible daily newspaper.
              • Local Talk is GOOD Talk
                Abdul, glad to see you are coming back on the air! Nothing better than local talk about local issues; something the broadcast media sidelines in order to get the national syndicated talking points (and dollars)! I found your previous talk show engaging even though I am on the opposite side of the political platform, and you are more engaging and discussion-friendly with rival viewpoints than the blathering of Garrison. Cheers!
                • Is Fact Checker Really Crazy Larry?
                  Take a break Fact Checker. Love him or hate him, you will have plenty of opportunities to call into Abdul's WIBC radio show in the future.
                • Really...
                  I do my CLE's on-line, no need to travel.
                • Fantasy Land Law Practice
                  Traveling to Illinois a few times a year to take continuing legal education courses to keep your license current there doesn't constitute practicing law. Fantasy Land law practices are not protected by the attorney-client privilege.
                  • License to Practice
                    Wow, if I can get this kind of reaction out of an IBJ story, just imagine what will happen come June 1. Hey fact checker, I am "Of Counsel" at Lewis & Wilkins and have been since 2006. I do practice back home, would love to talk about it but there is this thing called attorney/client privilege. But you already knew that, I hope. Looking forward to you listening on Saturdays.
                    • Indianapolis Attorney?
                      "He’s also an attorney at Indianapolis law firm Lewis and Wilkins." Umm, he isn't licensed to practice law in Indiana and he has never practiced law in the state of Illinois where he is licensed. Do the large legal bills the firm sends to the Attorney General's office reflect payments made to Abdul for services rendered on behalf of Greg Zoeller?
                      • Full Disclosure...
                        I always engage in full disclosure. On the old radio show and in my newspaper columns and my TV appearances. Here's a newsflash though, I have nothing to hide. If you have to hide it, you have no business doing it. It's a very simple rule to live by.
                      • Keeping It Real
                        Congratulations, Abdul. Am I correct to assume that WIBC will be keeping things above board by requiring you to provide disclaimers to listeners about any persons or entities from whom "Abdul, Inc." is receiving consulting fees.
                        • Hey Robert...
                          Anyone can advertise on Indy Politics. It's a business. You can advertise too, if you want. I am a capitalist! I take everybody's money!
                        • Paid Spokesman
                          Doesn't WIBC have a problem with Abdul accepting checks from politicians to promote them in the media? He admits he does this. Did they require him to stop this practice in exchange for the radio show? I would assume so since it would seem to be an ethical violation for a host to do that.
                          • Abdul Rocks, Garrision Not So Much
                            This should have happened a long time ago. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays on WIBC-FM 93.1, is a good start, however, they should have eliminated or split Greg Garrison's daily morning slot with Abdul. Hope WIBC expands it's LOCAL news focus instead adding Fox's national news reruns.

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