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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.

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  • Smart Listeners?
    I'd imagine a smart listener wouldn't have to have their opinions and talking points echoing back to them for three hours plus a day.
  • pathetic
    It's sad...I still fondly remember the days of driving with Dad and listening to actual NEWS on WIBC on the AM dial. I'm slightly progressive socially and a fiscally conservative yet have NO interest in this station anymore. Why can't we just have NEWS stations anymore rather than opinions spewing out through the airwaves?
  • the way it is
    They haven't had class in a while. Subtle racism in the morning with a pill poppin' elitist in the afternoon. I hope these 2 girls have some sense of decency.
  • Booo!
    WIBC used to be a station with class; now it has become just another weekday boredom...That is why I am not a listener anymore....PBS at 90.1 has become my station of choice, while driving home after work....
  • Female audience?
    Horse feathers !!!
  • WIBC
    WIBC desires to cater to the corporate female audience-that's why!
  • In My
    In my astute analysis--Abdul really did not want this due to the fact that he has other endeavors for instance -he is an instructor at local charter schools and at a local university and then he sorta likes to "free-wheel" among local radio and television stations.--also WIBC just might be pampering the female corporate audience.
  • Rush's fading audience..?!
    Saying Limbaugh's audience is fading is to ignore the truth. The man has an audience several times the size of some cable TV shows, one which no other radio show can touch. It's crazy talk, really. Moreover, I'm well under 60 and I listen to conservative radio. It's the go-to for smart listeners.
    • Thank Goodness
      This is such a welcome and refreshing development. There is an appalling shortage of conservatives on radio. It is way past time that conservatives got a word in.
    • Support For High-Grade ProgrammingWoul
      To any media company willing to provide it: I'll support a high-quality "moderate" radio station devoted to local programming, with a few network features mixed in. I think many other people would do the same. With the possible exception of WFYI FM (NPR affiliate), it's now missing from the Indy market. (Emmis, e.g., is not delivering.)
    • Abdul
      Why would WIBC pick the "chicks on the right" over Abdul? Abdul - pleasant, thoughtful and conservative. Chicks on the right - just annoying.
      • 35 and proud listener
        Well I'm definitely under 60 and am a loyal listener of WIBC...and with the addtion Chicks on the Right, will remain a proud listener. While I don't consider myself "right wing," I am definitely a conservative. Good luck ladies on this new endeavor!
      • From the elderly
        I have listened to WIBC since before Fred Heckman was hired. My father never missed the farm news at noon. In the 1980s I took brats, knacks and kraut plus German coffee to "First Day" on Sunday morning to 9292 at Oktoberfest time. I still wake up and go to sleep with WIBC. However they may become too much even for me. My now favorite program is "Coast to Coast".
      • the future?
        WIBC is essentially broadcasting to the retirement home demographic. If they think the future of radio is more convervative talkers, would someone please show them the evaporation of Rush and Hannity's audience? Good luck to this station as it tries to find an audience under the age of 60.
        • Really?
          I'm sitting here trying to think what Fred Heckman would say to WIBC execs about this latest programming move. Really, another block of conservative viewpoints to add to the list of programs that are already there. Oh for the days of the WIBC of yesteryear and balance.
        • Yuck
          I used to count on WIBC for actual news--or at least traffic and weather. But no more.
        • target_group
          OBAMA OBAMA,(sassy comment), OBAMA!!.
          • Good Move
            WIBC has had a parade of boring middle aged white conservative guys since Ed left. These ladies are a big improvement. Dana's okay, but not particularly entertaining. Focuses on a lot of St. Louis stuff. I wish Indy had somebody that can do it all, like WLS' Roe Conn.
          • Now if only...
            They could fine a replacement for the Dana show.
          • good move
            I like their Saturday afternoon show, but never get to listen live. The daily drive home just got better.

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