Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Schilling Profiled in 'Daily Progress'

Columnist Bryan McKenzie profiles former Charlottesville City Councilor Rob Schilling in this morning's edition of the Daily Progress. McKenzie focuses on Schilling's new role as a talk-show host on WINA-AM:

“I know a lot of people in City Hall are listening — at least they’re monitoring — and I really like that,” said Schilling, chilling in a local coffee shop prior to a live broadcast of “The Schilling Show.” “They may not like what I say or how I say it, but it gives them a chance to hear a viewpoint other than the official party line.”

“The Schilling Show” is one of four locally produced daily talk shows on the station, joining “Morning News with Rick and Jane,” “Charlottesville Right Now with Coy Barefoot” and “The Best Seat in the House” sports show, with Jay James. “The Schilling Show” runs 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and for three hours Saturdays, beginning at 6 a.m.

Rick Daniels, WINA’s program director, said Schilling’s sometimes strident advocacy on local issues fits with the station’s mission.

“WINA has always been about news and stimulating talk radio,” Daniels said, standing outside the studio as “The Schilling Show” started. “He stimulates people. He motivates them to listen and call in.”

“The station wanted me to have an opinion and to advocate,” Schilling said. “I think I bring the sense of being an outsider who has been on the inside. Because I have been on the inside, I know where some of the bodies are buried.”
No doubt both fans and detractors of "The Schilling Show" will find something to like -- or something to respond to -- in McKenzie's article. The whole thing can be read here.

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