A week from today, Memphians can tune into a new talk radio station.
WMPS, The Point, will launch at 4 a.m. on Feb. 21 on AM 1210 and FM 87.7. A collaboration between Memphis Tea Party activist Mark Skoda and radio owner George Flinn, the Point wants listeners to “fall in love with talk radio again.”
What makes this station different, according to Skoda, is that it aims to inform listeners and engage them.
“All the people on WMPS are activists,” said Skoda. “And we will have an emphasis on Tennessee.” The lineup includes Matthew Hill from Chattanooga and Steve Gill from Nashville. “We can then bring in a statewide perspective,” said Skoda. “We will have 15 hours of live talk every day.”
The Monday-Friday schedule will start at 4 a.m. with “First Light.” The Steve Gill show follows from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. Gill, with Phil Valentine, was among the talk radio hosts who followed the moves by the Tennessee House to start a state income tax. It was stopped by listeners urged to drive by the Capitol honking and protesting. “I believe in broadcasting from locations where things are going on,” Gill said. He has broadcast from Iraq twice and gone to New Hampshire during primaries. On Tuesday the 22nd, he will have an interview with Donald Rumsfeld.
The Mike Gallagher show will follow at 8 a.m. til 11 a.m. Hill from 11 a.m. to noon; News and Views from noon to 2 p.m., followed by Doug Urbanski until 4. Urbanski has subbed for Rush Limbaugh recently.
Mark Skoda will have his show from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; then Dennis Miller for an hour, followed by Rusty Humphries 8 – 11 p.m; another two hours of Dennis Miller.
In addition, the station will have an hour broadcast internationally each week. Rosine Ghawji, co-chair of the Memphis Tea Party, will host a show planned in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Serbian, Croatian and Farsi. “People in Europe do not know what is going on in the United States,” she said. “Their media doesn’t inform them.”
At today’s press conference, 7th District representative Stephen Fincher took the podium to congratulate Skoda on the new station. Representative Marsha Blackburn of the 8th district sent a video message as well.
The Point should be an interesting outlet for conservative Memphians.