Bill Keeler Returns to Morning Radio in Utica – Official Release
WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning debuts on AM950 on Monday January 14 from 6-9AM.
From an official press release issued on Wednesday January 2:
Townsquare Media of Utica announced today that local radio and television personality, Bill Keeler has been named the new morning show host on WIBX 950 AM. The program called, ‘WIBX FIRST NEWS WITH KEELER IN THE MORNING’ will debut at 6am on Monday, January 14th.
“I am so excited about doing mornings on WIBX,” said Keeler. “This is a heritage radio station that’s been around for 87 years and it remains one of the top stations in the market. I can’t wait to get on the air and get started,” he said.
Keeler will broadcast from 6 until 9 a.m. weekdays along side news anchor and Townsquare Bureau Chief, Kristine Bellino.
“We are so excited to bring Keeler’s energy to WIBX in the morning,” said Karen Carey, Vice President and General Manager of Town Square Media Utica. “The station already leads the way with radio news in the market and I feel the addition of Bill in the morning is going to add a whole new dynamic to the morning commute.”
“I love this city and feel we’re on the verge of a reinvention,” said Keeler. “This is home for me and my family and I’m just thrilled to not have to take a job outside the area.”
Keeler currently hosts a restaurant television program called Plate Night, which airs Saturday nights at 7 on WKTV. He’s also been instrumental in many community events including annual toy drives and the recent collection for Hurricane Sandy victims on Staten Island.
WIBX has been the area’s News, Talk and Sports Leader for 87 years and currently features the biggest names in talk radio, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. WIBX is affiliated with FOX News Radio, as well as the NFL and NASCAR radio Networks. Utica’s first-ever radio station is also the catalyst behind America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk Weekend in Utica, which was started on the station 43-years-ago.
Townsquare Media Group is a diversified media, entertainment and digital marketing services company that owns and operates radio, digital and live event properties including local radio stations WIBX, WFRG, WLZW and WODZ. The Company specializes in creating and distributing original entertainment, music and lifestyle content. Its assets include 244 radio stations, 250 local companion websites in 51 small to mid-sized markets, 350 live music and non-music events annually and certain national digital properties including Taste of Country, Diffuser.fm, Ultimate Classic Rock, Loudwire, The FW, GuySpeed, ScreenCrush and PopCrush, as well as a network of music and entertainment digital properties reaching over 60 million US unique visitors and E-commerce business Seize the Deal. Additionally, Townsquare Media also operates Townsquare Cares, a non-profit organization that seeks to better the lives of troops and their families. Funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management are the Company’s largest equity holder.