Veteran broadcaster Steve Clark will return to WFBG-AM to host a two-hour local talk show beginning Jan. 30.
"I am ecstatic. I am absolutely so excited. It was nice being off in the beginning, having a break. I equate it to a football coach - when you are away from the game, you miss it. I missed it an awful lot," Clark said.
Clark was dismissed from the station Jan. 30, 2009, after serving as co-host of the Charlie (Weston) and Steve Show since April 2005. The two had worked together previously at WRTA-AM for 10 years.
"The Steve Clark Show" will air from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, following "The Charlie and Dick Show" - Weston and Dick DiAndrea, which airs from 6 to 9 a.m.
Clark said his show will be centered on telephone calls from listeners as well as appearances by elected officials and candidates for office from around the state and guests involved in important news events.
Forever Broadcasting is excited about Clark's return to the airwaves, said Market General Manager Dave Davies.
"We thought going into 2012, it was the perfect time to get a real credible voice of political thoughts back onto WFBG. Steve has had an incredible career as a broadcaster and political consultant," Davies said.
"He will bring independent commentary about local, regional and national issues. I think the timing was perfect.
Clark said he remained in contact with Forever officials on an informal basis since his dismissal.
"I understood the reason for that move. It was a financial decision. The company has decided there is an opportunity for financial income by bringing me back," Clark said.
"Forever contacted me in the fall. I thought the timing was right. They realized I could bring something to the table. We negotiated, and they agreed to bring me back. If there is one thing I promise you is [that] I will be respectful."
Clark has been heard on the radio for more than 42 years and is also the principal of Steve Clark Advertising, a local advertising agency that has specialized in developing and implementing political campaigns for candidates across the state.
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.