Television to radio to the Internet is the path Vince Coakley has taken in Charlotte media.
He was a news anchor at WSOC (Channel 9) for 18 years, then for a year hosted a conservative talk show on WBT-AM (1110) in afternoon drive-time. He left that job earlier this month when his contract wasnt renewed by the station and is now doing an hour-long podcast on blogtalkradio.com.
Its the temporary home of the show, says Coakley, 47. It allows me to stay connected with listeners.
Coakley records the weekday show in a home studio and posts it from there to Web. It is similar to the commentary he delivered at WBT and allows him more latitude to discuss spiritual beliefs. It doesnt have the same kind of listener interaction he had at WBT, though, but neither is he tied to the click-click-click pace of radio.
Coakley says hes free to pursue other job offers, but nothing has firmed up yet. Those plans are in the works. Ill leave it there.
A native of Cincinnati, Coakley started his broadcast career at a small radio station in Newark, Del., 30 years ago. He succeeded Bill Walker as a prime anchor at Channel 9 in 2005. In August 2010, he left the station and began doing fill-in work at WBT, finally succeeding Tara Servatius in the afternoons a year ago.
Im looking for the next venue to communicate a timely message, he says.
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