It’s been a good week for WTOP reporter Mark Segraves. On Monday, he broke a story about Mayor Adrian M. Fenty‘s use of public resources to facilitate his bike training rides. Now, he tells LL, he’s inked a deal to host his own TV show.
No name has yet been determined, but starting next month, Segraves will be taking over the public affairs show on WDCW-TV now hosted by Chris Core, the longtime WMAL-AM talk show host now at WTOP.
The show, Segraves says, will be 30 minutes long, will be predominantly in interview format, and will cover more than strictly city politics. The show will have a more regional focus and will cover various current events, social issues, and cultural matters.
Segraves will also keep his duties at WTOP. Same goes for Core, who says he’s signed a contract to embark on a new project, although he’s forsworn from sharing details ahead of an official announcement. Core says he put in a good word for Segraves with Channel 50 management.
The show will be scheduled against the Sunday morning network talk shows. “My feeling is that people who are looking for that type of show are surfing the stations, and if they find a local alternative, they might stop for a while,” Segraves says.
Among broadcast shows covering local political affairs, Segraves’ program joins a select group, including NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk With Bruce DePuyt, WAMU-FM’s Kojo Nnamdi Show, and WTOP’s Politics Program With Mark Plotkin, not to mention Jonetta Rose Barras‘ Tuesday show on WPFW-FM.
Says Segraves, “I hope the show will have a bit of an aggressive edge that I bring to reporting, but it won’t be limited to just politicians and hard news.”
Prepare for the softer side of Segraves, people!
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