Partnership between WGXA-TV, WMAC-AM radio and The Telegraph to end

lmorris@macon.comSeptember 13, 2012 

A partnership that began two years ago by WGXA-TV, WMAC-AM and The Telegraph -- known as the News Talk Central morning radio and TV program -- is expected to end later this month.

“I think a partnership is not a marriage,” said Charles Richardson, host of the show and editorial page editor at the newspaper. “As times change, priorities change, and each partner is free to do what they want.”

The last show is expected to air Sept. 28.

An effort Thursday to reach Becky Swan, general manager of WGXA, was not successful.

Art Giles, vice president and market manager with Cumulus Broadcasting at WMAC, said he didn’t know what program Cumulus would run in the time slot being vacated by Richardson and Telegraph reporter Liz Fabian. Fabian provides news content for both stations and the newspaper.

“(Cumulus) is looking at several different options, and no decision has been made yet,” Giles said.

Show co-host Kenny Burgamy left the show in June to begin work at WMAZ-TV. Guest hosts have filled in since his departure.

Burgamy, Richardson and Fabian had worked together when The Telegraph formed a partnership in 2008 with Register Communications for the “Kenny B. and Charles E.” TV and radio show. After that partnership ended in 2010, the show moved to its current home.

Telegraph Publisher George McCanless said the Burgamy-Richardson team worked well, and management in place at WGXA-TV when the show started “embraced what we were doing.”

Within the past year, the management changed and “they felt like they wanted to go in a different direction,” McCanless said.

“We now have a partnership with Mercer (University) and Georgia Public Broadcasting,” he said. “That certainly opens up other opportunities for us in the areas of disseminating news and opinion.”

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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