Dan Frazier, WISTs general manager, confirmed the move this morning. Weve got a lot of local stuff on the weekends, he said, including Americas first cocktail show, so this is a perfect fit.
Gaudins departure from WRNO is the stations second high-profile local defection in recent months (following longtime TV/radio personality Andre Trevigne, who left under circumstances that are still unclear) since WRNO transformed its identity in early April from The New 99.5 to Rush Radio, adding a lineup of syndicated talkers that includes Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck.
WIST (the former WTIX-AM) is owned by George H. Buck, proprietor of the Palm Court Jazz Café in the French Quarter. The station is moving from its longtime Metairie location to studios above the Palm Court in about two weeks, according to the stations noontime talker Eric Asher.
I am extremely enthusiastic about moving to a station with so much local programming and local ownership, said Gaudin this morning. She would not elaborate on her departure from WRNO.
All Over Food makes its debut on WIST July 5, and will be heard on Saturday mornings from 9-11 a.m.