September 29, 2014
Contact: Breyana Franklin
Watchdog.org Launches Ambitious New National Radio Initiative
Alexandria, VA — Today, Watchdog.org, a project of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, launched Watchdog Radio, an ambitious new broadcast initiative at the state and national level, that aims to replicate the success of Watchdog.org’s online reporting. Illinois Watchdog Radio and National Watchdog Radio will provide content for radio stations of all sizes throughout The Prairie State and across the country.
“Watchdog Radio is a chance for us to connect with a wider audience and bring them news stories that are impacting communities all over the country,” said Jason Stverak, president of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. “It is our goal to discuss the issues that others don’t and keep Americans informed on waste, fraud and abuse at every level of government.”
National Watchdog Radio will syndicate on weekends, hosted by Watchdog.org reporters Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle. The two-hour show that will focus on state and local governments across the states, as well as larger national trends. Kathryn Watson of Watchdog.org’s Washington D.C. Bureau will discuss the most interesting stories of the week from Watchdog.org.
“There are a lot of local radio shows that talk about city council, and plenty of national shows that talk about President Obama,” Watchdog Radio Host Matt Kittle said. “But no one else is focusing on state government, and how the policies impact everything from local schools to the price of groceries. Watchdog Radio fills that gap. I am excited to have that conversation with people everyday.”
Illinois Watchdog Radio will air Monday-Friday from 9am-11am CST. Benjamin Yount, Illinois Watchdog reporter and 10 year Illinois Capitol veteran, will serve as the host. The show will stream live here and will also be heard on stations across the state.
“The closer government is to you, the faster it will impact your life,” Illinois Watchdog Radio Host Benjamin Yount said. “Lawmakers in Springfield may seem far away from someone in northern Illinois or somebody downstate, but the reality is that state government has much more of an everyday impact on people’s lives than Congress. That’s why, everyday, we need to have a conversation about what’s going on at the statehouse.”
For more information, please contact Breyana Franklin at bfranklin@Watchdog.org
The Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity is a leader in non-profit journalism. It was founded in 2009 to address falling standards in the media as well as a steep falloff in reporting on state government and provides professional training and assistance with a mission of exposing waste, fraud, and abuse in government.