Salem Media Group, announced Monday that Bill Bennett will step back from the microphone in hosting Bill Bennett’s Morning in America program starting Monday, April 4. Bennett will maintain his presence in the morning by shifting to Senior Correspondent, producing a daily Making America Work series, where he will interview some of America’s most successful business owners and entrepreneurs. That series will also become a one-hour weekend special available to affiliates of the Salem Radio Network. Bill will also contribute to Salem’s other talk shows across the board as an expert analyst.
Salem simultaneously announced that Hugh Hewitt will move from his current 6 p.m.-9 p.m. ET time slot to the morning slot of 6 a.m.-9 a.m. ET vacated by Bennett. A replacement for Mr. Hewitt will be announced soon.
“Keeping Bill in the Salem family, doing what he loves to do, was very important to us and we have found the perfect opportunity,” said Salem Senior VP Phil Boyce. “Bill will be a huge contributor to the morning show going forward, and has already lined up some amazing interviews that will continue his legacy.”
“I have greatly enjoyed and learned much in my eleven years as host of Morning in America,” said Bennett. “Engaging in an illuminating and entertaining conversation with the American people has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding episodes of my career. I now look forward to another phase of work with the Salem Radio Network. The seminars and in-depth discussions in our new Making America Work series that we are planning for 2016 and beyond will write a new chapter in radio.”