Chris Plante’s program will originate from his flagship station, WMAL AM/FM in Washington, D.C. and air 9 a.m.–12 noon ET. Plante began his radio career at WMAL in 2005 after 17 years at CNN, where he advanced from researcher and assignment editor to Pentagon correspondent. He was also the director of the U.S. television network pool operations in Saudi Arabia for three months following Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Plante’s stepfather is CBS News correspondent Bill Plante.
Plante won the Edward R. Murrow Award from the RTDNA for his live coverage of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. He was the first to report that the Pentagon had been attacked. He was also recognized by the Television Academy for his September 11th reporting. He makes regular appearances on the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network.
Plante said, “I can’t wait to engage with new audiences around the country, where I will continue to rattle the cages of the high and mighty and share the unfiltered truth in this incredibly treacherous time. It is a great honor to be invited into your community, where I hope to become a welcome guest in your daily lives. And remember, just because the wheels are coming off everywhere you look, that doesn’t mean you can’t laugh your face off about it.”
“Chris Plante takes the news of the day and breaks it down in his signature direct, funny, and fearless style,” said Suzanne Grimes, President, Westwood One and EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus. “He engages a legion of devoted fans who tune in every day whether they agree with him or not. He’s a captivating storyteller who makes great radio. It’s the kind of programming we are proud to add to our best-in-class talk lineup.”