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WABE's Denis O’Hayer Named As New Host Of Morning Edition

Oct 27, 2015




ATLANTA, GA:  WABE 90.1 is pleased to announce Denis O’Hayer as the new host for its flagship program Morning Edition beginning Monday, November 2.  Jim Burress will join Rose Scott as cohost of WABE's midday program Closer Look.

WABE's Morning Edition is one of the most listened-to programs in Atlanta during morning drive time.  “Denis O’Hayer is one of the hardest working and most effective journalists that I have ever known. We are so pleased that he is taking on this new assignment and bringing his insight and depth of experience to our signature morning show,” says Wonya Lucas, PBA’s President and CEO.

Denis is one of the most respected journalists in Georgia.  He was recently named to the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame and was The Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ 2014 Broadcaster of the Year.  Denis joined WABE in January 2009 as host of All Things Considered and Marketplace.  Prior to that, Denis covered local affairs, politics and government for eleven years as a political reporter and public affairs program host for WXIA/11Alive.

Denis has a long history with Public Broadcasting Atlanta.  He started as a pledge drive volunteer and host at PBA30 in 1978.  Eventually, he began hosting PBA30 specials on subjects ranging from the environment to the conflict in the Middle East.  In 2012, he and Rose Scott won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for “How to Stop the Candy Shop,” a PBA30 special on the fight against child sex trafficking in Atlanta.

Denis began his career in radio in Connecticut at WGCH-AM (Greenwich) followed by WELI-AM (New Haven).  In 1978, he moved to Atlanta to accept a position with WGST-AM/FM where he worked at the station for more than 19 years in a variety of roles. 

Denis takes over from Morning Edition host Steve Goss, who retired September 4 after more than 35 years on Atlanta radio.  John Haas, WABE's news director, says Denis was a logical replacement.  “Denis’ knowledge of Atlanta and the state is astounding.  He's like a walking encyclopedia of state and city facts.  Denis will use that experience to help listeners better understand our city.  He’ll bring gravitas and a wry sense of humor to the morning.”

WABE senior reporter Jim Burress joins Rose Scott as cohost of “Closer Look” starting Nov. 2.
Credit WABE

Jim Burress joins Rose Scott as cohost of Closer Look starting Monday, November 2.  Jim started his public radio career at WKMS in Murray, Ky,, and joined WABE in 2008.  As Senior Reporter, he has been a frequent contributor to Marketplace, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered.  He’s also a Kaiser Health News/NPR reporting partner.

In 2014, Jim wrote and produced the WABE news documentary "Stuck in the Bluff."  The Society of Professional Journalists “Green Eyeshade” Awards selected it as both “Best Documentary” and “Best in Class.” He has won numerous regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, top honors from the Georgia Associated Press, and has twice received the The Atlanta Press Club's “Award of Excellence” in radio. Closer Look airs 12-2pm Monday through Thursday, and 12-1pm on Friday. 

Listeners can join Denis O’Hayer starting on Monday, November 2nd from 5-10am at WABE 90.1FM, streaming online at WABE/90.1-1 at WABE.org, using the WABE mobile app on a smart phone or with an HD Radio.  Follow Denis on Twitter @denisohayer.

WABE 90.1 FM is part of Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA).  Together with PBA 30TV and Atlanta PlanIt, the PBA staff brings NPR News, PBS programming, music, arts and cultural information to hundreds of thousands of listeners and viewers each year.  As a broadcast service of Atlanta Public Schools in partnership with the Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative (AETC), PBA has never lost sight of its original mission. Education remains at the core of our operation at every level, from kids to adults.