Skyes, who in October announced that he would step down from his daily talk radio show after 23 years, will join longtime WNYC radio personality Brian Lehrer, Minnesota Public Radio’s Kerri Miller and Kai Wright, formerly of The Nation, to serve as a co-host of "Indivisible," a weeknight call-in radio show. Wright, who had been co-host of two WNYC podcasts, will join WNYC full-time for the new show.
"Indivisible" will premiere on Jan. 23..
The show, co-produced by WNYC and Minnesota Public Radio, will center on the concerns of listeners who call into the show from around the country. Sykes’ segment of the show will be on Wednesday nights, when he will “interview policy makers and engage listeners in conversation that weighs developments in the new administration’s first 100 days against American values and conservative principles,” WNYC said in a release. Lehrer’s segment will air on Tuesdays.
When he stepped down from his show in October, Sykes wrote that the conservative movement had been "badly damaged" and that the conservative media was "broken."
"I'm immensely flattered to be asked to participate in this ongoing conversation that I hope can help some us break out of our ideological bubbles," Sykes said in a statement.
JSonline.com reports the show won't be airing in Milwaukee, however. In an email, Dave Edwards, WUWM 897 FM director and general manager, said the Milwaukee public radio station had been interested in carrying "Indivisible," and "even volunteered to produce the show at WUWM at no cost." But Edwards said, the station was informed that, under the terms of Sykes' retirement from WTMJ, any program he hosts can't be broadcast over the air in Wisconsin.