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The Watchdog Morning Show with Howard Monroe

Howard Monroe offers the Ohio Valley a morning full of the top news, the hot issues - and the key ingredient ... plenty of conversation with the region's residents. Howard's opinions are often talked about from City Hall to the Halls of Congress. He has been named 3 times as one of the "Most Important Talk Hosts in America" by Talkers magazine.

"The Watchdog Morning Show with Howard Monroe" - Monday - Friday - 7-10 a.m.

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The Bill DiFabio Variety Show

Bill brings over 35 years of experience to the Ohio Valley airwaves. He is the President of SPORTSCALL, the nation's largest independent radio network, and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Bill is a member of the Dapper Dan Board of Directors, has hosted shows on KDKA, WTAE ,WWSW, and served as columnist for the Washington Observer for ten years. Bill DiFabio has covered 24 Super Bowls, 9 World Series, 4 Stanley Cups, 4 NBA Finals and 4 NCAA Final Fours.

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Steve Novotney Live

Steve Novotney's goals as a radio talk show host have remained the same since the first day he returned to the Ohio Valley's airwaves on AM 1600 WKKX in June 2007, and that is to provoke thought and to discuss the issues most important to the region's population. Novotney consistently uncovers breaking news stories and concentrates on the citizen's stake in local, state and national government.

A veteran of both the radio and print journalism, Novotney has turned the Ohio Valley's attention away from national syndication and to local topics. His news coverage, the conducted interviews, and Novotney's opinions stir a lot of attention on a daily basis while offering the people of both East Ohio and West Virginia's northern panhandle an opportunity to be heard.

Steve Novotney Live is broadcast Monday through Friday from 2-6 p.m.

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"The Legislative Watchdogs"- Wednesdays - 9-10 a.m.

A pair of labor leaders, a local attorney, and a West Virginia lawmaker are featured each Wednesday morning from 9-10 a.m.

Former W.Va. Senator "Rocky" Fitzsimmons serves as the host, and John Saunders (USW), Fuzz LaRue (Affiliated Building Trades), and local attorney Brent Wear (Fitzsimmons Law Firm) discuss the pressing issues facing the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio, the two states, and in the nation. Interviews are an important part of the show, as well, with prominent leadership members from Ohio and West Virginia each and every week.

"Round-Up the Hounds with Sammy The Bull"- Saturdays - 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Round up the Hounds with Sam Zavatsky, Stan Pawloski and Robin Reed can be heard every Saturday live from the Jim Beam Bar inside Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack and simulcast live in the Racing paddock.

Sammy the Bull helps you handicap the first three greyhound races of the matinee. Sammy a long time greyhound owner and his inside knowledge of the greyhound racing industry offers an insider's look at racing. With over 30 years of greyhound racing knowledge on your side, you're sure to cash some winning tickets!

Robin Reed has been a fan of Wheeling's greyhound track since his grandfather started taking him there when he was six years old back in the late 1970s. Robin has also held various jobs at the racetrack including writing their tip sheet from 1996-1999, working in the publicity department in the early 1990s and also was their backup race announcer for six years.

Stan Pawloski has been a fan of greyhound racing since the late 1970s. Stan write a weekly greyhound column in The Times Leader newspaper on Thursdays and is also a writer for the national magazine The Greyhound Review.

"The Rick Welker Wrestling Hour"- Mondays During Wrestling Season- 6-7 p.m.

Veteran coach and former wrestler Rick Welker hosts the show each Wednesday, and he is joined by his father, Dr. Bill Welker, and many others involved with the local wrestling scene.

"This something I have always wanted to do since WKKX went on the air," the host said. "It's all about our local kids, and it's all about development. We hope we can help that process with the show."

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High School Sports Coverage:

The Watchdog - the official radio network of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference - expanded its coverage of high school football during the 2012 season, and it has continued during the boys and girls basketball seasons on both AM 1600 WKKX and AM 1370 WVLY.

Football, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling - and no one knows what may be next! - only here on the Watchdog.

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