By Mike Faulk
YAKIMA — Former congressional candidate and state tea-party celebrity Clint Didier is getting his own radio show.
Didier’s half-hour program will air Tuesdays beginning Feb. 3 on the American Christian Network, which has six affiliates broadcasting in Eastern Washington, including Yakima, and parts of northeast Oregon and North Idaho. The show will air at 8:30 a.m., filling a time slot previously occupied by a political show hosted by state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley.
Tom Read, CEO of American Christian Network, said in an email that he had approached Didier a number of times about getting his own radio show. After the election, Didier agreed.
“I was so impressed, that after the election I again suggested that he do his own weekly radio program and this time he said he was going to stay involved in public affairs and continue to inform the public and there was no better way to do so than via his own weekly radio program,” Read wrote.
Didier, who lost the 4th Congressional District race to Dan Newhouse by less than 2 percent of the vote in November, will record the show in the Tri-Cities at the studios of KGDN-FM 101.3. It will broadcast online and on all six of the network’s affiliates, including KYAK-AM 930 in Yakima.
Read said the show will be named “The Tuesday Morning Tight End Show.” Didier won two Super Bowl championships as a tight end with the Washington NFL team in the 1980s.
Read said Didier’s show will focus on how local and national politicians from Eastern Washington are voting on issues. The show will also occasionally feature guests, as well as information on how listeners can become involved in government and advocacy, Read said.
The American Christian Network is already home to several conservative radio programs hosted by Eastern Washington politicians. Shea’s weekly show will continue in the 4 p.m. slot on Tuesdays, while state Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee, also has a show that airs at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays.