Battle Creek radio listeners will hear a new voice this Monday morning on News/Talk 95.3 WBCK.   Richard Piet takes over the WBCK Morning Show after a 14-year career in news and talk radio.    Piet hosted his own daily, locally focused talk show in nearby Kalamazoo. The show was chosen as the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Best in Category award winner in 2008, 2009 and 2010.


WBCK Morning Host Richard Piet

Piet has also worked as a media/journalism professor since 2005.  He has taught at Kellogg Community College and Henry Ford Community College.   He has also served as a volunteer, on three different non-profit boards of directors, and served as president of one for five years.  Besides a passion for local radio, Piet has a love of cars, great food, travel and golf.  He is a huge fan of the 70s TV show The Rockford Files (and gold 1970s Pontiac Firebirds!), The Sopranos and HGTV.Piet says he’s very excited to come to WBCK, where local radio is still very much alive, and growing.   “I’m impressed by Townsquare Media’s attitude toward keeping radio live and local.   There are many companies that seem to be moving away from a local emphasis.   I look forward to meeting and hearing from WBCK’s listeners and clients and working with the community to make a difference.   Local issues can impact our lives the most, and they’re the ones that we also have the most control over.   I think it’s very important to have a radio station that can help with that process and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

“WBCK’s mission is to still give our listeners everything they need to start their day, with an information-packed morning show that’s fast-paced and fun”, said Collins.   “We want to give our listeners and community leaders plenty of space to offer their take on the things that matter in Battle Creek and southwest Michigan. The show will be all-inclusive and not focus on partisan politics.  We feel we have a great team, and we’re excited to have a new quarterback in the morning on WBCK.”