In an effort to provide listeners with a thoughtful dialogue and local perspectives on issues related to the possible war with Iraq, KCLU has launched CrossTalk. Hosted by veteran radio professionals Maria Sanchez, Jim Rondeau and Lance Orozco, the lively public affairs program will air from 9 to 10 a.m. on weekdays following Morning Edition and prior to Fresh Air.
"As the area's Public Radio station, we have a responsibility to the community to provide a local voice on issues that affect us all," says Rondeau, KCLU program director and host of the Monday and Wednesday shows. "The turbulence in Iraq and throughout the Middle East is affecting everyone, and we felt that we really needed to provide an opportunity for listeners to get involved," he added.
Maria Sanchez, a veteran talk show and public affairs program host at stations throughout California, leads the Tuesday and Thursday programs. A local resident and community volunteer, Sanchez is well known from her tenure at KFI Radio in Los Angeles. Lance Orozco, KCLU news director, hosts the program on Fridays. The radio and television reporter will be discussing a range of issues from economics to homeland security.
Topics such as the dangers of bioterrorism, how the war on terrorism is reflected in the local Muslim and Jewish communities, and the perspectives of Congressional representatives on military involvement are open for discussion. KCLU listeners are invited to call the show at (805) 493–9200.