By RODNEY HO/ firstname.lastname@example.org, originally filed Thursday, November 12, 2015
After two years at 640/WGST-AM, Mara Davis and “Atlanta Eats” moves to the FM dial starting this Saturday on NewsRadio 106.7.
It will air from 4 to 5 p.m. The radio show focuses on the local food scene with discussion of big topics that resonate broadly such as bacon’s supposed ties with cancer. Her first guest: Food Network star Giada DeLaurentis, who was in Atlanta Wednesday for a Fox Theatre show.
This is a significantly bigger footprint for “Atlanta Eats,” a concept which was created by 680/The Fan sports talk show host Stephen “Steak” Shapiro and includes a weekend TV show on Peachtree TV. WGST averages around a 0.4 share while NewsRadio typically draws about four times as many listeners.
“I’m just really excited to keep the conversation going,” Davis said. “The thing with food, there’s no age. There’s no race. There’s no political affiliation. It’s like you are completely category free. Everybody has to eat. Everybody has a hot button for food.”
She said her show includes not just celebrities such as Alton Brown and local chefs but entrepreneurs who create interest new food and drink products.
On Saturdays, 106.7 has been airing infomercial type programming from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This adds an extra hour.
For Sean Shannon, Cumulus market manager, taking on the show “is a no brainer.”
The talk show was on WGST for two years. Davis, with Steve Goss, is also heard weekly on Friday mornings reviewing upcoming concerts in metro Atlanta.
She was a long-time host on Z93, then Dave FM from 1994 to 2012.