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For release: 24 August, 2020
WHFC 91.1 FM, Harford Community College Radio, has announced a groundbreaking partnership with Maryland Public Television (MPT). Beginning the week of August 24, MPT’s award-winning public affairs programs “State Circle” and “Direct Connection,” both hosted by veteran journalist Jeff Salkin, join WHFC’s lineup, bringing listeners local, current, and relevant news and information. Audio of “State Circle” will air each Monday at noon, with “Direct Connection” airing Tuesdays at noon every week. In addition to their air signal, both will also stream at www.whfc911.org. Additional program sharing is being considered for 2021.
For balanced reporting on political happenings, “State Circle” brings its audience up-to-the-minute, in-depth analysis of major issues and pending bills. Marylanders have turned to MPT's “State Circle” for more than 30 years. No other source brings the audience as much legislative news during the General Assembly session, and State government and political news continues year-round.
“Direct Connection with Jeff Salkin” is a different type of local public affairs program with its focus on personalities from all arenas. Salkin is known for his thorough investigative style and for getting in-depth answers to the questions viewers want asked.
WHFC-FM exists to provide Harford County and surrounding jurisdictions high quality programming as diverse as its listening audience. The station serves as an outstanding resource for Harford Community College students and interested community volunteers desiring a creative outlet and/or future employment in media.
About Jeff Salkin
According to MPT.org, Jeff Salkin is a Maryland native with 30+ years' experience as a broadcast journalist at television and radio stations in the Baltimore and Washington markets.
He joined Maryland Public Television (MPT) in 1991 and has become one of the most respected and recognizable journalists on the local public affairs scene. During his tenure with MPT he has served as moderator for political debates, hosted live coverage of the annual "State of the State" address, inaugurations, and numerous broadcast town hall meetings, and anchors MPT's weekly “State Circle” broadcast.
As MPT's executive producer of “Bloomberg Morning News,” a weekday financial news report that aired in the 1990s, Mr. Salkin helped create and launch the program. It was a co-production of MPT and Bloomberg L.P. and was syndicated nationally to PBS stations.
In 2001, he began serving as anchor for Maryland Public Television's weeknight program, “Direct Connection with Jeff Salkin,” a public affairs interview show that made its debut on October 1 of that year.
He is an alumnus of Baltimore's Gilman School and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Salkin resides in Howard County with his wife and three daughters.
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