It’s been 17 years and change since I began penning Inside the Beltway for The Washington Times. Shortly thereafter, the daily column became a feature of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and Chicago’s Tribune Media Services. And as technology has progressed beyond paper, so has the column, appearing regularly on popular Internet sites, including Townhall.com.
In 2004, upon publishing the book “Inside the Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops and Shenanigans From Around the Nation’s Capital,” a question was posed on how many columns I had written to date. I counted then about 3,600, give or take a few dozen, a number that’s grown today to about 5,100 columns.
Figuring each column contains five or six news items, I’ve filed about 28,000 stories, the majority of them exclusive in nature.
Today, this one-time broadcaster is proud to be joining long- time San Francisco radio personality Melanie Morgan as coanchor of The Times’ new morning-drive radio show, which debuted nationwide June 15 with special guests.
“America’s Morning News” is syndicated by the Talk Radio Network, which has developed and launched long-form radio programming for such national talents as Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage and Monica Crowley. From a state-of-the-art studio bordering The Times’ bustling newsroom, this unique joint venture hits airwaves coast to coast from 6 to 9 a.m., five days a week, showcasing The Times’ investigative and accountability journalism.
As for Inside the Beltway, rest assured the column will always remain a major daily feature, albeit I welcome aboard a muchneeded primary co-columnist, who will be announced shortly. Until then, stay tuned.
John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes .com.