This is the first day of my expanded show, UpClose, which has aired on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. since 2018.

In addition to Saturdays, my new show will air each weekday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Who am I? I'm a person who has been in the news business since the early 90's and I love radio. Today will be a different day for me as I will now be dedicated to a news and opinion show which is somewhat different from what I have been doing for years.

My usual concentration has been on news and today begins a show that will be about giving our listeners the opportunity to continue to give their opinion. In addition, I will be sharing my opinion on issues, but by all means, I know you don't need my opinion. I have always said KPEL listeners are "smarter than the average bear".

I know you form your own opinions based on all of the different sources that you consume. I am just hoping that you will take those views and bring them to the airways from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday. I am hoping to ask questions from a variety of different perspectives to offer you the most information possible as you are deciding what is best for you and your family.

You can contact me at the office by calling 233-6000. If I am not able to take your phone call, then you can leave a voicemail. You can contact me via email at bernie@kpel965.com. I want to know your questions. I want to hear about your issues. I want to know your worries and concerns. And most importantly, I want you to have your voice heard. Constructive criticism is also something I appreciate.

I'm excited to have you along for the ride. Don't forget to tune in this afternoon at 2! And please call the show 337-232-1542.