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Hermacinski, Douglas bringing talk program to AM 550

Mike Lawrence

Cari and Rob Show producer Jamie White, middle, listens to Rob Douglas and Cari Hermacinski during a rehearsal Wednesday at their studio on Yampa Street.

Cari Hermacinski and Rob Douglas are expanding their conservative-leaning talk radio program to a weekday format on airwaves reaching into Utah and Wyoming.

Hermacinski is a Northwest Colorado native, businesswoman and president of Steamboat Springs City Council. Douglas is a former Steamboat Pilot & Today columnist with about 12 years of on-again, off-again talk radio experience, which he began in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore markets as an offshoot of his work as a private detective investigating topics including political corruption. The Cari and Rob Show ended its initial run March 6 on KBCR AM 1230 and resumes Monday on KRAI AM 550, on airwaves reaching eastern Utah, southern Wyoming and the Interstate 70 corridor.

The show will air from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays on the station known as 55 Country, along with live streaming, audio recordings and podcasts available on the Web at http://www.cariandrob.info. Jamie White is producer of the show, which includes talk about national and regional news, listener call-ins and guests primarily from the political arena. Previous guests include Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet; Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele; Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton; and Republican U.S. House candidates Scott Tipton, of Cortez, and Bob McConnell, of Steamboat Springs.

"We've had trouble getting Democrats on the show," Douglas said.

Hermacinski and Douglas have moved the show into a new suite including offices and a studio in the Bear River Center, above Cottonwood Grill.

There's a light-hearted atmosphere in the suite, which has a stocked "beer-ator," a deck overlooking Lincoln Avenue, a map of the United States with a pin locating every radio station the show signs with — there's one pin so far, stuck on Steamboat — a couch from Hermacinski's home and a water cooler that she said is functional and a symbol of the show's conversational, office-chatter nature.

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The duo can turn topics on a dime, jumping within minutes from health care to the national debt to scandals of former President Bill Clinton.

Douglas joked Tuesday that it's been tough working lately with Cari "Hernia-cinski," who recently had surgery for that ailment. He then turned the spotlight on himself as a radio talk show host.

"Why does America need one more overweight white man telling people what to do?" Douglas joked, before making a serious comment about the show's intent. "What we really need to do is get people involved."

Hermacinski said talking about current events on air has so far, in her mind, not presented a problem with her work as a leader of local government.

"I haven't experienced any conflict at all," Hermacinski said. "I think every person that can be engaged, should (be)."

The Cari and Rob Show focuses on national and regional issues, rather than the local issues Hermacinski votes on in Centennial Hall. She said local relevance, however, is a crux of the radio show.

"The national is local," Hermacinski said. "What's happening in Washington, D.C., and Denver is relevant to what's happening in Northwest Colorado."