Chris Core

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Chris Core (born December 8, 1948)[1] is an American radio and television personality. Formerly on Washington, D.C.'s 630 WMAL and host of The Chris Core Show from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. EST, Marc Fisher of The Washington Post calls Core "a rare talker who gets the complexities of this region."[citation needed] The program was one of the highest rated shows in the competitive drive time slot prior to being moved, mostly unchanged, to its morning slot. The show covered a wide variety of topics ranging from politics, the Global War on Terrorism, local and current affairs, show business, and others, until its cancellation on February 29, 2008. It was a "call in" type show where listeners were encouraged to call the show with their opinions. Core has maintained that he is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. The show often featured prominent local and national politicians who frequently called the show unsolicited. Core treated callers with respect regardless of their political stance. His show allowed people on both sides of an issue to express their opinions and allowed listeners to form their own opinions. Core also from time to time kept a caller on the line to discuss the topic at hand with other callers.

Early life and education[edit]

Core grew up in the small town of Clinton, Iowa. In 1971 Core graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a degree in political science and theater and minor in Spanish.[2] Three years later, he began his career at WMAL doing news and sports on the weekends. In 1976, Core replaced Ed Meyer as veteran news talker Bill Trumbull's cohost on the afternoon program "Two for the Road".[3] Within a few years the name of the show was changed to The Trumbull and Core Show. Eventually this became The Chris Core Show. Brooke Stevens filled in as co-host following Bill Trumbull's retirement in 1996, prior to leaving the station in 2000.[4] He currently resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife, Anne, and his daughter, Tabitha.


On February 29, 2008, Core was dismissed from WMAL after working for the station for over 33 years, as part of a broad shakeup at the station's parent company, Citadel Broadcasting. Core was dismissed following that day's show, leaving him without the opportunity to say goodbye to his audience. Core expressed hope to one day return to the air on a different station.[1] WMAL host Chris Plante replaced Core in WMAL's morning lineup.[5]

In 2008, Core was hired as a feature commentator on Washington DC's news radio station WTOP. His commentary, "Core Values," can be heard at 3:40, 6:10, and 8:40 pm. His commentaries can also be downloaded from the radio station's website. He starred in a commentary-style TV show, Chris Core Talks, on D.C.'s local CW station. He also serves as a guest host on XM Radio (Channel 130) "POTUS".

Awards and recognition[edit]

Core received the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award in 2009, and was named one of three top radio personalities by readers of the Washington Times in their 2002 Readers' Choice awards; he was recently named one of the Top 100 Talk Show Hosts in the country by Talkers Magazine for the second year in a row.


  1. ^ a b Farhi, Paul (March 1, 2008). "Strapped Owner Fires WMAL Host Chris Core". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  2. ^ "About Chris Core". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Farhi, Paul (January 10, 2012). "Bill Trumbull, popular Washington radio host, dies at 77". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-07-12.
  4. ^ Fisher, Marc (February 27, 2005). "WMAL's Solid -- if Evolving -- Core". The Washington Post. p. N02. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  5. ^ "WMAL programming schedule". WMAL. Archived from the original on 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2008-03-03.

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