First Light (radio)
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First Light is a syndicated talk radio program. The one-hour live program airs weekdays at 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time and is one of a small number of programs airing live (and taking listener phone calls) in that time slot. A weekend version, The Week in Review, also is available, in conjunction with Jim Bohannon's America This Week.
The show features news stories from NBC News, guest interviews, a call-in segment, and the short-form feature Last Night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Dirk Van was the show's longtime host from 1989 to 2015; he retired and was replaced by Evan Haning.
First Light was also the last program that continued to use the original "NBC Radio" branding, via a short announcement at the end of the program and through the program's online and print logo (which included a "sunset orange" variant of the NBC peacock). It is distributed through Westwood One (known as "Dial Global" from 2011 through 2013), which owns the remains of the original NBC radio network through its purchase of the original "Westwood One".
Due to Westwood One retiring the NBC News Radio news service on December 15, 2014 (it was effectively rebranded into a "white label" generic newscast via a news content sharing agreement between Westwood One parent company Cumulus Media and CNN), "First Light" has since been branded exclusively as a "Westwood One" program.