Gary Metivier and Regional Media forge partnership

Fletcher Ford and Gary Metivier come together to provide more local content to more people spanning across the 27 counties they serve.

Regional Media has announced a partnership with longtime local media icon Gary Metivier to bring “The Heart of the Story with Gary Metivier” to the Regional Media’s network, the largest locally owned radio and digital network in the area.

After more than 20 years as a rating leader anchoring and reporting, Gary decided it was time for a change. Earning 3 Emmy Awards, 3 Edward R. Murrow awards, nearly a dozen Emmy nominations, and dozens of 1st Place Illinois Associated Press awards for everything from Best  Documentary, Best Reporter to Best News Writer, Gary understand what it means to focus on the story that matters.

Gary went on to say….”Now more than ever, people are seeking out connections to the people and places they turn to for music, talk radio, and podcasts. Local programming is more important than ever before. That is why I am excited about our new partnership with Regional Media. The Heart of the Story with Gary Metivier Podcast will now reach more people in the communities I have come to know over the past 20 plus years. There are so many incredible local stories to share.  Join us on this new journey. I support local radio. Stay tuned! “

The Heart of the Story focuses on positive, inspiring stories of everyday people doing cool stuff. From a young woman driven to be in the driver’s seat as a pro racer, to a local chief of police’s heroic battle to get back to his community after a devastating injury on the job, The Heart of the Story with Gary Metivier touches so many lives. We take you deeper into the story of what moves us, what drives us, and what lifts us up in our toughest of times.

Throughout our friendship, I have learned that we share the same passion when it comes to supporting our local communities.  I have always admired his passion for what he does, including the amazing coverage of veterans during The Back Road Music Festival we co-host in Galva Illinois. Gary has dedication and passion unlike most in our industry. I am extremely grateful that the people of the communities we serve will experience more of his stories across our group.” Said Regional Media President Fletcher M. Ford

This historical partnership comes at a time where major media companies are eliminating local staff and local programs. Regional Media is continuing to forge partnerships with the absolute best in the industry to keep localism alive and well in the area. Most recently, Regional Media launched Planet 93.9, with Dave Levora and Darren Pitra with raging success and expanded local shows and content throughout the state, proving that our communities still live for local people they can trust, to entertain, inform, and be a part of their lives each day.

The Heart of the Story will debut in 27 counties that Regional Media services, across more than a dozen digital platforms, and the largest local podcast network. The first episode will air on November 20, 2020. A complete schedule including will be released at a later date.


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