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Jonetta Rose Barras Returns to the Radio

Watch out, Plotkin. Watch out, Kojo.

Your days of local-politics hegemony on the radio airwaves is over: Jonetta Rose Barras is returning next week with a new hourlong politics show. "D.C. Politics With Jonetta" will air Tuesdays at noon 11 a.m. on WPFW-FM, 89.3 on your radio dial.

The new show comes almost a year after WAMU-FM fired Barras from its popular "Politics Hour" program over a pay dispute. Since then, Barras says, her fans demanded her return. "It was just that I got so many people constantly asking me when I was going to get back on the air," she says.

The show, Barras says, will focus on "hot, spicy, and raw politics." And, unlike those other local politics radio shows, this one will be D.C. only. "The whole intent is to look at the news and also look behind the news," she says.

The format will include weekly guests from the government and community, as well as guest analysts. Barras says she's already set her first lineup: She'll have Attorney General Peter Nickles and community activist Phil Pannell in studio on Tuesday.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • Fred

    PERFECT. Perfect station for her.

    Horrible time. Who'll be listening? Will it be podcasted?

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  • Maria

    YES!!! I love Jonetta and complained to the station when she suddenly disappeared. I live in WA State and had looked forward to Friday's with Diane Rehm and Kojo with Jonetta. I don't listen to the show anymore; it soooo boring!! Kojo lost his partner or vice versa but I know Jonetta can hang on her own. You go girl!!! Chica509

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