Best Talk-Radio Personality - 2002
Charles Jaco, KMOX (1120 AM)
A former CNN reporter who made his bones covering the Gulf War, Jaco came to KMOX in February 1995, adding a much-needed gravitas to the 50,000-watt behemoth. Rounding out his experience, Jaco has covered riots in Miami, floods in the Midwest and the Branch Davidian siege in Waco. In March, he vacated his longtime 2-4 p.m. slot and moved to evenings; his Nightwatch airs from 8-10 p.m. Jaco's timely, detailed stories, complemented with interviews, transmit to 44 states, the station's reach by night. One recent guest was Aukai Collins -- devout Muslim, FBI informant and author of My Jihad. Night after night, Jaco provides his own valuable insights, culled from a lifetime of globe-hopping and reporting, adding luster to topics that could otherwise turn dull. As one addicted listener says, "I have yet to tune him in when he doesn't add to something I'm already interested in."