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Best Talk-Radio Personality 

Charles Jaco, KMOX (1120 AM)

Whether he's addressing the war on terror or child abduction, Charles Jaco just sounds authoritative -- he must know what he's talking about. And he does, because Jaco's been there and knows a few people there. "The man can talk about any subject," says fellow KMOX broadcaster McGraw Milhaven, "and, nine times out of ten, he's probably met the newsmaker who was there or covered some aspect of a story or has visited the country in question."

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."

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