“Drive Home with Jillian Barberie & John Phillips”
Barberie is well known to Southern California for her 18 years as co-host of Fox 11’s top-rated morning show, Good Day LA, where she engaged audiences with her real-life stories and electric energy. The sassy, Canadian-born Barberie has made a career out of hanging with the guys. While hosting Good Day LA, she also spent a decade on the Fox NFL Pre-Game Show working opposite Curt Menefee, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw.
“Jillian’s energy, experience and love for Southern California are unmatched. We’re absolutely thrilled that she’s joining the TalkRadio 790 team in this important role,” said John Dickey, Executive Vice President and co-COO of Cumulus.
“I am so excited to be partnered with John Phillips! I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the KABC team, which is such a great place with incredibly talented people. I’ve always felt that there is something unique and liberating about doing radio,” Barberie said.
“Jillian is not only a high-energy broadcasting star, she’s a real-life mom and trend-setter – and has an opinion on everything! We are going to give the listeners a reason to take a long lunch everyday. It’s going to be a blast,” Phillips said.
A fourth-generation native of Los Angeles, Phillips developed an interest in politics at a young age thanks to Boss Hogg of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” “I love the process. I love the horse race. I love everything about it,” Phillips said in his 2013 introduction to PJTV viewers. “Politics is about people, and it’s a constant struggle between heroes and villains.”
Phillips studied political science in college but abandoned academia for a more stimulating career in talk radio, which he affectionately calls “the bordello of politics.” In addition to hosting “The Drive Home” with John Phillips and Jillian Barberie on Talk Radio 790 KABC in Los Angeles – a show named “Best LA Afternoon Radio Show” by LARadio.com — he provides commentary every Thursday on “Good Day LA” on KTTV Fox 11 in Los Angeles. On the web, Phillips hosts “Rundown,” “Poll Position,” and “Up or Down” for PJTV. When he’s not hosting, he writes a weekly column on politics for the Orange County Register.
Phillips earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science as a magna cum laude graduate of California State University at Fullerton and studied American politics at Claremont Graduate University. He transitioned into talk radio by way of Sultana High School in Hesperia, Calif., where he worked as a teacher for a year.