Newell Normand, who retired as Jefferson Parish Sheriff on Aug. 31, will make his radio debut on Monday.
Normand, who left the Sheriff’s Office after 37 years, replaces longtime WWL Radio host Garland Robinette, who announced his own retirement earlier this summer. Starting Monday, Normand will begin a five-days-a-week show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Normand, known for his candor and impassioned news conferences during his time as sheriff, said previously that his move to the airwaves will afford him a platform to "influence the development of public opinion in a different way and so much broader landscape than I could ever imagine as sheriff."
"I can help and be the cheerleader of this community and surrounding parishes and help move us from a third-tier to a second-tier economic region," Normand said when he announced his retirement from law enforcement. "We can try and improve upon ourselves, day in and day out, and hopefully help craft successes, help point out deficiencies, but more importantly help promote the place we call home."
Whether Normand's bombast will translate into a successful career in broadcasting is among the many questions raised since his unexpected departure. Long the subject of local headlines, his new role places him on the other side of the news.
It also remains to be seen what kind of on-air presence Normand will be when he begins his new gig, though it's a safe bet he will seek to bring attention to law enforcement-related issues, particularly in a city riven by crime.
Robinette, who said he plans to pursue painting in his retirement, lauded WWL's decision to hire Normand.
"He's an inspired choice,” Robinette said in a prepared statement shortly after the announcement. "I honestly thought there was no way they could pull it off... Newell will be a compelling host and a magnet for great guests. Everybody's going to want to be on that show. Everybody's going to listen. I know I will."
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