Media World: Jersey talker Judi Franco goes digital


To her millions of radio listeners in New Jersey, she is simply known as "Judi," a wise-cracking mother of four who can make even the most casual of listeners feel like a close friend. Now broadcaster Judi Franco is embarking on a new role: podcaster.

Franco left her gig co-hosting the afternoon show on NJ 101.5, the No. 1 FM talk station in the U.S., after 11 years in November to care for her ailing husband. She also has a special-needs son and a daughter who was recovering from extensive surgeries. Her abrupt departure made it appear that she was forced out. In fact, she left on her own volition and even helped choose her replacement. Her only complaint is that the station never gave her a chance to say goodbye to her fans.