After two years of radio silence -- at least in Bakersfield -- fiery conservative Inga Barks has returned to the local airwaves, on KNZR-AM, 1560.
Neither station management nor Barks returned calls for comment, but a Tuesday posting on KNZR'S Facebook page reads:
"We are happy to welcome Inga Barks to the KNZR Family! Inga will take the 3pm to 5pm slot, and we couldn't be more excited! Inga Barks is back in Bakersfield and she's on 1560 AM and 97.7 FM KNZR!"
Barks' last job in Bakersfield radio was at KERN-AM, 1180, where she worked for 15 years. She left the airwaves in April 2010, the same year she filed a sexual-harassment lawsuit against the company that owns the station and KERN radio host Scott Cox. A settlement was reached a year ago, and the terms were not disclosed.
Barks replaces radio personality Ralph Bailey, who left KNZR in February for KERN, where he hosts a show from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. The two conservatives are now direct competitors for a portion of that time slot.
In addition to her duties at KNZR, Barks writes occasional columns for The Californian and was listed as an on-air personality on the website of KMJ-AM 580 in Fresno, where she has worked for years.
KMJ recently suspended Barks after her February arrest in Bakersfield on suspicion of drunk and disorderly conduct. Barks was charged with a misdemeanor and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Kern County Superior Court.