The show, dubbed PBSO Inside and Out, is broadcast on brokered air time that costs $400-an-hour.
Gossip Extra first reported on PBSO’s plan to take to the airwaves in July.
A PBSO spokeswoman today said taxpayer’s money isn’t used to pay for the show.
“The radio show money is coming from private donors,” said Teri Barbera, the spokeswoman. She didn’t identify the donors.
The program is designed to counter The Beat, the Wednesday night law enforcement show co-hosted by former cops Rick Sessa and Dan Henry. (I am a frequent contributor to The Beat, which is known to be critical of Sheriff Ric Bradshaw‘s administration.)
PBSO Inside and Out‘s choice of host, meanwhile, has raised eyebrows. Nichols is a well-known area broadcaster whose temper has got him in trouble.
In 1986, for example, Nichols was a weatherman at WPEC-Channel 12 when he was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault. He was accused of threatening his ex-wife and her ex-husband with a knife at her home in Palm Beach Gardens!
The same year, TV old-timers tell me, he was reading the news on-the-air when a woman penetrated into his studio and flung an object at him.
In 2010, sheriff’s deputies responded to a fight at the Sherbrooke Golf & Country Club in Lake Worth that involved Nichols. He wasn’t arrested, but the club’s grounds keeper was!
Nichols started the show, which airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays, by calling PBSO one of the country’s greatest law-enforcement organizations.