I found this to be pretty funny. Today while I was driving I was listening to WOR in New York. WOR is a right-wing station, which I never listen to, but today I decided to listen to this obnoxious fill-in for Glenn Beck. During a commericial break, I heard a promo of Laura promoting her fill-in appearance for Joan Hamburg. For those of you who don’t know, Joan Hamburg is a respectable lady in talk radio. She gives advice, talks about restuarants- she’s not your obnoxious, racist shock jock like Laura Ingraham. I decided to listen because I knew there was no way Ingraham could broadcast the same show as Hamburg- classy, respectful, insightful. 12 o’clock comes around, and what do you know, Ingraham is not filling in for Joan Hamburg, WOR is merely replaying Ingraham’s show which aired from 9 to 12pm. Laura was claiming that she was filling in for Joan Hamburg, but in reality, no such thing ocurred. WOR and Ingraham duped the audience. I’d expect this from Laura but not from WOR.
Today when I was listening to WABC I could not stop laughing at the promos they are running. First one I heard was Mark Levin. Levin could not be happier to promote Saliwa’s new timeslot. Honestly, I have never heard Mark Levin more happy to do a promo. For the record, I don’t believe Levin ever recorded a promo for Saliwa before.
Secondly, I heard Curtis enthusiastically announce his new timeslot. That is nothing new; Curtis always seems enthusiastic, but WABC has never offered a promotion for the 9 Oclock timeslot, formerly inhabited by Laura Ingraham. There’s new life over there at WABC.
I’ve been reporting about this for months. Finally, my predictions have come true.
WABC, New York’s premium AM talk station, has replaced Laura Ingraham’s 9pm to 10pm show with Curtis Saliwa’s new syndicated show, which will air from 9pm to 1 am. WABC has reportedly tried to cancel Ingraham’s show in the past, but was unable to due to contractual reasons.
As a keen radio industry observer, I could spot all the signs that WABC was unhappy with Ingraham. Ingraham’s show was reduced to just one hour, despite claims of being the highest rated show on WABC. WABC offered no promotions for the Laura Ingraham show, and WABC hosts refused to mention the shock jock by name.
Why was WABC unhappy? I can’t say for sure, but I do suspect certain things. 1. Ingraham’s show was the only tape delayed show on the network. WABC probably wanted to have live shows each hour. Why would they want to broadcast Ingraham’s stale show from 10 hours earlier. In fact, WABC frequently booted Ingraham in the event of a presidential press conference, or breaking news event.
2. WABC could have been unhappy with the direction of her show. There is no question that Laura Ingraham has become increasingly more of a shock jock the last couple of years. Personal insults, juvenile humor, a bitchy attitude could have rubbed the new program director, Laurie Cantillo the wrong way.
3. Sean Hannity! While Ingraham was negotiating her contract it was reported that she tried to move into Sean Hannity’s drive-time slots while he was negotiating at the same time. This may or may not be true, but one thing is for sure: Sean Hannity does not like Laura Ingraham!
4. WABC could be looking to cut back. Recently, they dropped fellow hatemonger Bill Cunningham’s pathetic show. Maybe that’s why that got rid of Ingraham.
Even though I am a liberal, I still listen to WABC because it is the only AM station I can get. Alan Colmes and other progressives host do not come in clear enough for me to listen to. I can not tell you what a joy it will be not being able to listen to Ingraham. Believe or not, I can stomach almost any other host on WABC with exception of her and Monica Crowley. Monica Crowley has become an exact clone of Laura Ingraham; immature, juvenile, purposely provactive. We’ll see if WABC keeps her.
Even though I can’t listen to her, I will still report on a daily basis.