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.