Tags: Imus, Imus, talk radio, Ron Kuby, Curtis Sliwa, WABC, WOR New York City
Things have changed. The I-Man is back! Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby long ago said their goodbyes: Brian Maloney blogged about it w/video back on October 15. Bloggeth Brian:
Regardless of their imperfections, Curtis & Kuby are being replaced by inferior programming in the form of an aging Don Imus, who before being fired earlier this year had struggled to generate ratings for many years.Curtis and Kuby went out with their highest Arbitron rating ever - No. 5 among all morning shows.
Even if he somehow delivers numbers this time, which seems less likely than ever, it's doubtful that skittish advertisers will return to his program...The oddest irony is this: as once-stodgy WOR works to bring in a younger, more advertiser- friendly audience, WABC is moving in the opposite direction, striving to be the new voice of New York's nursing homes and senior centers.
Reports suggest Curtis is looking to make some noise in electoral politics after being silenced on the airwaves.
Imus will be on a 21-second delay according to the New York Observer and many of his “enablers” will be back, says Alter Net.
Imus' show is being simulcast on a TV network reaching rural and agricultural regions of the nation, RFD TV, which hopes Imus will raise the network’s profile nationwide. (The New York Times). Imus may be back, but the Greaseman can't overcome his fall from grace after a racial remark he made eight years ago, says the Washington Post.
Sportscaster Warner Wolf is moving from WABC to all-sports ESPN affiliate WEPN 1050, according to the New York Daily News.
Imus’ first advertiser is a New Jersey medical center, reports Ad Week.
Here in the Capital Region, we've finished off a week having actual LOCALLY ORIGINATED talk radio in the afternoon for the first time in may years. I think it's great to have TWO local hosts on: if you don't like Host A Topic A, just slide the dial over to Host B Topic B. Sometimes I listen to national host Sean Hannity (and I still will) but it's