Skip to comments.630 WMAL Talk Show Host Chris Plante has been fired
Posted on 04/03/2009 10:40:52 AM PDT by GreatDaggar
Beginning Monday, we welcome a name and voice familiar to many of you, deliver MORE from your favorite morning team, and say goodbye to a good friend and top-notch talk show host.
On Monday, the Grandy and Andy Morning Show will expand to 5 hours! The Grandy and Andy magic starts at 5am and wont stop until 10am (or slightly earlier if Fred starts to choke on his daily ration of mixed nuts.) Between 5 and 9am, its all of the great stuff youre accustomed to: 20 minutes of news and views commercial free at the top of every hour, opinion and analysis, lots o laughs, plus traffic and weather first on the 5s. At 9am, Fred, Andy and Bryan tackle the big story of the day with plenty of your phone calls, an occasional guest and some great surprises.
Were also pleased to welcome Joe Scarborough to 630 WMAL. The nationally syndicated Joe Scarborough Show will air between 10am-12noon. Joe is a former U.S. Congressman and current host of MSNBCs Morning Joe. Mika Brzezinski, who serves as co-host on Scarboroughs morning television show, fills the same role on radio. The Joe Scarborough Show will offer thought-provoking commentary on the days leading issues and will feature many of the same A-list guests his television audience has come to expect.
Sadly, The Chris Plante Show has been cancelled. I will miss Chris (and Id guess that Im not alone.) He is passionate, smart, crafty, funny and unpredictable. I loved listening to Chris on the air and looked forward to our daily off-air strategy meetings (when Chris did the cable version of his show if you know what I mean. Mark my words, Chris and his extraordinarily talented producer Geoff Holtzman will re-surface soon, Im sure.
Im excited that Joe and Mika will join our line-up. Im thrilled that Grandy and Andy will keep us in stitches for 5 hours a day, but I will miss my friends Chris and Geoff.
Wow, I can see the plan by WMAL now. Balance their line up before the feds make them.
Chris Plante is excellent and I am sure as hell not going to listen to Joe and Mika. Isn’t Laura Ingraham on at the same time?
Joe & Mika: Absolutely the WORST talk show hosts I ever heard.
I’d rather listen to glass breaking.
Wow! Oh no......!
Don’t forget Michael Graham. I’m guessing I will be employing my other options. Hoping Plante ends up elsewhere soon. Also, Glenn Beck is available locally now at AM 1580.
yep, sorry about forgetting Michael Graham ... which I unfortunately hold a terrible view on — I liked that he was fired - but ONLY because it brought Chris Plante to WMAL. In paradise, both Graham and Plante would still be on WMAL :)
I really hope he gets a new gig like this too and with the similar format. But it’s highly unlikely. Michael Graham has a talk show but I think he was already a somewhat national figure. Chris Core and Austin Hill do not. And I don’t think Chris Plante is really a national figure.
Is it worse than Bill O'Reilly's show was?
Do you really think that the whole flippin world knows that WMAL is in D.C.? Perhaps in the future you could add something somewhere along the line to let us know where it is that you are worried about your local radio show.
WABC-AM has had Scarborough’s show for several months now. There’s not enough money in the universe to make me listen to it.
HEY what about John Batchelor!?
This stinks on ice!!!!!
I wish Batchelor’s show could be back on weeknights.
Dumping Chris Plante so we can hear the squawking of the #$&%@ Mika?
Nope, not going to be listing from 10-12 anymore.
Time to send negative feedback to the advertisers.
I went to Citadel Media/Broadcasting web site, top left (of course) corner “Air America Media”
Watch out, that’s how it’s going to happen, buy the network, cancel the local conservative talk hosts/hostesses and then go for the kill of the “big guys”
No reason for Congress to write laws, the market place will take care of it.
First, Michael Graham in August of 2005.
Then, Chris Core in February 2008.
Now in just over a year later, Chris Plant???
You guys fired Austin Hill not too long ago this year too?
Just what gives WMAL? I like Fred, Andy and Brian fine, but 5 hours????
What is it that everyone at the station is not talking about?
I love Rush, but I really loved Chris Plants insight on whats going on locally, Regionally and within that tiny speck of land mass, in halls of Congress.
Unreal! Chris Plante is a gem. One of the most talented and insightful conservative voices on the radio. How disappointing!
I will miss Chris, I don’t like Grandy and Andy and will not listen to that Scarborough guy, so I will be turning the dial hoping to find something worth listening to.
Chris Plante’s show was my favorite on local morning radio. Provocative, insightful, and entertaining. I just tried listening to Scarborough’s show for an hour or so. Never again. It sucks bad. Really bad. Very juvenile. WMAL can probably kiss their advertising revenue goodbye from 10-12am.
I agree completely! Chris Plante’s knowledge of history was amazing, as well. His recall ability served him well in challenging callers to defend their arguments.
I contacted the WMAL Ops Director, and am pleased to see that it wasn’t a decision made by the station.
It doesn’t change my resolve to adjust my listening habits, though. I’m going to tune in Laura Ingraham on WTNT’s 570AM from 9 -12 from now on.
“Thanks for your email. First the headline: this was NOT a local decision.
I am truly saddened to see Chris go. He’s a great broadcaster and friend. As you may know, The Joe Scarborough Show is owned and distributed by Citadel Media/Broadcasting - the company that owns WMAL. This move was part of the company’s strategy to get programs that it owns on stations that it owns - something that’s not uncommon in the industry.
I’ve made my share of decisions at WMAL, however this one was not one of them.
Thanks again for your feedback.
Yes, Laura Ingraham is on at the same time. First Michael Graham, then Chris Core, then Austin Hill, now Chris Plante. Seeya WMAL.
was it really because Core wasn’t bringing in ratings? I always thought he was fired because he was a 30-year veteran at WMAL and so commanded a higher salary compared to say, Chris Plante so firing Core was an easy way to cut costs.
At first I thought Chris has taken the day off, but then realized he’s gone. I think that new morning show is awful. It’s tough to take another hour of Fred and Andy as they are a bit lame. One of them tries too hard to be funny.
I like Rush and even better Mark Levin, who I think is as talented a radio broadcaster as Rush. But in the morning I’m switching over to Laura Ingraham, whom I didn’t know was on another station in that time slot.
I hope Chris Plante wasn’t fired because he made a group mad. Was it LaRaza or CARE or some America hating group that threatened to boycott because Chris cracked on their issue? I hope not. I listened to Scarboro this morning and it was bad. The girl sounded cute at first but I got tired of her after a short time. This was a bad move by you guys.
I emailed the station GM. I’m done. I will not listen to that station during the 9-12 time slot. Chris was great and Scarborough cannot hold a candle to him.
I really miss my daily dose of Chris Plante. He’s the reason I got more active in my local politics. An extra hour of Grandy and Andy is alright, but seriously?...Joe Scarborough? I’d rather catch Mancow and Laura Ingraham over on 530AM (even though that station in nearly all static in my area). I sure hope Chris gets another gig soon—I’d love to listen to him again.
I listen to Chris Plante as often as I can, and usually time my lunch break so that I can catch some of his show. He was one of the best Conservative voices on radio. I didn’t know until just now that they’d let him go. I heard some other host yesterday and today, I thought it was a fill-in. Then I heard a promo for him on the way home.
This is quite a disappointment. I’m really sorry to see this. I guess I’ll listen to something else in that time slot.
Joe was a wuss, kissing butt. He cried and got choked up over Obama’s speech in the Iowa primary. You can’t count on these wobbly “conservatives”. I think maybe he needs a shot of testosterone.
My name is Ed Johnson from Silver Spring MD and now that WMAL has dropped Chris Plante I will no longer listen to their station. First Chris Core and now Chris Plante. This is out of control.
Is he on XM?
I do NOT like Joe and Mika- they are zeros compared to Chris, and I will no longer listen while they are on, but will listen to all my other favorites-Love Eric and Gary, as well as the Great One, Rush and Sean.
It is located in the Washington DC metropolitan area-WMAL -630 am
I liked Chris the instant I heard him.
But I hadn’t understood how small Chris’ reach was. While you WMAL listeners are, justifiably, upset, you may not realized that he had a couple hours on air here in the Tennessee Valley on WVNN replacing Heraldo Revera. Now we have a host out of Birmingham who does Alabama politics. Yea, that is important, but 2 hours on the state budget and road projects will only go so far.
I hope he comes back. Someday some bright station manager will put the trifecta together - Plante, Limbaugh, Levin. That would be nine hours of radio I wouldn’t miss.
You should know by now that Plante has been back at WMAL in good standing (9-12) for the last 5 1/2 years.
I realized that right after I hit “post”. We still lost him after a very short stint in Huntsville. I liked him from the start. Same feel I had when I heard Rush for the first time. From the page on where to listen to him this was the only market outside DC he had. Too bad. His show is good enough for a national audience.
Right now we have 6 hours on local (Alabama) talk covered by two hosts, Rush, Savage (Plante here would be ideal to bridge me from Rush to Levin), and Levin.
I guess I will just have to stream or podcast him.
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