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630 WMAL Talk Show Host Chris Plante has been fired
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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 won’t stop until 10am (or slightly earlier if Fred starts to choke on his daily ration of mixed nuts.) Between 5 and 9am, it’s all of the great stuff you’re 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 5’s. 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.

We’re 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 MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Mika Brzezinski, who serves as co-host on Scarborough’s morning television show, fills the same role on radio. The Joe Scarborough Show will offer thought-provoking commentary on the day’s 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 I’d guess that I’m 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, I’m sure.

I’m excited that Joe and Mika will join our line-up. I’m thrilled that Grandy and Andy will keep us in stitches for 5 hours a day, but I will miss my friends Chris and Geoff.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: 530wmal; 630wmal; achillwind; chrisplante; fairnessdoctrine; pravdamedia; talkhosts; talkradio; wmal
wow, first Chris Core, then Austin Hill and now Chris Plante.... for JOE AND MIKA??? i'm done with WMAL :(
1 posted on 04/03/2009 10:40:53 AM PDT by GreatDaggar
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To: GreatDaggar

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?


2 posted on 04/03/2009 10:43:52 AM PDT by Cathy
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To: GreatDaggar

Joe & Mika: Absolutely the WORST talk show hosts I ever heard.

I’d rather listen to glass breaking.


3 posted on 04/03/2009 10:44:16 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Cathy

Wow! Oh no......!


4 posted on 04/03/2009 10:44:59 AM PDT by A. Morgan (Every night I pray that Rezko and Blago roll over on Obama!)
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To: GreatDaggar

Joe Scarborough

5 posted on 04/03/2009 10:49:14 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (Government employment exists to provide a middle class lifestyle to otherwise, unemployable people)
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To: GreatDaggar

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.


6 posted on 04/03/2009 10:49:50 AM PDT by crusher (Political Correctness: Stalinism Without the Charm)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Great graphic!


7 posted on 04/03/2009 10:51:46 AM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: crusher

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.


8 posted on 04/03/2009 10:51:58 AM PDT by GreatDaggar
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To: Peter W. Kessler
Joe & Mika: Absolutely the WORST talk show hosts I ever heard.

Is it worse than Bill O'Reilly's show was?

9 posted on 04/03/2009 10:53:47 AM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: GreatDaggar

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.


10 posted on 04/03/2009 10:57:27 AM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: GreatDaggar

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.


11 posted on 04/03/2009 10:58:47 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (Stop the lying marxist Chicago-thug Kenyan teleprompTer-savant NOW before our Republic is gone!)
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To: Fudd Fan

HEY what about John Batchelor!?


12 posted on 04/03/2009 11:02:47 AM PDT by Samurai_Jack (ride out and confront the evil!)
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To: Fudd Fan

This stinks on ice!!!!!


13 posted on 04/03/2009 11:16:30 AM PDT by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: Samurai_Jack

I wish Batchelor’s show could be back on weeknights.


14 posted on 04/03/2009 11:51:12 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (Stop the lying marxist Chicago-thug Kenyan teleprompTer-savant NOW before our Republic is gone!)
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To: GreatDaggar

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.


15 posted on 04/03/2009 12:24:49 PM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: pepperhead

Yes


16 posted on 04/03/2009 12:27:15 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: GreatDaggar

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 Plant’s insight on what’s going on locally, Regionally and within that tiny speck of land mass, in halls of Congress.


17 posted on 04/03/2009 1:45:22 PM PDT by sinbaltimore ("All evil needs is for good men to do nothing.")
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To: GreatDaggar

Unreal! Chris Plante is a gem. One of the most talented and insightful conservative voices on the radio. How disappointing!


18 posted on 04/03/2009 3:38:53 PM PDT by Chairman of the Bard
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To: sinbaltimore

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.


19 posted on 04/03/2009 6:21:06 PM PDT by sandrajean
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To: A. Morgan
Are you people crazy...Joe & Mikka? weak...weak...weak!!! That is adding insult to injury...Chris Plante is a smart & quick thinker, I will miss Chris and expect that he will surface shortly, hopefully, on television. I will not listen to Joe & Mikka ever...To the owners of WMAL WHAT ARE YOU DOING??? And Andy & Grandy 5 hours...oh please, save me and bring Chris back!!!
20 posted on 04/06/2009 8:21:37 AM PDT by lovechris
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To: GreatDaggar

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.


21 posted on 04/06/2009 9:07:45 AM PDT by CountryBumpkin ("We are a nation that has a Government, not the other way around" RWR)
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To: sinbaltimore
Chris Core wrote to this after his axing -- it's about the ratings and the money.

Core wrote that he was not making the ratings and thus pulling in the advertising revenue to justify the company keeping him on.

Station-owning companies run nationally syndicated shows because they are cheaper than local shows and usually come with a pre-sold audience.

The problem for Core and Plante was that they weren't picked up for national syndication -- by contrast, Mark Levin was.

I don't like it either, but the marketplace demands someone who can draw -- I am glad that Fred and Brian are able to pull in the audience and make their numbers. (Chris Core mentioned this too in his piece [which ran in the WaPo].) This working of the marketplace is why I really, really resent that my tax dollars subsidise the Leftist drivel on NPR.
22 posted on 04/06/2009 9:14:26 AM PDT by Econservative ("To provide for us in our necessities is not in the power of Government." -- Edmund Burke)
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To: sinbaltimore

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.

Best regards,

Paul Duckworth

Operations Director

630 WMAL”


23 posted on 04/06/2009 9:38:55 AM PDT by blondebeast
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To: Cathy

Yes, Laura Ingraham is on at the same time. First Michael Graham, then Chris Core, then Austin Hill, now Chris Plante. Seeya WMAL.


24 posted on 04/06/2009 10:46:06 AM PDT by dwdm
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To: Econservative

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.


25 posted on 04/06/2009 1:06:11 PM PDT by GreatDaggar
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To: blondebeast

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.


26 posted on 04/06/2009 3:23:09 PM PDT by jk121764
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To: blondebeast

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.


27 posted on 04/06/2009 5:31:10 PM PDT by Ugly Angel
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To: GreatDaggar

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.


28 posted on 04/07/2009 6:55:22 AM PDT by Brian46
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To: GreatDaggar

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.


29 posted on 04/07/2009 6:55:22 AM PDT by wineplz
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To: GreatDaggar

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.


30 posted on 04/07/2009 3:33:12 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: GreatDaggar

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.


31 posted on 04/08/2009 6:09:42 AM PDT by discipler (The only place incestuous relationships are lauded is in Hollywood. "I got dibbs on her after you.")
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To: GreatDaggar

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.


32 posted on 04/09/2009 2:22:01 PM PDT by BigEdJohnson22
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Is he on XM?


33 posted on 04/14/2009 8:21:45 PM PDT by Cash Back Real Estate
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To: Cathy

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.

Andromedastar1216


34 posted on 06/04/2009 5:17:04 AM PDT by andromedastar1216
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To: Fudd Fan

It is located in the Washington DC metropolitan area-WMAL -630 am


35 posted on 06/04/2009 5:17:04 AM PDT by andromedastar1216
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To: GreatDaggar

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.

The NappyOne


36 posted on 04/07/2015 5:58:25 AM PDT by NappyOne
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To: NappyOne

You should know by now that Plante has been back at WMAL in good standing (9-12) for the last 5 1/2 years.


37 posted on 04/07/2015 6:10:22 AM PDT by GopherIt
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To: GopherIt

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.

Thanks,
The NappyOne


38 posted on 04/07/2015 9:41:35 PM PDT by NappyOne
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