Well I'll prob. keep listening to Howie Carr anyway. But...
Starting today, the Michael Graham Experience officially arrives at 96.9 FM WTKK in Boston, MA. All I can say is, somebody better buy Ted Kennedy a drink. Quick.
It is a new day, not just for my family and my career, but I believe it is an important day for talk radio and free speech, too.
It's been three months since the Council of American-Islamic Relations demanded my removal from the airwaves and ABC Radio capitulated to their demands. In those three months, many things could have happened: If ABC had had their way, I would have been falsely labeled a bigot. Even worse, I could have given into their pressure and issued a false apology, abandoning my principles for the sake of a job (a very tempting idea whenever the rent payment came due). I could have been banished from the talk radio industry, deemed "unhireable" by the industry--which is what several radio muckity-mucks assured me would happen.
Instead, the talk radio industry rallied. KFI in Los Angeles led the way, putting me on the air the very week I was fired, a statement more about their values than my broadcasting abilities. I have had more than half a dozen job offers from excellent radio stations across the nation. Not one station--NOT ONE--demonstrated any reluctance at all to work with me due to fear of pressure from CAIR or because of ABC's decision to fire me.
So I'm off to Boston to a better job at one of the most successful FM talkers in the country and I'm returning to afternoon drive, my favorite time slot. My family is excited about the move, Boston is a great city and I can't wait to get started.
In the darkest days of this anti-free-speech fiasco, the Washington Post's Marc Fisher wrote a piece that started out something like "Getting fired by ABC Radio may not be the best thing that's happened to Michael Graham's career, but it's close."
Actually, Marc, it IS the best thing that's happened to my career, and it's not even close.
FINAL SCORE: Free Speech 1; Angry Islamic Radicals and the Radio Management Weasels Who Cater To Them, 0.
WHAT'S THIS STATION AGAIN? It's WTKK in Boston, 96.9 FM TALK. Their website is linked (right), but unfortunately they won't start streaming for a few more weeks. But as soon as they do, you'll be able to log on and listen here.
THE FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
Graham Takes Over Afternoon Drive Duties on 96.9 FM Talk/WTKK in Boston
Boston, MA: Greater Media, Inc. announced today that Michael Graham, nationally known talk show host, columnist and political consultant, will officially take over as the afternoon drive host on 96.9 FM/ WTKK beginning on Monday, November 14, 2005 from 3PM to 7PM.
Graham has been filling in as a special guest host on WTKK over the past several weeks to enthusiastic listener response. Graham had previously worked at WMAL in Washington, DC, WRVA in Richmond, Virginia and WSCC in Charleston, South Carolina.
"Michael is a compelling communicator with a keen intellect who has his finger on the pulse of the local and national political scene. I
believe he will be a welcome addition to the Boston community," said
Greater Media President and CEO Peter Smyth.
"Hosting an afternoon drive talk show in Boston is a dream come true," said Graham. "The fact that it's on WTKK, one of the most successful FM talk stations in America, just makes it that much better."
Greater Media/Boston Vice President and General Manager Matt Mills added that "Michael has an edge to him that is going to captivate the Boston community like no one else. I'm really looking forward to having him on 96.9 FM TALK."
WTKK Program Director Paula O'Connor agreed, saying "Michael Graham is a solid addition to our strong 96.9 FM TALK line up. Michael provides an engaging, compelling forum for our smart listeners."
Graham has enjoyed successful careers as both a stand-up comedian and as a GOP political consultant. His career as a stand up comic took him to more than 40 states, where he appeared with performers including Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld.
As a political consultant, Graham worked on 50 federal, state and local campaigns ranging from Chicago to New York to Charleston, SC. In addition, he served as a South Carolina Statewide Coordinator for
presidential hopeful Pat Buchanan in 1992.
Graham is frequently seen on MSNBC and CNBC, and has been a featured guest on NBC's The Today Show. His unique background has given him a fresh and insightful perspective on American politics and current events. He is also in frequent demand as a guest for many national TV and radio programs, including The O'Reilly Factor (FOX), Crossfire (CNN), Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) and Hardball (MSNBC).
The South Carolina native is also the author of three books, including
his most recent Redneck Nation: How the South Really Won the War. He has written for a variety of national publications, including the
National Review and The Jewish World Review. He also writes The Usual Suspects, a syndicated column of political humor.
96.9 FM TALK (WTKK) is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Greater Media, Inc., the parent company of 19 AM and FM stations located in the Boston, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. Greater Media also owns a modern printing plant and a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey as well as several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.
Jay's new show starts nationwide in Jan.? Yesssss! I used to listen to him when I lived outside Boston, and while sometimes he'd irritate, he's a pretty decent guy. I hope he lands here in Tidewater area.
The article in today's Boston Herald regarding Graham's hiring described Severin as a "bad-boy." Do the hosts on Air America get called that, too, especially for joking about the assassination of the President or are they described more timidly?