Skip to comments.Talk Radio Sad News: 630 WMAL just cancelled "The Chris Plante Show" today!
Posted on 04/03/2009 11:05:55 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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.
Today is my 43rd Birthday, and I feel like crying right now!!
* The Chris Plante Show Fan Ping *
This is very sad. Please keep us informed if Chris turns up somewhere else!
Happy Birthday, Silvie! HUGs
That’s awful news. I’m sure he’ll get another gig, though.
Happy Birthday, Silvie. (I know this isn’t the present you were hoping for.)
I just e mailed you.
Ridiculous, in favor of Joe Scarborough.
Gee thats a brilliant move. /s
Chris we miss you!
I just e mailed you.
Ridiculous, in favor of Joe Scarborough.
Gee thats a brilliant move. /s
Chris we miss you!
There seem to be a lot of radio format changes going on. Salem, on one of it’s two twin city stations, just went from conservative talk (Quinn and Rose, Dr. Laura...) to Bloomberg most of the day. The did have the good since to keep Levin.
The good news is you don’t look a day over 30
It IS sad news, indeed .. just sent you a FReepmail when I got the notice.
Happy Birthday, Silvie ... Chris will land on his feet. God love him. And you.
Anyone see a ratings book. That would explain it all.
Fred Grandy came within a few thousand votes of being elected Governor of Iowa in 1994. There would have been no Tom Vilsack and no homosexual marriage in Iowa.
Oh Silvie, you must be so bummed!
That’s awful. No way will Scarborough’s program be as informative as Chris Plante’s. I sure hope someone someone else has the smarts to hire him. And soon! Our country is at stake.
I am sorry for your loss of a good radio talk show. I never heard of it but I am sure it was a good show. (I have not been in the United States since 2002 except on leave).
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.
Got your message. Yes, I’m just flaberghasted. My mouth has been in the ‘open’ position since I learned of this about 2 hours ago........
Happy Birthday, I don’t believe # 43 for a moment, maybe 34!
I wrote Paul Ducky at Wmal who assured me it was a corporate decision not a local one. Whatever.
Laura is now my 9 to 10am. A & G get real tiresome after two hours. And they expand to 5 hours, from 4...., Go figure.
Chris has been absolutely terrific as one who candidly and clearly expresses his views. He thinks on his feet and engages all comers.
We met him and his very lovely number one at the National Harbor WMAL event. Meeting and talking with him was a pleasure.
Good Luck, Best Success - Chris. Just remember your fans are here, waiting for your return.
PLEASE if you still have contact with Chris or Geoff, to let them know they will be missed, and I think this is the one where many loyal listeners between 9 and Noon WILL leave 630 WMAL.
I could not get a good signal in the house and could not get the internet broadcast... I am so p.o. about it, now no podcast either!
A very sad day, hope he’s on the air again soon.
yup, I’m uh, unhappy. Nonetheless, please have a wondrous birthdy Silvie.
Crusher (from just up the road in Clinton)
This is terrible. He was my second favorite host behind Rush. He made my morning. I will not listen to that idiot Joe. I guess I’ll have to go back to Laura.
I just can’t believe they are doing this. Did Chris have any warning?
I won’t be listening to WMAL.
Btween the very leftist ABC news and this, I am done!
KPAM works just fine.
I can't stand milk-toast Grandy and Andy and there's no way I'll listen to that RINO POS Slow Joe Scarborough! Screw you WMAL!
Geoff & Chris know that all of you wish them well. I’ve been in contact with Chris today, and he wanted me to tell all of you that all is well and that ‘he’ll be back’ soon. First and foremost, they both think about the fans. They want all fans to know that they appreciate all your well-wishes and thoughts.
Happy Birthday, anyway. A dog I was close to had to be put down around the time of my 16th.
I am sorry I see it now.
This is all about the return of the fairness doctrine. Freedom 570 has Ed Schultz on from 12-3pm.
Well...guess that means that I will have to stream Laura Ingraham and/or Glenn Beck from the 9-12 time slot now. Hope WMAL enjoys the reduction in ratings.
While I can deal with a bit of Grandy and Andy...I will NOT repeat NOT listen to Scarborough. Period.
I'd rather listen to NPR than that RINO.
Happy birthday, Silvie. I am very sad to hear about Chris. That sucks bad:( I never got an opportunity to meet him face to face. Maybe someone can setup a proper goodbye party or something. Feels like I lost a good friend. Oh well Glen Beck is on 1580. I’ll be damned if I listen to Joe Scarbutthole and Frika Lewinski.
That’s a bummer. Sorry to hear that we lost the Plantman. I hope that he finds another market.
That is a very difficult time slot, while I’ll enjoy Fred and Andy, Chris will be missed.
Oh, and a happy birthday.
Hope it’s a good one despite the sad news!
They have been turning 630 from local to National for a while now. SOB’s.
So much for ‘local’ talk radio.
Happy belated birthday. No exclamation point. No joy in Mudville.
Andy Parks is on right now ranting about how it was not WMAL's fault, and that the decision was made by the parent company as a cost-cutting move. Wah!
I gave WMAL a second chance after it fired Michael Graham at the behest of CAIR and the Saudis, who then owned ABC parent-company Disney, which had later sold WMAL to Clear Channel.
Now, I say piss on WMAL. I'll listen to the Greaseman before I listen to Scarborough.
I completely understand. I’m not listening to Joe & Mika either and will wind up changing to Laura Ingraham at 10 a.m.
Well, to tell you the turth..I’m finished with Andy and Grandy too. This station’s management is completely clueless.
...and the next thing you know is that it will cancel Mark Levin in the evenings.
In all fairness to the station’s management — let me tell you that WMAL’s program director, Mr. Duckworth, FOUGHT HARD with the “upper echelon” (the owners of the station) in order to try to leave Chris on-air at WMAL.
I’m telling you, Guy, this was entirely a decision made from the Citadel honchos in NY — and there was nothing that Mr. D could do about it. Trust me on this one — I’ve been in communication with a variety of people about this. It sucks bigtime because of the fact that no one listens to “the little guy” [i.e. us]. Citadel is losing money in the billions of $$$ and they wanted cost-cutting changes to occur.
With Chris being a big money-maker for WMAL in the DC area, Citadel sure did slice off its nose to spite its face.
Only time will tell, my friend.
In the meantime, I’m sure missing Chris and I yearn for the time when he had his evening show... my oh my what he could get away with (and did get away with) back then...
Those were the Fun Times...
Have a great week.
I knew the ratings were good, but I did not realize that Chris’ ratings were as strong as it sounds. This being the case, I am starting to hope that - given our still present but under attack free market system - an smart, enterprising station will realize the void of local talk radio in The Nation’s Capital and try to fill the need. One can dream, can’t they?
I wouldn’t hold my breath for a change like the one you’ve just described, though.
I got an e mail from Chris.
He’ll let us know what he is up to.
I asked him on Facebook if he wouldn’t mind calling me every day between 9 and 12.
This has nothing to do with ratings or money. This has everything to do with Chris’ free speech, or, in this case, lack of free speech. It is yet another stealth firing, just like Chris Core and Mike Graham. Disgusted with WMAL and will keep looking for Chris as he moves on. Will NOT listen to Scarbourough.
I think replacing him with these two is a PC move, aren’t they both liberal?
BTW- HAPPY B-DAY
I’m in LaPlata. What tea party are you and hubby going to?
Someone should get a rqdio station and hire Michael Graham, Chris Core and Chris Plante. They could call themselves “The Outcasts”. It would be a great station!
I listened to Shmoe and Miko a couple of times. What a disappointment. The girl sounds like a bimbette. She must be super good looking or else nobody would ever put up with all of her squeals and grunts.
Man! What a bad move by WMAL.
I’m on Chris Plants’s side on this one.
Hi Silvie & everyone at FreeRepublic: I received an email from Paul Duckworth last night from WMAL in DC, saying that Chris Plante would be Rejoining the morning line-up of talk radio hosts. He will be starting this coming Monday, the 19th Oct. I just hope that it was a legitimate email. I will be tuning in to wmal (which will be the FIRST time since Chris Plante was let go!!) to see if Chris will in fact be back on the air. I guess Mika & Joe just didn’t cut it! GOOD! Okay, I just wanted to let everyone know about Chris coming back, so that he can have FANTASTIC ratings again. Take care everyone, have a great day!
Yes, thank you. We have been informed. This is great news indeed.
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