Skip to comments.630 WMAL's Grandy & Andy FIRED -- Bryan Nehman reportedly spared.
Posted on 04/14/2010 2:36:35 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
Fred Grandy (a.k.a Gopher from "The Love Boat) and Andy Parks are out. FishbowlDC sources have confirmed and DCRTV (www.dcrtv.com) is reporting that WMAL's (630 AM) duo has been fired. Grandy is a former Republican member of Congress.
It won't happen immediately -- their end date is still up in the air. The news has been circulating at the station all day long. Word has it that corporate-wide cuts of the most expensive employees are necessary to save money.
Station manager Paul Duckworth did not return a phone request for comment at FBDC press time.
Please change to “WMAL” and not “WMMAL”.
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Boy, upper management’s just making all KINDS of friends. They’re expensive??? Gee, I wonder why? I dunno, maybe because they’re very good at what they do? Sigh...
Prediction: they’ll replace Grandy & Andy with Joe Scarboro (barf).
Well, that’ll be the end of WMAL-—finally. And I just heard Andy chuckling earlier in the week that in his current line of work, he could be out of a job anytime.
Oh well. The FM classic stations will be on my dial again.
The I95 Moving Parking Lot will not be the same without Grandy and Andy. I’d sure love to see WMAL’s rating book after this brillant move goes down.
1. Load gun.
2. Take careful aim at a foot.
3. Squeeze trigger.
4. Repeat Steps 13 for other foot.
What did Duckworth know and when did he know it.
They already tried Scarborough, and he tanked hard. They ended up bringing back Chris Plante, after firing him six months earlier.
Early morning WMAL is really going to suck since Andy & Grandy were always on top of the politics and fun to listen to.
Maybe the WMAL suits will confer with Rahm Emanuel to find an “acceptable” replacement.
Guess it’s time to check out the other talk stations in DC.
This is AMAZINGLY STUPID! I can’t believe those two can’t pull ad rates that will pay them.
Fired Michael Graham
Fired Chris Plante (And had to bring him back)
Firing Grandy and Andy....
It figures they’d keep Nehman; he’s the liberal one.
Madness. Did they learn nothing from the Chris Plante debacle?
Back to lisenting to CDs in the morning. I couldn’t stand that d@mn liberal they had on for a while. Nehman isn’t wet behind the ears yet and isn’t strong enough to hold me as a listener. Nehman must have an in with somebody because he’s just dry — no great wit, no great insight — nada. I’ll miss Grandy and Andy terribly.
IF THEY PLACE JOE SCARBOROUGH’S SHOW AGAIN ON THAT STATION, I SWEAR I’LL LIGHT MY HAIR ON FIRE!!
Interesting timing as it was just this past Saturday I attended the WMAL First Amendment Forum with Fred, Andy, Chris, and Brian. Fred was hot. I’d like to see him get into speaking on the Tea Party circuit or elsewhere. He has an amazing command of history and the issues. I believe I heard him say this morning “I have a masters degree!”
GAG! They just got rid of Scarborough in the 10-12 time slot and put Chris Plante back on from 9-12. They fired Chris about year ago and Scarborough was a disaster - I expect another one now.
This makes me sad - I love Grandy and Andy!
I live outside DC - listen to Grandy and Andy EVERY morning !!!
They are #1 in their slot ...
BTW: They replaced Chris Plant [who replaced Chris Core] with Joe and Mika [Morning Joe] ... THAT lasted about 3 months before they brought Plant back [for MORE ducats, I assume].
NO ONE LISTENED TO JOE AND MIKA - SAME WILL GO FOR WHATEVER BOZO(S) REPLACE(S) GRANDY AND ANDY ...
Die, corporate scum.
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Hard to believe. They are an absolute Washington institution. Think of the Freedom of Speech forum last Saturday. One of the most perfect days of the year in DC, yet hundreds of fans congregated in a dark hotel ballroom to see/hear them and Christ Plante. Hopefully, management wakes up before it screws up.
Fred should move back to Iowa and run for Governor. Or US Senate to replace DungHeap Harkin.
Management is screwing up WMAL just the way they destroyed WABC in NY. These jackasses have no business being in the radio station business. Sad...
THey are paying three people for a morning talk show. That’s a lot of money. I guess Brian is the cheapest of the bunch.
Behind the face of that actor lies the black heart of a rabid rat.
Strange...maybe we’ll be hearing Imus in the Morning?
Paul Duckworth USED to be the GM at KVI 570 in Seattle, which used to be Kirby Wilbur’s station. He screwed around with the lineup when he was at KVI as well. Not smart.
If we get Imus, I will SCREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm going to miss him more than Andy, and I do hope he does get out into the Tea Party circuit where he can make a difference.
oh I get that whole budget thing .. suppose the days of ‘teams’ on radio are at their end. If the DC market can’t afford it, what market can?
It’d just be interesting to know how much audience this team attracts to the station, what their ad rates are, what ending the show will cost in terms of audience. Their move to fire Chris Plante was a classic in management having no clue what the audience wants. WMAL certainly has its audience identified, but do they know what that audience wants?
Silvie, don’t even THINK that.
Due to my commute, I never am able to listen to my favorites (Plante, Rush, Levin). The only WMAL personalities I was able to catch were Grandy & Andy (Nehman is a useless liberal).
I'll continue to download Rush & Levin to my MP3 player...
Curtis & Kuby were #1 in the NYC area two years ago. They canned them and put that idiot Imus in their place. I’d love to know what his ratings are, he’s an old drug addled has been.
I’ve tried to listen but I just can’t.
>> Prediction: theyll replace Grandy & Andy with Joe Scarboro (barf). <<
No, since WMAL has the same ownership as WABC, it probably will be Imus.
My guess is the syndication cost for Imus isn’t as high as the local team.
The problem is that you can’t make enough money in a time slot to pay a guy a living salary. The only way to really make money in radio on talent is if you can syndicate them, or give them enough hours.
I’m waiting to see if they can syndicate Plante.
I guess the suits at WMAL decided to use the Reid / Pelosi marketing strategy.
Laura Ingraham gets on my nerves, though.
Maybe the station is prepping for a more younger audience-oriented program? In which case, I can see Bryan carrying something like a news talk/sports show on WMAL, along with a young gal or guy... their producer Ann Wog is one of the best radio producers in DC... I've heard this from many people...
Luckily for me, Laura doesn’t get on the air until 9:00...
Yeah. She rode my last nerve during the whole Harriet Miers confirmation thing. And now that she's adopted 2 kids, that's all she talks about on-air, kinda like another Kathy Lee Gifford... it's nerve-wracking...
The problem with that strategy though is that the vast bulk of the audience for the 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Andy & Grandy slot are the hundreds of thousands of middle-aged commuters stuck in the DC traffic jam during those hours. A slimmed-down, more hip program will have ZERO appeal.
And if they are thinking about replacing Grandy & Andy with Imus, all I can say to that is that I'll listen to the Grease Man before I ever listen to Imus again.
WMAL Melodrama: Parks Present, Grandy Absent - 4/15/10 - Well, Andy Parks and newsman Bryan Nehman were there today, but Fred Grandy was absent. No more news about yesterday's bombshell that DCRTV first broke about the WMAL "Grandy And Andy" morning team getting "fired." A reliable source told DCRTV that the talk station's owner, Citadel, has set a termination date (we don't know when) for the highly-paid G&A to end their show due to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy-related cutbacks.
And, apparently, the show will continue until then, or until listener reaction forces some sort of change in Citadel's plans.
DCRTV sources tell us that Citadel, which also owns WRQX and WVRX in the DC area, is in serious financial trouble and could soon be selling stations, perhaps all three in DC, and even shutting down some money-losing operations in smaller markets. More as we hear it....
Fred's independently wealthy and does the show because he enjoys it. I would imagine that he would just say screw it and stay home after getting the news yesterday, since what can they do to him?
Silvie, can you post Duckworth's email so that we can right in! I would, but am leaving for work right now.