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630 WMAL's Grandy & Andy FIRED -- Bryan Nehman reportedly spared.
FishbowlDC ^ | 4/14/10 | Betsy Rothstein

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.


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Oh boy.
1 posted on 04/14/2010 2:36:35 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: Admin Moderator

Title Change:

Please change to “WMAL” and not “WMMAL”.

Thank you.


2 posted on 04/14/2010 2:37:37 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: kburi; sofaman; BufordP; SE Mom; armymarinemom; HokieMom; MarineMom613; Tennessee Nana; ...

630 WMAL PING LIST!


3 posted on 04/14/2010 2:38:25 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

wow


4 posted on 04/14/2010 2:38:49 PM PDT by Perdogg (Nancy Pelosi did more damage to America on 03/21 than Al Qaeda did on 09/11)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

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).


5 posted on 04/14/2010 2:42:02 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Wow!


6 posted on 04/14/2010 2:42:02 PM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come. Judgment Day: Nov 2, 2010)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

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.


7 posted on 04/14/2010 2:44:54 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

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.


8 posted on 04/14/2010 2:45:25 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

1. Load gun.
2. Take careful aim at a foot.
3. Squeeze trigger.
4. Repeat Steps 1–3 for other foot.


9 posted on 04/14/2010 2:45:50 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Holy Crap.

What did Duckworth know and when did he know it.


10 posted on 04/14/2010 2:46:43 PM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: COBOL2Java

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.


11 posted on 04/14/2010 2:47:03 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Maybe the WMAL suits will confer with Rahm Emanuel to find an “acceptable” replacement.


12 posted on 04/14/2010 2:51:17 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

OH NOOOOOOO


13 posted on 04/14/2010 2:54:46 PM PDT by silverleaf (Karl Marx was NOT one of America's Founding Fathers)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Guess it’s time to check out the other talk stations in DC.


14 posted on 04/14/2010 2:56:28 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: silverleaf

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....


15 posted on 04/14/2010 2:57:41 PM PDT by IGOTMINE (1911s FOREVER!)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

It figures they’d keep Nehman; he’s the liberal one.


16 posted on 04/14/2010 2:58:39 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Madness. Did they learn nothing from the Chris Plante debacle?


17 posted on 04/14/2010 3:02:07 PM PDT by ottbmare (I could agree wth you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
As long as Chris Plante, Rush, Sean, and Mark stay on as murders' row, I can live with it.
18 posted on 04/14/2010 3:03:56 PM PDT by kabar
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

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.


19 posted on 04/14/2010 3:06:55 PM PDT by EverOnward
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To: COBOL2Java

IF THEY PLACE JOE SCARBOROUGH’S SHOW AGAIN ON THAT STATION, I SWEAR I’LL LIGHT MY HAIR ON FIRE!!


20 posted on 04/14/2010 3:13:14 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

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!”


21 posted on 04/14/2010 3:28:31 PM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: COBOL2Java

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!


22 posted on 04/14/2010 3:30:03 PM PDT by Cathy
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To: COBOL2Java
Prediction: they’ll replace Grandy & Andy with Joe Scarboro (barf).

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 ...

23 posted on 04/14/2010 3:34:58 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Die, corporate scum.

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


25 posted on 04/14/2010 4:04:05 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I am Ellie Light. I hate slow drivers.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

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.


26 posted on 04/14/2010 4:14:42 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Fred should move back to Iowa and run for Governor. Or US Senate to replace DungHeap Harkin.


27 posted on 04/14/2010 4:17:57 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

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...


28 posted on 04/14/2010 4:19:57 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Audit the FED NOW!)
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To: EDINVA

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.


29 posted on 04/14/2010 4:22:05 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Lmo56

Behind the face of that actor lies the black heart of a rabid rat.

LLS


30 posted on 04/14/2010 4:25:19 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: EDINVA

Strange...maybe we’ll be hearing Imus in the Morning?


31 posted on 04/14/2010 4:25:35 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

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.


32 posted on 04/14/2010 4:31:19 PM PDT by hoagy62 (.)
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To: DCPatriot; EDINVA

If we get Imus, I will SCREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!


33 posted on 04/14/2010 4:44:07 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: jimfree
Yeah, Fred is brilliant. Not only that, but he maintains most of his old congressional contacts and offers some very sharp political analysis based on his own experience.

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.

34 posted on 04/14/2010 4:45:11 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

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?


35 posted on 04/14/2010 4:59:48 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Silvie, don’t even THINK that.


36 posted on 04/14/2010 5:01:26 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
Looks like my new home is WTNT AM 570...

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...

37 posted on 04/14/2010 5:10:19 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: centurion316

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.


38 posted on 04/14/2010 5:11:52 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Audit the FED NOW!)
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To: COBOL2Java

>> Prediction: they’ll replace Grandy & Andy with Joe Scarboro (barf). <<

No, since WMAL has the same ownership as WABC, it probably will be Imus.


39 posted on 04/14/2010 5:17:11 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

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.


40 posted on 04/14/2010 5:27:04 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: EDINVA
WMAL certainly has its audience identified, but do they know what that audience wants?

I guess the suits at WMAL decided to use the Reid / Pelosi marketing strategy.

41 posted on 04/14/2010 5:28:05 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Laura Ingraham gets on my nerves, though.


42 posted on 04/14/2010 5:29:28 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: EverOnward
Nehman isn’t wet behind the ears yet and isn’t strong enough to hold me as a listener.

Disagree.

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...

43 posted on 04/14/2010 5:31:54 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Luckily for me, Laura doesn’t get on the air until 9:00...


44 posted on 04/14/2010 5:50:04 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: COBOL2Java
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...

45 posted on 04/14/2010 5:54:08 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
To drop them would be a drastic mistake on management's part. I hope they rethink and keep them. I usually listen to Christian radio, WGTS in the morning, but if I need information, it's Andy and Grandy.
46 posted on 04/14/2010 6:28:08 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Whoa.


47 posted on 04/14/2010 8:01:17 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
Maybe the station is prepping for a more younger audience-oriented program?

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.

48 posted on 04/15/2010 4:10:10 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: kburi; sofaman; BufordP; SE Mom; armymarinemom; HokieMom; MarineMom613; Tennessee Nana; ...
READ THE BOLD SECTION IN THE BELOW PARAGRAPH FROM DCRTV.COM --- LET'S START SENDING E-MAILS TO THE STATION, PEOPLE!

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....

49 posted on 04/15/2010 4:19:22 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD; All
Yeah, we all did force them pretty much to drop Joe Scarborough and bring back Chris Plante.

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.

50 posted on 04/15/2010 4:23:34 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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