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WABC fires John Gambling, brings in Sliwa (WABC-AM - NYC & Metropolitan area)
NY DAILY NEWS ^ | March 1st 2008 | DAVID HINCKLEY

Posted on 03/03/2008 9:59:39 AM PST by neverdem

John Gambling

John Gambling

City radio veteran John Gambling is out - and Curtis Sliwa is in.

Gambling was fired from WABC, a victim of hard times at the station's parent company, Citadel Broadcasting.

Sliwa will get Gambling's 10 a.m. slot starting Monday. Also out is WPLJ afternoon host Rocky Allen.

Further changes seemed imminent following a scorched-earth fourth quarter financial report from Citadel CEO Farid Suleman.

There was no official announcement from WABC or Citadel that Gambling and newsman George Weber were dismissed, but company sources confirmed it. They said Sliwa will take over Gambling's 10-11:45 a.m. slot.

That's a prominent position on the station because Mayor Bloomberg is a live guest on the show every Friday. It was not immediately clear if Sliwa will host the mayoral segment.

Asked for comment, Bloomberg spokesman John Gallagher said: "The mayor thinks John Gambling is a class act and enjoyed spending Friday mornings with him."

Gambling and Weber were just two of numerous employees Citadel fired in several cities Friday. Citadel bought WABC (770 AM), WPLJ (95.5 FM) and most of Disney's other radio stations last year.

"The fourth quarter and the year was difficult for the broadcasting industry and the company," Suleman said in his year-end conference call. "The performance of the larger-market radio stations acquired in the ABC merger was particularly disappointing."

Suleman said he remained confident about long-term prospects, but promised "a major restructuring of these stations to both improve short-term profitability as well as position them for future growth."

Suleman's remarks seemed to place WPLJ on the firing line.

He said rival station WWFS (102.7 FM, "Fresh"), which began playing some of the same music as WPLJ last year, had delivered a devastating blow to WPLJ's advertising revenues.

Cash flow was "down over 50% on a 70% decline in revenues," he said.

WPLJ has long had modest ratings, but made a lot of money because it is popular with the "soccer moms" whom advertisers love to reach.

WPLJ was "totally repositioned because there was a void in our music programming, and 'Fresh' came in and provided a real good format alternative for people to go, all day," Suleman said. "We allowed that to happen. We're not going to do that going forward."

Reports that Sliwa would get Gambling's WABC slot began to surface last fall after WABC hired Don Imus for the morning show, displacing Sliwa and Ron Kuby.

Sliwa was kept on the payroll, reinforcing his image as WABC's ultimate survivor.

Gambling's ratings were solid, but he was vulnerable because he was the only purely local host in WABC's daytime lineup. The rest are syndicated national hosts who are harder to remove.

dhinckley@nydailynews.com


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: citadel; citadelbloodbath; johngambling; layoffs; sliwa; talkradio; wabc; wabcam
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1 posted on 03/03/2008 9:59:40 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

John Gambling is a class act and should land on his feet.


2 posted on 03/03/2008 10:04:47 AM PST by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: neverdem

gambling was such a moderate republican he made me sick...his POV, that it was correct to fire that other radio talk show go who breathed the horrid name HUSSEIN talking about Obama proved him to be NOWHERE.....


3 posted on 03/03/2008 10:04:54 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: neverdem
WPLJ

White Port & Lemon Juice?

4 posted on 03/03/2008 10:05:01 AM PST by Slump Tester (Only CINOs and democRATs knowingly and willingly vote for RINOs!)
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To: neverdem

No offense to Mr. Gambling, but . . .

YES!!!


5 posted on 03/03/2008 10:05:30 AM PST by Petronski (Nice job, Hillary. Now go home and get your shine box.)
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To: neverdem

He’ll get hired again somewhere. People have been listening to him and his family for generations.


6 posted on 03/03/2008 10:05:45 AM PST by plan2succeed.org (www.SafeLibraries.org)
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To: Slump Tester
White Port & Lemon Juice?

Frank Zappa, or the 4 Deuces version?

7 posted on 03/03/2008 10:08:15 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: neverdem
For the last few years, WABC has been my online radio from the US. So many stations will no longer stream to IPs outside of the US and I don’t care to use a proxy if I can help it.

I have liked WABC.. I get Laura at 6 AM here, and Kook to Kook from 7 to 11 AM.
Imus is now hosted by WABC..I just as soon he dry up and blow away.. I can take only so many pandering “ He/she is such a great guy...I just love em to death” (barf)
Of course, I use WABC mostly for Rush.
I liked Gambling and will miss him, but I also like Curtis.

Except for Imus, the station has a good conservative line-up.

8 posted on 03/03/2008 10:12:21 AM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia. Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: neverdem

Heard Sliwa doing the 5 - 6 AM show before Imus.

Wondered what slot he was waiting around for.


9 posted on 03/03/2008 10:14:23 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: neverdem
The hard times at Citadel Broadcasting will continue! I refuse to listen to WABC and haven’t done so for the past three months. Imus is a horses a$$ & Curtis is obnoxious, when flying solo. I’ll continue to listen to Rush & Mark Levin online.
10 posted on 03/03/2008 10:14:43 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Vote Obama! And we'll be picking shrapnel out of our butts for decades!)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

He’s horrible in the AM. I liked him better, paired with Kuby.


11 posted on 03/03/2008 10:15:52 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Vote Obama! And we'll be picking shrapnel out of our butts for decades!)
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To: plan2succeed.org

I grew up in NYC listening to Rambling With Gambling.


12 posted on 03/03/2008 10:17:26 AM PST by Alice in Wonderland (4-hshootingsports.org)
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To: neverdem

Jeez, trading a bright, connected, right thinking class act for Slip Mahoney!


13 posted on 03/03/2008 10:19:12 AM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: AlexW

I miss the dynamic duo of Curtis & Koby. Imus is horrible...he mutters, mumbles, & coughs incessantly. I shut him off & turn it on when Rush comes on!


14 posted on 03/03/2008 10:22:47 AM PST by FES0844 (FES0844)
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To: Slump Tester

I say WPLJ, it really tastes good to me
WPLJ won’t you take a drink with me
Well, it’s a good good wine
It really makes me feel so fine, so fine, so fine, so fine

I went to the store when they open up the door
I said: “Please please please gimme some more”
White port & lemon juice, white port & lemon juice,
White port & lemon juice, ooh what a good to you!

You take the bottle, you take the can, shake it up fine
You get a good good wine.
White port & lemon juice, white port & lemon juice,
White port & lemon juice, ooh what a good to you!

The W is the white, the P is the port
The L is the lemon, the J is the juice
White port & lemon juice, white port & lemon juice,
White port & lemon juice, ooh what a good to you!

Well I feel so good, I feel so fine
I got plenty of lemon, I got plenty of wine
White port & lemon juice, white port & lemon juice,
I said white port & lemon juice, ooh what a good to you!


15 posted on 03/03/2008 10:25:12 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Alice in Wonderland

I also listened to Rambling With Gambling growing up. Also listend to Jack Sterling.


16 posted on 03/03/2008 10:25:19 AM PST by MacArthur
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Hey Silvie, more Citadel firings...


17 posted on 03/03/2008 10:28:04 AM PST by COBOL2Java ("McCain is a war hero. He's also a useful idiot for the Democrats." - Mark Levin)
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To: wtc911

"He better have his eyes examined by an Octopus".

18 posted on 03/03/2008 10:28:09 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: MacArthur

When I was a young child, I remember my Mom turning to “Rambling with Gambling” on the kitchen radio.

Some things just stick in your mind. I have no memory of anything else she listened to.


19 posted on 03/03/2008 10:30:14 AM PST by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: Vaquero
Lol - I'd forgotten about the Four Deuces.

I was thinking of FZ.

20 posted on 03/03/2008 10:30:31 AM PST by Slump Tester (Only CINOs and democRATs knowingly and willingly vote for RINOs!)
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To: neverdem
WOR should correct their mistake and pick up Gambling again and re-institute the old "Rambling With Gambling" show, even if it's in a different slot.

Sorry to hear about George Weber, but he might've guessed it was coming since the Imus program has its own newsguy, so Weber's hours were severely cut back.

Curtis w/o Kuby to balance him out can sometimes really veer off into looney-kazooney territory.

I have NEVER cared for Rocky Allen or his "show-gram". They'd be better off with music in the afternoon. I scan the dials when ABC is on one of its 10-minute commercial breaks (and no one interesting is on WOR either) and I rarely stop on PLJ in the afternoon.

21 posted on 03/03/2008 10:33:38 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (Any Monday you can walk away from is a good one)
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To: nutmeg
FWI, You were asking about Curtis Sliwa before.

Looks like he got a decent gig.

I always liked him.

22 posted on 03/03/2008 10:34:27 AM PST by dinasour
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To: neverdem
They couldn't find anyone better than Sliwa??? — I hate those little “moola smoola” rhymes and bad analogies that guy puts forth. And speaking of WABC, what’s up with Bob Grant on a 8pm? He is sounding more and more like a grumpy old man sitting on his front porch yelling at those damn kids to get off his lawn. Maybe he should do some guest spots, but that’s about it.

Rush, Sean, Monica, Laura, Mark Levin and Mark Simone are the best on the WABC. I even like Andrew Wilkow when he does guest spots.

23 posted on 03/03/2008 10:34:48 AM PST by Londo Molari
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

I agree - I was a loyal WABC listener, but this Imus thing has really ruined my mornings. I am proud to say that I have not heard more than one second - literally - of Imus on WABC, and that was by mistake. And now Gambling is gone? Awful.

I hated Ron Kuby’s views but Curtis without Kuby is a bore. (And Curtis seemed all too happy to get rid of him, although i assume he had no choice and was just making the best of the situation in which he found himself.) No wonder the station lost money - they paid Imus a mint and lost listeners!

Actually, WOR has a decent morning show, and Steve Malzberg in the afternoons. Michael Savage also, although I’m more of a Mark Levin fan.

Yes, the station will probably have more problems - it’ll get worse before it gets better, if ever.


24 posted on 03/03/2008 10:34:58 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: Tanniker Smith

I agree with much of what you said, but I’d try Steve Malzberg, on WOR from 4 to 6 pm.


25 posted on 03/03/2008 10:36:38 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: Londo Molari

I can’t imagine they’d keep Sliwa and fire Gambling. Maybe no one is listening in that time slot anyway and Curtis works cheap. I dunno.


26 posted on 03/03/2008 10:37:36 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

“I liked him better, paired with Kuby.”

I’m sooooo bereft without Curtis & Kuby and their whole gang. I can’t believe how much fun it would have been listening to them during the slug fest the dems are having. Hey, the slug fest on our side too.

To me this is somewhat good news, at least I’ll have something to listen to when I get to work. Still don’t know what to do between 6 and 10, that’s for sure.

I may try and tune in William Bennet on the computer, I think I can do that since we have Sirius in the car.


27 posted on 03/03/2008 10:40:20 AM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - now completely confused)
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To: dinasour
Thanks for the ping, FRiend.

I don't know much about John Gambling, but good for Curtis! Hope his new show is a success.

28 posted on 03/03/2008 10:42:42 AM PST by nutmeg (Obama supporters: Drink the Kool-Aid? Yes we can!)
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To: neverdem

I never cared for Gambling. He is a “Bloomberg Republican”.
In other words...a fence sitter.


29 posted on 03/03/2008 10:44:45 AM PST by JerseyDvl (If You Support America - Thank a Soldier; If You Support Al-Qaeda - Thank a Democrat!)
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To: cvq3842
I agree on everything except on one point, I tried listening to WOR's morning show, for lack of anything else. I can't stand Donna Hanover, she put's me back to sleep!

btw I couldn't stand her when she was NYC's First Lady either.:0)

I now tune into NJ 101.5, it's better than nothing and at times, it get's the blood boiling.

30 posted on 03/03/2008 10:46:01 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Vote Obama! And we'll be picking shrapnel out of our butts for decades!)
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To: neverdem

Limbo, Savage, Gambling, do these radio hosts have real names?


31 posted on 03/03/2008 10:46:05 AM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: I still care

Heh. Strange kind of old alumni association!
Waking up and breakfasting to John Gambling the Elder
was an invariable weekday routine.

Long gone and far gone from NYC, gratefully.
Say, do you guys remember what a lucifer was
... and a fag, for that matter, when it was nothing like today’s?
Or John, Jr. coming on the air for experience when he’d be home
from Dartmouth on vacations?
Good times ... i s’pose.


32 posted on 03/03/2008 10:47:36 AM PST by Eleutherios
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To: JerseyDvl
I never cared for Gambling. He is a “Bloomberg Republican”. In other words...a fence sitter.

People forget, during the darkest days of the Clinton years, Sliwa became a Clinton defender.

33 posted on 03/03/2008 11:01:09 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: FreeReign

I suppose skirt-chasers rally to each others defense despite differences.
How else to explain that?


34 posted on 03/03/2008 11:17:10 AM PST by JerseyDvl (If You Support America - Thank a Soldier; If You Support Al-Qaeda - Thank a Democrat!)
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To: Dahoser

I listened to Gambling every day EXCEPT when Bloomberg was on each Friday. Then I tuned away. Bloomberg’s voice is unbearable, the ultimate nebbish whine.


35 posted on 03/03/2008 11:21:35 AM PST by AdaGray
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To: COBOL2Java

Thanks, C. What a bloodbath!


36 posted on 03/03/2008 11:21:48 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (Obamanation = Abomination)
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To: Dahoser

I listened to Gambling every day EXCEPT when Bloomberg was on each Friday. Then I tuned away. Bloomberg’s voice is unbearable, the ultimate nebbish whine.


37 posted on 03/03/2008 11:21:50 AM PST by AdaGray
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To: Dahoser

Maybe if Citadel hadn’t spent ten million on a mummy like Imus they wouldn’t be in this cash flow situation. When Imus tanks or ends up in an oxygen tent in six months Citadel will be the illustration in the dictionary for bad business decision.


38 posted on 03/03/2008 11:24:22 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: Slump Tester

Only one in a thousand New Yorkers know that. My compliments!


39 posted on 03/03/2008 11:25:17 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: AdaGray

“Bloomberg’s voice is unbearable, the ultimate nebbish whine.”

Kinda like Liberace’s, but with a severe nasal congestion...


40 posted on 03/03/2008 11:42:22 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (Obamanation = Abomination)
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To: cvq3842

I LOOOOOOOVVVEEEE Malzberg! He’s great!


41 posted on 03/03/2008 11:44:09 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (Obamanation = Abomination)
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To: Petronski

Never heard him.Did you get him up there?


42 posted on 03/03/2008 11:46:41 AM PST by fatima
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To: neverdem

They should get rid of Imus and that old fart Bob Grant. I stopped listening to WABC Radio in December when Imus was brought in to replace Curtis & Kuby and Bob Grant was put in after Mark Levin. I can’t stand either Imus nor Grant.

Now I listen to Sirius Satellite Radio Patriot 144. Bill Bennett in the mornings. Probably the best morning political show on the air. I also get Rush Limbaugh’s podcasts so I hear El Rushbo when I am walking about on my commute to and from the office and the car.

John Gambling was thoughtful and very good for mornings. He will be missed.

I hope Citadel Broadcasting dies a slow death from ineptitude.


43 posted on 03/03/2008 11:49:57 AM PST by kevinm13 (The Main Stream Media is dead! Fox News Channel, FreeRepublic and pookie18 Rocks!)
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To: kevinm13

Wish WABC would put Laura in the 8-11 slot. I hated when they put her in 8-10 and cut an hour...but having the full three hours from 10-1am doesn’t help me much either.


44 posted on 03/03/2008 11:55:20 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: xkaydet65
Actually I'm from Ohio.

I gathered that bit of culture from an old Frank Zappa doo-wop album from the early 70's. I always liked that song.

45 posted on 03/03/2008 12:08:12 PM PST by Slump Tester (Only CINOs and democRATs knowingly and willingly vote for RINOs!)
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To: AdaGray

I know exactly what you mean having had the misfortune to hear him speak in person. Cannot understand how anyone thinks Bloomberg has any chance of being President.


46 posted on 03/03/2008 12:52:10 PM PST by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: xkaydet65

I totally agree. Imus is done. He was fine on the FAN, but that should have been it. Of course, I haven’t seen his ratings since he came back, so I don’t really know how good or bad it is. However, as you pointed out, the money they paid is probably a bad idea.


47 posted on 03/03/2008 12:55:59 PM PST by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: fatima

No, but on my jaunts to WABC, he was the one on between Sliwa and Limbaugh.


48 posted on 03/03/2008 1:18:42 PM PST by Petronski (Nice job, Hillary. Now go home and get your shine box.)
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To: fatima

I mean, in my jaunts to NYC...


49 posted on 03/03/2008 1:19:20 PM PST by Petronski (Nice job, Hillary. Now go home and get your shine box.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

I love Laura Ingram. She should be in the 8-11 PM time slot.

I only listen to the radio when I am in the car, so I rarely get to hear her on WABC Radio.


50 posted on 03/03/2008 1:53:43 PM PST by kevinm13 (The Main Stream Media is dead! Fox News Channel, FreeRepublic and pookie18 Rocks!)
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