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WMALís Ham Abruptly Signs Off
FISHBOWLDC ^ | 3/6/12 | Betsy Rothstein

Posted on 03/06/2012 6:05:36 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks

So this is fishy.

WMAL’s Mary Katharine Ham has dropped off the airwaves. According to a letter she posted on her personal blog dated today, she’s elated not to have to wake up so obscenely early. She delicately explains why she and the station are parting ways:

“If you’re a regular listener, you may have noticed I wasn’t on the radio this morning on 105.9 FM WMAL, where I’m wont to be from 5-9 a.m. Alas, I won’t be there anymore, which means I didn’t have to get up at 3 a.m. today (Yay!), but also that I will miss the WMAL crew and my buddies Bryan and Brian who will carry on the morning show without me.

“The folks at the company had a vision for a different, independent role for me at the station, but we just weren’t able to come to an agreement that would make it work, so I’m off to do my other jobs. I’m constantly thankful I have the freedom to make decisions like that, and realize it’s a tremendous blessing to have such options.”

Ham will be on a plethora of Fox News programs this week including on The O’Reilly Factor tonight as well as Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld.


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KEYWORDS: foxnews; marykatharineham; talkradio; wmal
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"The Mall" is the new name of the show? Who comes up with these goofy names?

Good Luck MKH!

1 posted on 03/06/2012 6:05:37 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

WMAL PINGS!


2 posted on 03/06/2012 6:06:43 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Never heard of her. Never heard of WMAL.

Was she a conservative, a liberal, a comedian?


3 posted on 03/06/2012 6:08:14 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: JohnnyZ

Didn’t you have a crush on her?


4 posted on 03/06/2012 6:10:06 AM PST by Tax-chick (Maybe it IS about contraception. Read "Planned Parenthood v. Casey" decision, 1992.)
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To: cuban leaf; SilvieWaldorfMD

She’s a conservative woman. She appears on the O’Reilly factor opposite Juan Williams. Thirtyish attractive woman, she was once honoured by PMSNBC by Keith Overbite as being the worst person of the day.

She took a lot days off in the past 90 days, I guess she just couldn’t get used to getting up at 0330 everyday.


5 posted on 03/06/2012 6:11:51 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: cuban leaf

http://townhall.com/columnists/marykatharineham/

Conservative. Pretty good, all things considered.


6 posted on 03/06/2012 6:12:02 AM PST by Tax-chick (Maybe it IS about contraception. Read "Planned Parenthood v. Casey" decision, 1992.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

7 posted on 03/06/2012 6:13:06 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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To: cuban leaf

8 posted on 03/06/2012 6:14:58 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: Perdogg

My daughters and i ran into her and her husband at the Buzz Bakery in Alexandria one Sunday AM. she is very sweet. I follow her on Twitter also.


9 posted on 03/06/2012 6:15:57 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: Perdogg; cuban leaf

She’s been a routine panelist of late on Fox News’ “Special Report”.


10 posted on 03/06/2012 6:19:24 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

WMAL has a history of “easing” hosts out if there’s too much controversy. Michael Graham was a host a few years ago and when CAIR demanded he be fired, WMAL obliged. They have no back bone. They’re conservative, but only if it doesn’t cause a riff.


11 posted on 03/06/2012 6:21:00 AM PST by albie
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To: Clint N. Suhks

>> So this is fishy. <<

I doubt it. Looks to me like a routine contract dispute. Her agent probably tried to get WMAL to pay her more, and he probably threatened to walk out of the negotiations. The station then called the agent’s bluff, and so he walked. Happens all the time in business, not just in radio. But not to worry, because with her tremendous talent, MKH will do just fine.


12 posted on 03/06/2012 6:24:07 AM PST by Hawthorn
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To: albie

Chris Plante who is on now makes Michael Graham look like piker.

http://www.wmal.com/article.asp?id=632848


13 posted on 03/06/2012 6:24:31 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: xsmommy; SilvieWaldorfMD

I actually enjoyed listening to her on the radio for a while. The problem i have with WMAL in the morning is that there is only about 23 minutes worth a radio show per 60 minutes of air time.


14 posted on 03/06/2012 6:25:27 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: Tax-chick

Didn’t/doesn’t she also post at The Corner? I think that’s where I see her.


15 posted on 03/06/2012 6:26:14 AM PST by Lauren BaRecall (I declare for Santorum)
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To: All

I love the line-up an WMAL but I’m getting tired of the way they treat the talent.
They fired Graham, Core, Grandy and fired Chris Plante a few times. I wish they would figure out what the hell they want to do and do it. The morning drive has been a clusterfluke for a while.


16 posted on 03/06/2012 6:29:25 AM PST by newnhdad (Soylent green is people..)
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To: Hawthorn

I believe you are exactly correct. She’s going to be fine, look for her on Fox News I suspect.


17 posted on 03/06/2012 6:29:39 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Lauren BaRecall

That rings a bell. I see “Corner” items only when they’re linked from FR.


18 posted on 03/06/2012 6:29:40 AM PST by Tax-chick (Maybe it IS about contraception. Read "Planned Parenthood v. Casey" decision, 1992.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Clearly, dumping TV has its drawbacks. But very few.


19 posted on 03/06/2012 6:30:25 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Perdogg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kJTIbZM9Zo

Enjoy!


20 posted on 03/06/2012 6:31:20 AM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: Perdogg

yeah i have XM and cannot handle WMAL bc of the commercials. she is very cute, i feel like i’ve seen her grow up. She spoke at YAF when my daughter attended the conference about 3-4 years ago now. She and her husband just got married this past summer. I don’t think she’s quite 30 yet, i want to say she’s maybe 27-28, but that’s just a guess.


21 posted on 03/06/2012 6:32:49 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: Clint N. Suhks

“Chris Plante who is on now makes Michael Graham look like piker.”

...I never said Graham was any good. On the contrary. He’s a great writer and a so so talk host. But he said some truths about CAIR and pffft.


22 posted on 03/06/2012 6:33:13 AM PST by albie
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To: albie

Who owns WMAL?

My guess is it’s a budget cut by the parent radio group.


23 posted on 03/06/2012 6:39:18 AM PST by King Hawk
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To: USS Alaska

That’s Robin Meade, not MKH.


24 posted on 03/06/2012 6:39:18 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: cuban leaf

A very bright, very pretty, conservative able to debate and win against all the liberals on Fox News Channel.


25 posted on 03/06/2012 6:41:51 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: newnhdad

WMAL carries Rush. I wonder if there is more to follow.


26 posted on 03/06/2012 6:44:34 AM PST by Truth29
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To: albie

I used to listen to Michael Graham when he was on WTNT before he was on WMAL. I even called his show.

My point was Chris Plante is much more controversial about the “troglodytes”, as he calls the CAIR types, than Michael ever was. WMAL has had a change of heart since they knee JERKed Michael off the air.


27 posted on 03/06/2012 6:45:58 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: cuban leaf
Never heard of her

Then you should have, and you will. She is one of the bright young lights of Conservative media. And not to mention kinda cute.
28 posted on 03/06/2012 6:47:58 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Clint N. Suhks
I like her. I'd say she is a Conservative leaning Moderate.
She needs to butch up. O’Reilly interrupts her and talks over her all the time. She needs to put BOR in his place once in a while. She needs to be more assertive.
29 posted on 03/06/2012 6:48:08 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: xsmommy; mickie; flaglady47; Bizzy Bugz
Southern belle Mary Katharine Ham was born in Montgomery, Alabama on April 5, 1980....making her 32 years old.

She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia.

Good for her.....one doesn't have much of a life when you have to get up at 3 AM to go to work....especially when you have the option of other employment gigs that keep the grits and butter on the table.

She does a nice job on the Factor.....when the Bloviator doesn't overtalk her or step all over her lines.

Leni

30 posted on 03/06/2012 6:49:19 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Hawthorn
The station then called the agent’s bluff, and so he walked.

Then it wasn't a bluff, after all.
31 posted on 03/06/2012 6:51:54 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: USS Alaska

A pleasant mistake Alaska! A gorgeous Ohio gal, for sure!!


32 posted on 03/06/2012 6:53:25 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I don’t do TV. Haven’t for 15 years now. That’s probably why I never heard of her.

I have now, though.


33 posted on 03/06/2012 6:55:00 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: faucetman

I quit watching the pervert Bill O’Really when he lied on air about FreeRepublic being racist.

He sure does surround himself with attractive conservative women like Katherine, Megyn and Laura. eww...


34 posted on 03/06/2012 6:55:16 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Perdogg
she was once honoured by PMSNBC by Keith Overbite as being the worst person of the day.

Reason enough to love her!

35 posted on 03/06/2012 7:08:32 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: USS Alaska; PapaBear3625

Mmmmmmm....Ham.


36 posted on 03/06/2012 7:17:00 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: MinuteGal

well then, she’s lucky not to look her age ; )


37 posted on 03/06/2012 7:21:00 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: Dr. Sivana

They should have had Obama in the negotiations. He told Republicans last year “don’t call my bluff” during debt ceiling negotiations, and put the fear of God into the GOP.

And recently, Obama said he doesn’t bluff, as talk of what to do about Iran had happened.

You want tough negotiating, Obama’s your man.


38 posted on 03/06/2012 7:55:47 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: USS Alaska

My my my........


39 posted on 03/06/2012 8:41:10 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: Dr. Sivana
>> Then it wasn't a bluff, after all. <<

Well yeah, you're correct in one sense:

Ex post, we can say it wasn't a bluff. But -- and here's the critical component -- WMAL wouldn't have knownAs I have always understood the term, and as most dictionaries seem to define it, "calling a bluff" means to make somebody prove if he is serious about a threat -- WHETHER OR NOT the threat is real.

In other words, you "call the bluff" precisely to find out if the other side is bluffing or not.

Or, ex post doesn't equate to ex facto, as we used to say in my logic class. Or was it my Latin class? Can't really recall!

40 posted on 03/06/2012 9:19:46 AM PST by Hawthorn
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To: Clint N. Suhks; Perdogg

Meh.

She was a great analyst, but not radio material. She flubbed her lines a lot and was awful in the machinations of carrying a radio show (weather, traffic, radio call letters).

I wish her well, though. Her ‘niche’ seems to be writing and TV appearances.

Good Luck with your future endeavors, MK!!


41 posted on 03/06/2012 9:23:40 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: Clint N. Suhks; Perdogg

Meh.

She was a great analyst, but not radio material. She flubbed her lines a lot and was awful in the machinations of carrying a radio show (weather, traffic, radio call letters).

I wish her well, though. Her ‘niche’ seems to be writing and TV appearances.

Good Luck with your future endeavors, MK!!


42 posted on 03/06/2012 9:23:45 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: Hawthorn

Well put. English is a fun language.


43 posted on 03/06/2012 9:34:58 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I wonder if Mary Katherine’s parents were even slightly tempted to name her Virginia?


44 posted on 03/06/2012 9:38:07 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: cuban leaf

She’s also one of the “young guns” who make regular appearances on the Hugh Hewitt show. (Can you make an appearance on the radio?)


45 posted on 03/06/2012 9:41:55 AM PST by Ranald S. MacKenzie (It's the philosophy, stupid.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

More like the ‘Maul’....


46 posted on 03/06/2012 10:00:21 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: faucetman
O'Reilly interrupts her and talks over her all the time.

BOR does that to all his guests...even after telling them "I'll let you have the last word."

Don't know why he bothers to have guests at all.

47 posted on 03/06/2012 10:06:57 AM PST by Churchillspirit
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To: Truth29

I foresee a left turn if Obama gets reelected.


48 posted on 03/06/2012 10:07:47 AM PST by newnhdad (Soylent green is people..)
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To: Tax-chick

Didja see the video she made a few years ago when she pretended to drop a puppy off a high-story balcony? I laughed at the video for a week.


49 posted on 03/06/2012 10:20:20 AM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: Cyber Liberty

No, I missed that. (And JohnnyZ didn’t have a crush on her - it must have been one of the other NC guys.)


50 posted on 03/06/2012 10:25:02 AM PST by Tax-chick (Maybe it IS about contraception. Read "Planned Parenthood v. Casey" decision, 1992.)
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