Skip to comments.Limbaugh to Leave AM Station in Philadelphia
Posted on 04/10/2012 12:55:01 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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However, it does seem like an amazing coinkydink that a conservative talk show host is being replaced by a liberal one (and an Obama supporter) a mere seven months before election....and in one of the key battleground states where Obama needs all the help he can get.
Rush's fans may very well follow him from AM to FR, but Smerconish appears to have at least some measure of fans and influence from what I read.
I hear you on that. Nothing worse than driving along and having Rush bumped by a ball game.
WRKO always did that when I traveled New England. I would pray for rain so I could hear Rush.
Rush has been strategically repositioning himself onto FM signals whenever they are available. The press is trying to spin this as a loss or a setback, whereas I’m sure it is part of a planned strategy.
Yes... I remember the blues.
I can’t stand Smerconish, from the same law firm as snarlin Arlen. seems like he’s a guest on the show every month. Smerc lost me totally when he went in the tank for 0bama...
Thanks for the tip. Way too many times, Rush’s show gets pre-empted with baseball, so I tune to 770 and bear with the static. I’ll hope the reception is better and the interruptions fewer. And that Smerconish loses to Huckabee.
Orlando powerhouse WDBO AM moved many of their talk shows to 96.5 FM, formerly a great classic rock station with a huge footprint. However, Rush is NOT on 96.5 simply because the better FM signal would have been in direct competition with several AM stations carrying Rush outside of the metro Orlando area (e.g. WMMB in Melbourne).
Rush will do just fine and if the NYT thinks the audience won't follow they haven't got a clue.
Yes and liberals/moderates I know seem to like Smerconish.
In Boston he airs on Greater Media’s WTKK 96.9...the connection is that a woman named Grace Blazer got him started in talk radio at WPHT then she wound up as prog. dir. at WTKK
and she eagerly signed the station up to carry his show.
Or is Smerconish one of those hosts who just agrees with everything every caller says?
On the political spectrum, is he closer to Al Sharpton or Rush Limbaugh?
Why doesn't WPPPPHHHHT replace Limbaugh with NPR?
AM radio by the way can be affected by such things as having to point the signal away from another station to avoid interference (some FMs are directional too). In Boston AM 1200 has to point the signal from the Newton transmitter due east after dark (as it turns out, toward Boston itself) to avoid other signals on the same frequency. WRKO AM 680 in Boston has to point the signal north and south after dark to avoid stations in Toronto, Baltimore, Binghamton, Raleigh, etc.
Rush should do fine. I did a yahoo search about WPHT dropping him; Daily Kos was ecstatic (and there was at least one site urging WPHT to drop Rush--they got their wish but he'll wind up on a powerful new FM station)
And speaking of power, Rush's new FM station in Fargo is a mere 96,000 watts!
LOL! Now we have the “Moderate” option.......Like Huckabee is not “Moderate”. That market is already dead and they will learn that the hard way. Conservatives are what resurrected Conservative talk radio, and are the only ones who care enough to actually listen and support the stations that air it.
Moderates are brain dead and watch Oprah and Phil Donahue for their political and mental “stimulation”
In any case Rush will be heard by the people who want to hear him, and will continue to make oodles of money, as will the station he is transferring to, whomever that is.
The station he's leaving, well, good luck to them. It is possible to make money without airing Rush's show. But it is more difficult.
I listen to Rush on 580AM in the Philly area.
I listen to Rush on 580AM in the Philly area(Chester County).....comes in clear.
The only losers here are the salespeople for WPPPPHHHHTTT!
WPHT is owned by CBS, which does have some noted news or talk stations in different cities. Yeah, at this rate you’d think they’d pick up NPR but they allegedly want to make money.
(Not from taxpayer funding... :))
In Boston CBS’ WBZ is a powerful all-news station by day but then goes to talk with conservative Dan Rea followed by
liberal leaning Steve Leveille overnight. I’m not sure
if CBS is known for liberal talk, maybe some conservative.
(In many places they are doing well with sports, like
WBZ’s FM sister station in Boston)
Smerc. is said to be a moderate—went for Obama in 08 though was said to be conservative leaning before that.
Entercom, owner of WRKO and sports WEEI, shifted the Sox to WEEI (and started to simulcast WEEI on FM) to better
compete against a new FM sports station in town. Thus probably no Sox pre-emptions on RKO, but sometimes there
are conflicts. Tonight for example while EEI has Sox-Blue
Jays, the Celtics are bumped to RKO with coverage starting
at 6:30 pm. Thus Howie Carr’s flagship has to bail out
at 6:30 (you’d think they’d put the Celts on WEEI AM
and Sox on WEEI FM but they’d rather have Sox on both...
similar conflicts may land some Sox night games on WRKO
while WEEI carries Celts playoff games)
There are some day games this time of year—Sox are
at 12:30 pm tomorrow, for example. Also some stations
like WVMT in Burlington VT are subject to sports
pre-emptions, in their case the Yankees.
Yes, I can visualize it now...nearly all of Philadelphia literally shuts down as families huddle around their AM radios in anticipation of what Michael Smerconish has to say./s
Talk radio does tend to work best with hosts who are solid conservative or, God help us, solid liberal. Moderates don’t cut it as much. Admittedly the slogan for talk host Alan
Nathan— “we want the Republicans out of our bedrooms, the
Democrats out of our wallets, and BOTH away from our First and Second Amendment Rights!” may appeal to moderates or
libertarians (Dennis Miller is the same way, liberal
on social issues—though he does half decent and may be exception to the rule).
But you’ll note Alan Nathan’s moderate stance means he’s
fairly unknown. (He also is nicknamed The Militant Moderate.)
I’ll bring up again that in liberal Boston the successful talk hosts tend to be conservative and the only reason
libtalk (commercial) is on in Boston is because someone
PAYS a station to have it put on. (Though admittedly
WTKK does have a couple moderates: Jim and Margery,
He sets my teeth on edge. No 'there' there.
Do you mean 94.7 out of Newark? Looked up on Wikipedia
and saw the following info:
>>On January 6, 2012, Family Stations applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to change the license of WFME from noncommercial to commercial. This move followed the sales by Family Radio of stations in the Philadelphia (WKDN) and Washington-Baltimore (WFSI, now WLZL) markets, and quickly prompted conjecture from radio industry monitors that WFME would be sold next.] The application was approved on February 7, 2012.
WFME’s programming was also heard on two translator stations: W213AC (90.5 FM) in Hyde Park, New York; and W247AE (97.3 FM) in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. As a result of the license status change, the translators can no longer legally rebroadcast WFME’s broadcast signal and as a result both translator stations are currently silent of February 2012.
Oh: and this radio-info.com thread said WFME is being
more this time from Radio Ink
>>Does Randy Have A Conservative Trifecta Plan For Philadelphia?
>>Much is being speculated about what Randy Michaels plans to do at WKDN-FM (106.9) in Philadelphia, especially after the announcement that CBS owned WPHT-AM lost Rush Limbaugh. Most syndicated agreements with affiliates include a 90-day opt-out and it appears that’s what happened at WPHT. The CBS Corporate office provided Radio Ink with this statement last night, “Premiere recently notified WPHT they will be syndicating Rush Limbaugh on a new station in Philadelphia. As a result, we are pleased to be able to now showcase Michael, who is a well-known and acclaimed broadcaster in Philadelphia, in this new time period.” When Smerconish is moved to the new time period is “to be determined.”
>>Smerconish was already airing on WPHT after Rush’s program. It’s also important to note that both Sean Hannity and Glen Beck are not on in Philadelphia. Both left the market in late 2010. A likely scenario for WKDN-FM, following a local morning show, could be for Michaels to land the conservative trifecta of Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck on his Philly FM. The move puts Limbaugh on an FM signal in Philadelphia which, little by little, is where a lot of news and talk stations are migrating to try to draw in the younger demos. This also guarantees the show would not be bumped by any Philadelphia Phillies games.
Michaels would only say to us last night that more details about the station would be coming “soon.”
Smerkonish and his crew bash Christianity and are left wing hacks. I used to listen to him, but he is like listening to a rational and calm Ed Schultz. He’s a Philadelphia lawyer...what else is there to say?
Radio, much like tv and newspapers, better wise up. I now get my Rush on-line at work and through my car’s console computer. Keep playing games and many such as myself will go on-line permanently.
I glanced down the replies, but didn’t see that anyone else noted Rush is returning to his perch on FM. He used to be carried by WWDB-FM 96.5 until they got bought out and flipped to music; the line-up of WWDB moved over to WHTP thereafter. Hope WKDN builds itself up as the area’s Conservative Talker.
I can’t stand that phony Smerconish. He presents himself as a principled moderate free from the “crazy” positions of the “extreme” wing of the Republican party, even though I don’t hear him denouncing any Democrats in similar terms.
He always frames his political segments in ways that can only hurt Republicans, while of course presenting himself as an honest broker. His standard political segment runs something like this:
MS: Our question today is: Do Republicans kick dogs? As usual, we present both sides of the story and let you decide. Bring on our guests.
Democrat shill: Well, at this point it’s well known to everyone that Republicans do kick dogs.
Token Republican: No, Republicans do not kick dogs.
MS: Well, there you have it. Let’s see what the listeners think.
Caller: Hey Michael, Andrew Breitbart has video of a Democrat kicking a dog...
MS (furiously) DON’T CHANGE THE SUBJECT!!!
Thanks! Yes, WFME was the station I was thinking of.
Kinda strange but even though Harold Camping used to bash Catholics on occasion, I still enjoyed listening to the Open Forum. Too bad he let hubris get to him.
So it looks like it’s going sports. WABC will continue to rule the AM airwaves. What’s nice is that WABC is broadcast on FM95.5 HD3 so the signal is nice and clear in the suburbs. But it’s on a nearly 5 minute delay.
Naw, schmerconish is far from a blue blood, no matter what kind of money his Huddled Masses and Wretched Refuse parents spent on his edumakation.
A blue-blood is one descended from royalty - an aristocrat. He is descended from central European immigrant coal miners who did the “movin’ on up” thing from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania to the vaunted Quaker Main Line.
Believe me, I know about this. My truly blue-blooded mother married the grandson of an immigrant coal miner, albeit that man ventured to America for reasons altogether different from Smerks’.
Also, if you are inclined to dismiss his blood lines, which would be rather ironic, the Main Line where I live, is not about money but about class and breeding, a point missed by the nuveau with their funny ethnic names.
They are ordinary in most regards, not ostentatious, not surly, and very moral and traditional. Smerk is fascinated with bling, hookers, drugs, mafioso, gambling, drink, slimy all around. He is the antithesis of the Main Line but the living image of “Jersey Shore”.
I mean really, his only claim to fame was working for Reagan as a young man. It really means nothing today except as a story of the type he enjoys to tell out of school.