Thursday, February 25, 2010

 

Red Eye radio on WRKO....part time


Note: See update below

When WRKO AM 680 got the word that Premiere/Clear Channel was taking away most of its shows (they still have Rush, for now) so they could be sent to CC's WKOX AM 1200,
they had to find a replacement for "Coast to Coast" (which is already on AM 1200).
They opted for Howie Carr reruns--for one week. Then on Feb. 15, "Red Eye Radio
With Doug McIntyre" premiered; a show carried by stations in NYC, L.A., and Portland, OR. But a week later it was back to Howie re-runs.

Nobody seems to have told McIntyre yet, as his website still lists WRKO as an affiliate, and he was heard mentioning WRKO as an affiliate on his show on early
Thursday morning. But for now at least, WRKO is back to 10-hour-delayed Howie and
listeners are wondering why McIntyre's show was on for such a brief time. Whether
it will be back, who knows.

McIntyre's site lists WNTK in New London NH
as an affiliate, and WABC 770 in New York can be picked up fairly well here in
New England (as of now the WNTK site still lists Joey Reynolds as being in the slot). But will Red Eye Radio fly again on WRKO, or elsewhere? For the record,
the show is syndicated by Citadel, whose John Batchelor show currently airs
10 pm - 1 am on WTKK. "96.9 Boston Talks" currently airs Talk Radio Network's
Phil Hendrie in the 1 a.m. slot; perhaps Citadel could try to turn to WTKK
as a future Boston affiliate, if they don't mind losing the many-voiced Hendrie...

UPDATE 3/1/10: Maybe Doug McIntyre's Red Eye Radio isn't off WRKO after all. It sounded like it was on last night (Sun night)
and the WRKO sched says it'll be on Wed, Thu, and Fri nights while Howie reruns will be on Mon and Tue nights. As it turns out I heard Avi Nelson say on his Sat show that he would be in for Howie on Wed, Thu, and Fri of this week. So apparently WRKO will carry Red Eye on weekends plus when Howie is off they will carry Red Eye instead of the Carr show rerun...

Comments:
I see that this story is datelined February 26th, which is TOMORROW! Would you be so kind as to display tonight's lottery numbers before they are drawn...I could use the dough.
 
I am puzzled why 'RKO pulled Doug McIntyre after one week. He is one of the best prepared talk show hosts I've heard in a long time. His knowledge of US history in incredible. Plus, with his background as a comedy writer, he delivers a well-timed sense of humor on just about any topic. Something missed on overnight radio. I did send the PD at RKO a note of support for Doug (like, that did any good); but thankfully, I can pick up WABC as well as I can hear WRKO at night.
Still, it is unclear what WRKO is doing these days.
 
Laurence: Noticed that before! Odd. Kind of like the episode of I Dream of Jeannie where Jeannie would deliver _tomorrow's_ paper to Tony and he could bet on the horses, knowing who won...

Agreed on the quick action by RKO; what was up? Again, Howie had reruns that week so maybe they figured they'd try out McIntyre--and they never really did say it would be part of the lineup. From the little I've heard of Redeye it's refreshing. But, they set up a new show then suddenly pull the plug? Did they determine they didn't want to spend money (if they had to) for it?
 
update:Maybe Doug McIntyre's Red Eye Radio isn't off WRKO after all. It sounded like it was on last night (Sun night)
and the WRKO sched says it'll be on Wed, Thu, and Fri nights while Howie reruns will be on Mon and Tue nights. As it turns out I heard Avi Nelson say on his Sat show that he would be in for Howie on Wed, Thu, and Fri of this week. So apparently WRKO will carry Red Eye on weekends plus when Howie is off they will carry Red Eye instead of the Carr show rerun...
 
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