WTKK adds Sliwa to line-up
Beginning yesterday(10/1). WTKK 96.9FM has added a new nightly show hosted by Curtis Sliwa, founder of vigilante crime-fighting group Guardian Angels. Sliwa, who faked his own kidnapping in the early 1980’s, currently hosts the 10am-Noon show on NYC’s talker WABC AM 770. He’ll use ISDN technology to host the live show for WTTK 96.9FM from 10pm to 1am weekdays. Syndicated talker Laura Ingraham, who previously occuppied Sliwa's current timeslot, was sent to the radio Siberia with the lone Sunday 10pm-1am appearance on WTKK’s line-up.
Sliwa has been on the air at New York's WABC since the early 1990's when he co-hosted a morning drive show with his ex-wife Lisa. After being bounced from WABC due to very low-ratings in mid-1990's, conservative Sliwa, with the help of former mayor Rudy Gulliani, ended up on public city-owned station WNYC in a major fundraising publicity stunt. He later ended up at WABC on weekends and eventually was named morning co-host with Ron Kuby in 2000. In 2007, he was bumped to middays on WABC after Don Imus returned to the airwaves.
Sliwa’s “live and local” debut in the talk-crazed Boston market is likely a test run for his possible move toward national syndication by his employer Citadel Broadcasting next year. Citadel currently produces and syndicates Don Imus’ morning show heard on WTKK 96.9FM in the morning drive.
Sliwa will anchor tonight’s post-debate special on WTKK 96.9FM which also be simulcast on his home station WABC. Just like last week, in addition to WTKK’s coverage, all Boston news-talk stations will take in the debate and air their own post-debate analysis – WBZ AM 1030, WRKO AM 680 and WBUR 90.9FM.
BRW Notebook :
There is only one October : With no over-the-air(free TV) station to cover the Sox playoff run(thanks to brainless move by the Nutty Profession aka MLB Comissioner Bud Selig), there’s more emphasis on radio coverage this year. (TBS owns exclusive TV rights to televise ALDS and ALCS). WEEI AM 850 and WRKO AM 680 will have Dave O’Brien, Joe Castiglione and John Rish on the Sox call. Meanwhile, ESPN Radio will have its A-team of Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell working the national call on Sox-Angels.
In a related note, for the fourth straight year, WAMG AM/”890 ESPN” is carrying all of the Major League Baseball playoff schedule, including every Sox game, thanks to its ESPN Radio affiliation.
Radio transition? : WODS 103.3FM/Oldies 103 has retooled its line-up recently, but it appears that any reference to the "60's and 70's" in on-air liners have been replaced by the "Greatest Hits". Although, still very much trapped in the 70's musically, there's some 80's hits that are slowly starting to creep into the Oldies' playlist as of late(Denice Williams' 1984 Grammy winner "Let's Hear for the Boy" and Hall&Oates' 1980 "Kiss on My List"). Rival WROR 105.7FM had added the 80's decade to its playlist a couple years ago and is now the classic hits of the 60's, 70's and...80's.
Radio picks : Providence's Lite 105 morning show co-host Heather Gersten who in her past life co-hosted morning show with Karen Blake(and Ralphie Marino) on Star 93.7(now Mike 93.7) is the mother of a young budding radio star reports the Daily News Tribune.