Confirmed: Grandy Gone From WMAL – 5/10 – Late last week, DCRTV reported a rumor that Fred Grandy (right) had quit his morning show gig at talker WMAL (630 AM). Today, he’s wiped from WMAL’s website, which lists Chris Plante as solo host for the entire 6 AM to 10 AM slot. This comes two weeks after Grandy’s former morning show partner Andy Parks was given the boot by Citadel, which is in the midst of budget cuts related to its bankruptcy proceedings. A former “Love Boat” star and a former Republican Congressman, Grandy had been paired with Plante from 6 AM to 8:30 AM for the past two weeks. Plante, who, as DCRTV reported, did not like co-hosting with Grandy, soldiers on with newsman Bryan Nehman and producer Ann Wog. More: DCRTV hears from WMAL sources that the station will most certainly be making more changes to its morning show before the end of May. Stay tuned…..
These changes have not sat well with the station’s listeners. And apparently Citadel has now let go WMAL’s program director and replaced him with the program director for WLS in Chicago who will now do double-duty for both WLS and WMAL while remaining based in Chicago.
But wait! There’s more!
WMAL Changes As Easy As “ABC” – 5/11 – Rant. So, you have two highly-paid guys hosting a morning show on a local radio station. And your company is going bankrupt and you need to get rid of them. Rather than just fire them after their show one day and start a new show the next day, you do what Citadel did here at Washington’s WMAL. First, you announce a future end-date for the show, which prompts Guy A to leave the show for a few weeks, while Guy B keeps things running solo. Then you actually fire Guy B, dropping hints that he’s “no longer with us,” and bring back Guy A with the guy who hosts the late morning show, Guy C. But after two more weeks, you have Guy A go missing and then quit, with Guy C now taking over the show. You then yank the program director, who we’ll call Guy D, and then drop rumors that the new program director, who we’ll call Guy E, will shake up the morning show and may even get rid of Guy C. Simple as “ABC,” right? And we all just sit here dumbfounded, watching the hacks from Citadel destroying a longtime ABC-owned Washington radio institution. Ponderous, man, ponderous.
If it weren’t for Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, WMAL would already have gone dark. While I probably agree with much of what Chris Plante has to say, his show is virtually unlistenable at 6 a.m. on my radio alarm clock. Gone is the traffic and weather “first on the fives.” Gone are the short news commentary segments that allowed more issues to be covered, including news out of my home base of Prince William County, in favor of long-winded rants on national and international topics that could appear on any generic conservative syndicated talk show. All this is enough to make one want to wake up to music in the morning! (Good thing I have a wi-fi internet radio and 18,000 stations plus Sirius XM channels to choose from.)
UPDATE: As of 5 a.m. on May 19th, Fred Grandy is back for 4 hours every morning with The Grandy Group show.