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WOR Unveils New Morning Show

WORWOR 710 is marching into the future with Elliot Segal, succeeding John Gambling, who announced his retirement last month. Elliot in the Morning debuts January 13. Segal’s show has been heard in Washington on WWDC/DC 101 and Richmond’s WRXL. It will continue to air on those stations. WOR listeners will get a mix of sports, music, culture, and news from Segal.

“I’m excited to be coming back to New York, to a station with such a legendary history,” said Segal in a statement.  “We have built something very special in Washington, DC and Richmond and I’m beyond thrilled that the show will continue airing on DC/101 and XL-102. Now, WOR will be home to Elliot In The Morning and I couldn’t be more anxious to get going.”

Segal was part of the Z100 Morning Zoo in the mid-1990s.

With the new year, the Clear Channel talk station welcomes Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Their shows are syndicated by Clear Channel’s Premiere Networks. The veteran hosts keep their familiar time slots at WOR; Limbaugh from noon to 3 p.m. and Hannity airs from 3 to 6 p.m.

2014 also means baseball, as WOR will be the radio home for the Mets.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for WOR,” said Joe Puglise, President and Market Manager for Clear Channel New York.  “Bringing America’s top two talk show hosts to our lineup, the entertaining Elliot Segal and his team to the mornings and becoming the flagship station for the Mets will allow us to create unprecedented marketing opportunities for our partners and unbeatable programming for our listeners.”

Rush and Hannity to Leave WABC for WOR

sean-hannity-pic-02The talk radio landscape is about to be rocked by a potentially seismic shift. Politico reports, what many radio insiders expected to be an automatic, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity (right) will take their conservative shows from Cumulus’ WABC to WOR.

Since Clear Channel announced plans to purchase the family-owned Buckley Broadcasting last summer, it was only a matter of time before the highly rated hosts would move to Clear Channel stations, considering the syndicator involved.

Hannity, who does 3-6 p.m., and Limbaugh, who has a noon-3 p.m. show, are distributed by Premiere Networks, a Clear Channel property.

Reportedly, the radio heavyweights contracts with Premiere expire at the end of the year.

The report says WABC is likely to stay in-house to fill at least one of the slots, between Mike Huckabee, and evening hosts Mark Levin and Michael Savage.

Photo: justconservative.com

 

Brand New Documentary Keys on Volatile 80s Talker, Morton Downey Jr.

evocateur-posterBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

For a brief moment in the late 1980s, 55-year-old Morton Downey Jr. found the stardom that eluded him for his entire career. But as quickly as he shot to fame, he burned out.

In a new documentary by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger, Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr Movie examines that dramatic rise and fall with the backdrop of trying to duplicate, or to outshine, his successful parents.

The film, being distributed by Magnolia Pictures, was released last Friday mostly to smaller art houses as part of a smaller theatrical presence. However Evocateur, screened at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, is also available now on TV via On Demand and for downloading through iTunes. He anticipates the film will reach Netflix customers in the short term, and ultimately could be shown on cable.

With a direct lineage to politics-themed Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and the trashy Jerry Springer and Maury Povich, Kramer tells Tuned In that the timing was right for Downey’s story to finally be told. He says the three filmmakers are “recovering Mort fans.”

In 1987, Bob Pittman, who founded MTV, approached Downey about coming to television. Downey had begun turning heads as a right-wing radio host, and over-the-top guest. This was the era of kinder, gentler fare, with Phil Donahue still ruling the roost.

“It was like if you gave someone psychotic their own talk show,” Kramer says. “He was the most brutal, abusive host in the history of television.”

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