UPDATE: After Rush’s show this afternoon(Friday 9/28), WGST switched to ESPN Desportes, Spanish sports talk.
It appears WGST is dead, at least as a talk radio station. The former home of Sean Hannity, Neal Boortz, local stars Kim Peterson, the late Keith Kalland, and many others will reportedly flip tomorrow from a talk format to possibly a comedy format (what?). For folks like me who spent years listening to WGST, it’s a sad day.
Afternoon host Rusty Humphries issued this statement:
“It is always sad to see a news/talk facility such as WGST change to another format but I am grateful for the time I had there and was able to spend doing local radio in Atlanta. The people at Clear Channel are fine people and I enjoyed working with them. For me, the good news is that I will have a lot more time to devote to my nationally syndicated TRN program which is growing by leaps and bounds.”
The death blow seems to have been caused by Rush Limbaugh switching his show to WSB. The new all news 106.7 surely hurt as well. Rodney Ho has more on new lineup at WSB. Our buddy Erick Erickson will move to the 5-7 slot and do more of a news show it appears. Rumors swirl that Glenn Beck’s show will land on WGKA.
Via Ho, here is the new lineup at WSB:
For WSB, Limbaugh’s arrival means several changes to its weekday lineup:
– Syndicated talk show host Neal Boortz, now based primarily out of Naples, Fla., will see his daily stint cut back an hour. He will be on the air from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Boortz is retiring in January and will be replaced by businessman and former presidential candidate Herman Cain, who had already planned to do three hours a day.
– Consumer advocate Clark Howard, who has been with WSB radio since 1991 and is now heard on more than 220 stations nationwide, is moving to the 8-10 p.m. slot from his current 1-3 p.m. time period. Howard — who recently began co-hosting an HLN TV news program from 5-7 p.m. weekdays called “Evening Express” — will still tape his Atlanta-based radio show from 1-3 p.m. because other markets will continue to run it live.
– Syndicated radio and Fox News host Sean Hannity’s program will air live from 3-5 p.m., but WSB will be adding a news program from 5-7 p.m. Erick Erickson, who runs the website RedState.com will be the show’s host/commentator. Hannity’s third hour, from 7-8 p.m., will be tape-delayed (Erickson has been hosting a talk show from 6-8 p.m.).
– Local talk show host Adam Goldfein gets pushed two hours later to 10 p.m. to midnight.
– Syndicated financial expert Dave Ramsey also gets moved two hours later and will start at midnight instead of 10 p.m.
WSB now has the top two political talk shows in it’s lineup.