Smerconish Cuts Mornings, Keeps Syndicated Middays
Dial Global syndicated radio talker Michael Smerconish is ending his national morning show in January to focus on his syndicated midday show. Smerconish’s flagship station, CBS Radio’s WPHT Philadelphia, will move his show from mornings to the 3p-7p slot, leaving Premiere Radio Network’s Sean Hannity temporarily without a Philly home.
“Michael is currently producing seven hours of live radio every day which is a Herculean task,” Dial Global SVP/GM Amy Bolton said. “With the vast number of his affiliates airing the midday version of the program, it’s natural he should focus all his energy there.”
Smerconish added, “First and foremost, I wanted to remain on our flagship station WPHT, but to put forth the best program I need to refocus my commitments. This move allows me to continue with my other radio and television opportunities, as well as my books and newspaper columns, while at the same time maintaining contact with my loyal fans in Philadelphia who have been with me since the beginning.”
Taking over WPHT in AM drive is Chris Stigall who comes from KCMO Kansas City. With the Smerconish move to afternoons, WPHT evening talk host Dom Giordano moves up into the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon slot replacing Glenn Beck also leaving Beck without an affiliate in the nations 4th largest market. Premiere syndicated talk king Rush Limbaugh will keep his noon-3p slot as the station moves to a more live-and -local position.