It’s not often when you see a programming merger like this one, especially for two syndicated radio overnight shows. Cumulus Media Networks “Midnight Radio” hosts Gary McNamara and Eric Harley will take over the name and affiliate stations from “Red Eye Radio” host and originator Doug McIntyre beginning January 3rd. “The Midnight Radio Network”, owned and distributed by Dial Global, traces its roots back to the Midnight Cowboy Trucking Show which started at WBAP Dallas in 1969. Combining the rosters of the two shows will bring the number of affiliates to over 150 and give Cumulus Media Networks a stronger overnight alternative to Premiere Radio Networks “Coast to Coast AM.”
Cumulus SVP of affiliate sales and broadcast operations Dennis Green said, “Adding Eric and Gary to our versatile lineup of talk programming is a fantastic opportunity for the network and provides two dynamic personalities to our affiliates. This another day part where we can offer high-quality solutions to stations looking for relevant content that connects with local audiences. We truly appreciate the road map Doug has created for delivering overnight listener engagement with ‘Red Eye Radio’ and we’re proud that he will continue to be part of our company.”
Although it’s not yet clear in what capacity McIntyre will be in with Cumulus, he continues to host the 5:00 am to 6:00 am hour on WABC, New York.
*UPDATE* Rumors that McIntyre would move back to host morning drive on KABC-AM Los Angeles- a position he held from 2004 to 2009- has been confirmed. In a release, Cumulus says, “The show will feature McIntyre’s unique sense of humor and ability to get to the heart of the biggest stories affecting Los Angeles and Orange County.” McIntyre says, “I’m excited to return to the morning drive with leading radio station, KABC. I look forward to keeping my audience informed and entertained as they wake up with me each morning.”