WOR-AM/New York has had a storied history or taking in....shall we say...distressed properties. If you remember Bob Grant making a rather inappropiate remark about a place crash that killed African-American Commerce Seretary Ron Brown in 1996, WOR hired him after being fired at WABC. he lasted at 'OR for 10 years.
WOR currently runs a unremarkable morning show co-hosted by Donna Hanover, the artist formerly know as Mrs. Rudy Guliani. Moving the I-Man in that slot would be instant publicity for a popular station in search of an identity.
Plus WOR has its own radio network.....one starving for programming. Its only marquee host is Dr. Joy Brown. Thier late-night attraction, Lionel, is about to do mornings at Air America, so WOR Radio Net offering IMUS would be a much needed jolt to the system
Fox offer more options for Imus. Obviously, a simulcast on FNC (it does seem that Fox has been wooing Imus, with many positive mentions on O'Reilly, H&C, etc. A simulcast would also rid the world of that gawdawful POS Fox and Friends.
Also there is Fox regular, FX, and maybe MyNetwork where a morning show/simulcast could be developed. AND FNC has its radio network up and running. One thing, FNC does not own any radio statins in NYC.
And finally, Imus can retreat to the oasis satellite. His brother works the Outlaw Country channel. His old CBS boss, Mel Karmazin, runs the outfit (BTW, had Mel remained at CBS, Imus would be on the air today). No censorship. And many Imus followers are willing to shell out $13 a month for thier hero. They do for Howard. That could be the problem. There is still no lovelost between Imus and Stern. This could make the guys at tmz.com bristle with anticipation.
Your job....these people need to know that there is a ready-made audience just waiting for someone to make a bold move.
Scott Lakefield, Asst PD, WOR radio, 111 Broadway 3rd fkoor, New York, NY 10006 (212) 642-4500 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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