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Is Wayne Besen out at WCPT?

It seems strange they'd do this in middle of the "Spring Book", but just I heard they have bounced Wayne Besen. Any idea why?

RR
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    Saturday, March 25 2017, 12:55 PM - #permalink
    Sounds like they just wanted to make a change. Here's CRM's article on it:

    WCPT-AM/FM Releases Wayne Besen, Hires Ben Joravsky
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    Saturday, March 25 2017, 01:41 PM - #permalink
    Well, that sucks. I love Wayne's political savvy and passion.

    Ben is ok but no where near Wayne. 'CPT better explain why. As I said, this sucks.
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    Saturday, March 25 2017, 05:26 PM - #permalink
    I will say his show was a bit hard to digest and listen for any length of time.

    When he first came on, he was a fighter and manhandled callers letting them get under his skin. Still, I got the "I've Got Issues" mantra. But that wore think quickly and was a tough transition coming after the more soft spoken and intellectual Thom Hartman. He had a bit of Dr. Laura in his exchanges with trolls and shills.

    Never the less, I think he still has a future as a radio orator or commentator and his monologues are well thought and reasonably researched, But he needs a skilled and no-nonsense producer and coach to corral what is otherwise a very free spirited (OK---striated) lefty who could be the liberal equivalent of Sean Hannity. He should take over for the late Alan Colmbs. I think he could soar in that 9PM-Midnight time slot.

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    Monday, March 27 2017, 02:34 PM - #permalink
    Besen wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but not terrible. Hopefully can get anyone except Tavis Smiley. How about Dick Kay full time? Don't think he would do it.
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    Tuesday, March 28 2017, 07:38 AM - #permalink
    Dick Kay retired from WMAQ because the demands of the daily TV news grind were getting to be too much for a mid-60's reporter. While a three hour daily radio show isn't as demanding as live TV news, it is a full time job if done properly. Something I don't think he wants or would have been on the air M-F a long time ago.

    That said, if you have listened to him for any length of time, you can tell he's slowing down a bit more every year. That's not a knock on him. That's simply a fact advancing age.

    But he does enjoy keeping a couple toes in the media water doing a once a week show (plus national fill ins).


    RR
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    Wednesday, March 29 2017, 12:18 PM - #permalink
    Yes, RR, yes, you are correct, my comment about Dick was fantasy. He couldn't do it, at the end of his weekend show he seems exhausted. Still a good listen, however.
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