John Lanigan Leaves The Spew

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This topic contains 11 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  Ray 3 weeks ago.

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  • #183388

    MediaFan85
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    He quit both the show and WTAM this morning on-air.

    #183399

    tim131
    Participant

    John is retired & lives in (I believe) Florida. So, why work?

    #183400

    lilamish
    Participant

    What were his reasons given. I was only half listening when it all went down.

    #183401

    skiwest
    Participant

    He’s in Colorado now.  First, he thanked Mike Snyder.  Then he said that he never really wanted to do The Spew, he doesn’t care about politics, he doesn’t feel qualified to give his opinions on the topics that were being discussed, and he’s never coming back to Cleveland. Then he said  500 elk ate up a bunch of trees in his yard overnight and he needs to go out later to clean it up. Then he hung up.

    #183403

    lilamish
    Participant

    Thank you! I heard the part about the cleaning the yard and then silence.

    #183407

    vjm1
    Participant

    Jensen Lewis – a former Indians pitcher and current Tribe TV pre/post game host – has been named Lanigan’s replacement on The Spew

    Lewis is actually quite good on his TV gig, and during the last couple of offseasons, has filled in for station stalwarts Triv, Bill Wills, and Mike Snyder on WTAM, and isn’t too bad on the radio.

    Grooming Lewis for bigger things down the road perhaps? (coughTriv’sretirementcough)

    #183415

    Nathan Obral
    Participant

    I get why Lanigan was on the show… it required little to no effort on his end, he could remote from either Florida or Colorado, and it allowed iHeart to keep the prestige of having a “franchise” personality under their belt.

    Maybe Jensen will surprise me, but if Lanigan felt he wasn’t qualified to debate this stuff (and he never really was; he was opinionated, to be sure, but not anywhere close to a boilerplate conservatalker) Jensen will find himself in the same dilemma… especially when he makes what will surely be a polarizing statement** and the “stick to sports” gadflies start up lol.

    Besides, it’s both sad and surprising that The Spew is even still on the air after all these years, and years after the original purpose of the show was thrown into total obsolescence (a debate platform for Triv and Bob Frantz). Look, if WTAM wants to be local in the 9am hour, simply extend Bill Wills to 10am. It’s not that hard.

    ** which could be either liberal or conservative… Jensen simply can’t be non-partisan with a show format like that.

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!

    #183420

    tim131
    Participant

    For the past 5-10 years, traditional talk stations (not sportstalk) have had the same concerns: an aging, mostly male audience (heavily age 55+), and a small but growing public frustration with 1-sided politics-dominated subject matter.

    The constant beating up of “liberals”/Democrats as the cause of all of America’s problems has worn thin on many.  Illogical, not really true. Fault lies on both sides in the USA. (Would be the same if talk was dominated by Dems/liberals pounding the right/Republicans).

    Slowly but surely, it just sounds like what it is: show-biz BS. Same for both sides. And, bottom line is…folks are tiring of the never ending junk from all politicians….right & left.

    Soooo—what do hundreds and hundreds of talk stations talk about besides politics that will grow a larger, and hopefully younger (even if only somewhat younger) audience? The talk format experts have yet to come up with a formula that works…with few exceptions (25-54M man-lifestyle-talk ala WMMS).

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  tim131.
    #183890

    michael p
    Participant

    Now that Geraldo has replaced “The Spew” it got me thinking.  Was John Lanigan’s on-air resignation pre-planned as a publicity stunt possibly by Ray Davies?

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks ago by  michael p.
    #183892

    tim131
    Participant

    Do you really think most anybody but radio people & radio hobbyists really even noticed John Lannigan staying or even being there?

    #183896

    Nathan Obral
    Participant

    Lanigan legitimately quit. Having heard the podcast – and the flustered reactions of Ray Davis and Mike Snyder – it’s obvious that was the case. If it was a stunt, then the two of them would’ve reacted slightly differently.

    Inserting Jensen Lewis as Lanigan’s replacement on The Spew was nothing more than a stop gap until a Plan B could be had. That being said, I’d be curious as to how Geraldo even entered the picture.

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!

    #183898

    Ray
    Participant

    Geraldo did an in-studio interview on Triv’s show several weeks if not a month or more before Lanigan quit. I wouldn’t doubt they were talking about some arrangement for him to work for the station way back then, and then the Lanigan deal just fell into their laps.

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