Westwood One has announced it is taking CBS Radio News/Talk 1210 WPHT Philadelphia Sunday night host Walter Sterling into national syndication. Sterling, better known as veteran programmer/consultant Walt Sabo, has hosted a lifestyle based talkshow on WPHT since 2014 from 10pm-1am Sunday nights. The new syndicated show will debut on CBS Radio’s 1020 KDKA Pittsburgh and 1120 KMOX St. Louis plus Cumulus Media’s 630/105.9 WMAL Washington DC and 890 WLS Chicago. Sabo is known for his work developing the Hot Talk format in the early 1990s at “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton and “Real Radio 104.1” WTKS Orlando. He also worked as a programming VP at both ABC and NBC Radio and was involved in the launch of Sirius Satellite Radio and Merlin Media’s “FM...[Read More]
After carrying their games for all but three years since 1982, CBS Talk 1210 WPHT Philadelphia will no longer serve as the flagship station for Philadelphia Phillies baseball. The games will remain with CBS airing exclusively on Sports 94.1 WIP starting with the upcoming 2016 season. WIP has been co-flagship with WPHT since 2012. Terms and length of the deal were not announced. CBS had previously signed a one year extension to keep the Phillies on WIP/WPHT for the past 2015 season in September 2014.
Update 10/29: WPHT is filling Dick Morris’ afternoot slot from within as Rich Zeoli will slide up from his current 6-9pm shift starting Wednesday, November 5. Talk Radio 1210 WPHT announced that Rich Zeoli will be the host in the 3p-6p slot on 1210AM, online at www.cbsphilly.com, and through the Radio.com app available for a variety of mobile devices starting Wednesday, November 5th. Rich will discuss local and national policy, the economy, the biggest news stories and issues that affect all Philadelphians, coupled with interviews of the day’s news and decision makers. “We are thrilled that Rich is moving to afternoons at WPHT. He’s a smart, energetic, entertaining talk show host who can tackle a variety of issues that relate to his audience.” said Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice Presiden...[Read More]
With the sale of “IQ 106.9” WWIQ Philadelphia closing shortly, CBS Conservative Talk 1210 WPHT will make room in what had been a mostly local lineup for Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity beginning on Monday, October 28. Limbaugh will air live in his 12-3pm daypart, while Hannity will air tape delayed from 9pm to 12am. To make room on the lineup for the new additions, the existing programming on the station will be truncated. Morning host Chris Stigall will lose the 9am hour and air 530-9am. Dom Giordano will slide from 10am-2pm to 9am-12pm. Afternoon host Dick Morris will lose the 2pm hour, and Rich Zeoli drops the 10pm hour from his now 6-9pm show. The station had been featuring a loop of guest hosts in the 10pm-1am slot, which will no longer be necessary with the addition of Han...[Read More]
Syndicated host Michael Smerconish, based at CBS’ 1210 WPHT Philadelphia will depart terrestrial radio for satellite on Monday, April 15. The program will air on SiriusXM’s “POTUS” (Channel 124) Political Talk channel in the 9am to 12pm Eastern time slot. In the AP story announcing the move, Smerconish has some fairly harsh words regarding the state of political talk on broadcast radio. The only people that I meet for whom the issues are hard left or hard right, the only people who see the world through ideological glasses, are those who have a microphone in front of them Smerconish, who had been syndicated by Dial Global since 2009, has been heard on WPHT for over a decade. He hosted mornings until the addition of his syndicated show moved him to afternoons and lat...[Read More]
Both of Philadelphia’s Talk stations are seeing a high profile host depart their station after a short term At Merlin Media’s “IQ 106.9” WWIQ morning co-host Larry Mendte was let go. In a Facebook post announcing his departure from the station, Mendte thanks Randy Michaels and understands that the move will resuscitate rumors of Merlin Media selling the station. As most of you know, I have not been on the air for the past week. I have been told that many of you have called the station asking where I am and I thank you for that. The truth is I am no longer working at IQ 106.9. It was not my choice and since my show was by far the highest rated local show I am certain this will fuel the industry rumors that the station is being sold. I hope that is not true as the sta...[Read More]
Merlin Media’s “IQ 106.9” WWIQ Philadelphia has officially confirmed that Rush Limbaugh will debut on the station on Monday, June 25. The addition of Limbaugh from noon to 3pm finalizes the daytime lineup on the station that also includes a local news block with Al Gardner and Larry Mendte from 5am to 9am and syndicated talkers Glenn Beck from 9am to 12pm and Sean Hannity from 3pm to 6pm. Dial Global’s Overnight America with Jon Grayson has been added for overnights. The evening slots are still to be filled, although a comment on the station’s Facebook page hints at the addition of Mark Levin, whose show currently airs on Salem’s 990 WNTP in the market. CBS fills the departure of Limbaugh at 1210 WPHT with the addition of a new local afternoon drive prog...[Read More]
The New York Times reports that CBS’ 1210 WPHT Philadelphia will no longer serve as Rush Limbaugh’s affiliate in the market. The statement by CBS to the Times makes it clear that Premiere Radio Networks is pulling the affiliation from the station. â€œPremiere recently notified WPHT they will be syndicating Rush Limbaugh on a new station in Philadelphia. As a result, we are pleased to be able to now showcase Michael, who is a well-known and acclaimed broadcaster in the market, in this new time period.â€ Michael is Michael Smerconish, the former WPHT morning host, who’s 12-3pm syndicated program has aired on tape delay from 3 to 6pm. The program will now move to a live clearance on the station. The new home for Limbaugh in Philadelphia has not been disclosed. The likely de...[Read More]