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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Andy Furman Fall-out

The Big One has clamped down. Big time.
Nobody at WLW-AM (700) is saying anything about the suspension of "SportsTalk" host Andy Furman. Our story for Friday's paper already has been posted on the Web:

It’s odd, isn’ it? The station were listeners can’t tell if a personality is just on vacation – or has been "suspended" – isn’t talking about this one. No mention of Furman on any show. No explanation as to why Furman hasn’t hosted "SportsTalk" since last Thurdsay. Not a word about why Furman was missing from "BengalsLine" Monday from Rick's Tavern. Nobody talking about why T.J. Houshmandzadeh has just vanished from the "Bengals Roundtable" show Thursday nights. No explanation why Bill Seg Dennison has been subbing since last Friday? Could it be permanent?
Usually Bill Cunningham would be yapping about how Helen Mays – the fictional Clear Channel boss he created – had suspended Furman for something.
Not this time.
One Clear Channel employee told me that staffers have been ordered not to talk about Furman. "It’s sensitive and we’re not supposed to comment. I can’t say anything on this," I was told Thursday.
Even Furman won’t talk. (When has that ever happened??) So it must be serious. Very serious. Maybe some folks at the Big One are learning a big lesson. We may know soon.
Your thoughts on Furman and folks at the Big One?


at 10/19/2006 11:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some day, Furman and the folks at WLW will understand there are consequences to simply making up anything you want to say. The people whose hearts and souls built 700 ago into a national treasure decades ago are rolling over in their graves right now.

at 10/19/2006 11:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

how will the Bengals organization view this? 700 lose the Bengals games?

at 10/19/2006 11:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 10/20/2006 12:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiese - you have called posters out for writing about topics other than television. The headline on this blog says Television. The response line says "Post a Comment on: Television." Why are you writing about RADIO?????

at 10/20/2006 12:34 AM Blogger Not Todd said...

I don't think 700 has the Bengals games anyhow.

Good riddance to bad rubbish. He reminds me of Basil Fawlty. If he's not insulting you he's kissing your butt.

at 10/20/2006 12:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 11:59 hits it on the head. This is a WLW scam. Not as big as when Randy ran the place.

Let's see, the reds are done, sports kinda has died down outside of the Bengals...hmmm sounds like a vacation????

at 10/20/2006 12:45 AM Blogger College Hillbilly said...

I agree. Either this blog is only abut television or it isn't. Personally, I would welcome a blog that looked more broadly at mass media in Cincinnati. Talk radio is too important to ignore.

But I'm also skeptical of this "suspension." If calling someone a racist were reason for a week's suspension, Cunningham would be on one day a month.

at 10/20/2006 1:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

as john has previously posted this is his blog so he can talk about what he wants and his columns have dabbled in radio so there

at 10/20/2006 7:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This may not be fake, because TJ's comments seem to comfirm some type of controversy. The Bengals have told Furman where to stick it before.

at 10/20/2006 9:46 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

This is my blog, and I'll write about Radio from time to time if I want to. I know people look to me to find out what's going on in radio here, as well as TV.

at 10/20/2006 9:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If some of you had ever actually read the newspaper John works for, you'd see that he covers local radio on a regular basis...and in this bass-ackwards town, the local radio scene provides a lot of material.

As for Furman, his schtick got old years ago. If this is a true suspension and if it was for racial remarks, then CC has the chance to end his run. Give Lance McCallister 50,000 watts of power and let Andy fade out of the public consciousness.

at 10/20/2006 10:13 AM Anonymous Alan said...

How can you trust a station that is know for lying to the public over the years when people are on vacation ie "Suspension"? Willie and the numerous "Helen Mays" incidents. Anyone else see a trend here? It is sad that the once mighty WLW now requires stupid stunts to get attention for their station. I guess that partnership with Channel 5 isn't delivering the listeners the had hoped for. Who knows, maybe this time it is real. But I strongly doubt it. I guess the age old story is true: you can only cry wolf so many times until no one listens. Oh, and John write whatever you want. It's your blog. If TV people don't like it then don't read it. Who-Dey!

at 10/20/2006 10:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how WLW hosts love to get into everyone's business, make ad homonym, vicious personal attacks, but when it comes to some dirty laundry in-house, NO COMMENT.

I guess they are protected to some degree because most of the people they assail are public figures. I say they are first class COWARDS.

I recall Bill Cunningham saying many years ago he doesn’t rip on bikers because of an experience he had after ripping on them on air. He inferred he had been threatened after meeting with some at a bar in Norwood after his on air rant.

I say everyone who calls WLW should work in a question about Andy Furman whereabouts. Turn the tables on them for a change.

at 10/20/2006 11:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANON 10:19 hits it on the head. The biggest COWARD of them all is the ALLEDGED Program Director Daryl Parks.

Don't be suprised to find out that he flamed the fires more so than Furman when TJ was a no-show for his show.

Hey Parks, these old stunts are getting boring. Can't you come up with something better. With your talent you might be best suited working for the Enquirer, as a delivery boy.

Let's put Parks and Furman and TJ in a locked room and see who wins.

at 10/20/2006 12:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i havent listened to 700 in years when they moved mike to the 9 to noon shift and then willie to the 1230 to 3 shift i stopped then and burbank has been so lame without doc wolfe i just quit listening to them

at 10/20/2006 12:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't listened to Furman in years because he simply doesn't talk sports. He was a joke years ago, so never thought to listen anymore. If this means that they will actually get someone to talk sports from 6-9... fantastic!

at 10/20/2006 1:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darryl, what’s wrong with you, stand by Furman.

To paraphrase Jean Schmidt “Cowards cut and run, program directors never do.”

Darryl, stay the course.

Better to fight them over there with Furman on the air rather than over here with him off the air.

at 10/20/2006 1:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WLW just to be immune to the corporate ways of Clear Channel. Not anymore. This is a whole new ballgame people.

I say bring can sportstalk on The Big One and bring back Alan Browning. Used to love hearing desperate and dateless.

Whatever happened to Dave Lee?

at 10/20/2006 1:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't heard anything about how McConnell’s syndication is going.
Parks said on his Sat show he initially had only one station on the first broadcast day.

Here’s my review. It overwhelmingly sucks. With the elimination of all local topics and his shyness of politics, we’re left with a stable of the LCD “beating a dead horse” topics. I’ve heard him try to gin up calls with sex change operations for inmates (yawn), women making less than men, teachers carrying guns in schools.

It’s painful to listen to. It’s like going to the barber shop for a haircut and listening to the barber talking to different people complaining about the same old topics.

He did have a fairly good interview with noted attorney Jerry Spence about his new book on the media. Unfortunately it was one of his patented 24 min interviews crowded out by 8-10 minutes of commercials and 4-5 minutes of him telling us how he has everything figured out.

And his attempt to add a local touch to things after leaving the network feed is awkward and patronizing. “Uhhh and what else, stay tuned for Willie at 12:30 he’ll be talking about America.” “Uhhh and what else, wanna thank Applebees for lunch today.”

He wants to be beating Beck and Ingraham in 2-3 years…… I don’t see how with this current format/style.

at 10/20/2006 3:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Mike Brown & Co never has liked Furman or cared much for CC/Jacor, that’s why he yanked Bengals broadcasts in the mid/late 90’s. But Bengals sucked then and WLW was losing money on the broadcasts.

Not anymore. Bengals are in driver’s seat. Bengals are suffering from bad PR regarding player arrests. That’s real. They don’t need manufactured things like the wise guys at WLW cooked up. TJ is genuinely shocked and pissed, hired an attorney and is going to sue for defamation. Marvin is pissed that this will distract TJ when they need him most and could affect the outcome of games.

CC/WLW is feeling the real heat of their own bad PR and real mega buck legal fees. Perhaps even another sports owner let it be know he doesn’t much care for their relentless ripping of Junior.

Just this week and last Cunningham has accused Ted Strickland of being a homosexual, having a “boy toy” and covering up for a so-called pedophile. Furman has accused a what I thought was a pretty low profile/no scandal football player of being racist. These people are out of control.

Maybe the stars are aligning.

at 10/20/2006 4:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, why would anyone be offended or bothered by JK if he decides to write about radio in a Television blog. If you read his material, it's obvious he covers both mediums. Sure, he could probably change the name to Media...but who cares? Get over it - or don't read it.

Number can people be so moronic to believe that one of the biggest radio stations in the U.S. - which resdies in a city that had race riots not too long ago - would endorse a stunt like this?

For those of you who believe this, you're ignorant. WLW and its talent remain speechless for legal reasons. T.J. has stated he has spoken to his lawyer already. That alone is enough for WLW to put a lid on the topic because anything said on air could be used against them in a court of law. For example, if Cunningham were to joke about it on air, it may give T.J.'s side ammo because it shows that WLW may actually be "endorsing" Furman's comments.

It sounds absurd, but absurdity happens in U.S. courts of law every day.

So, for those who still believe this is a hoax, get a grip.

at 10/20/2006 4:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

And while I don't listen to most of the tired ol' aryan rhetoric from Cunningham, McConnell, Parks and the like, I hear an FM white-power talker may be in the offing on 96.5. Maybe some equally zealous competition will break down the CC/700/Dead-air-Parks egopalooza.

at 10/20/2006 4:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV."

Great television conversation!

at 10/20/2006 4:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the story exactly about Furman calling some high school girl a slut???

I recall that is was back when Collinsworth did sports talk or had just turned it over to Furman. I believe the young girl was a fan of Chris, called in and was asking something about Chris and Furman twisted it into something sexual.

If I was her dad I think there might of been some whoop ass coming.

I've heard him do some great interviews (Grandpa Munster on basketball was always great). But when you look at the totality of the guy on the air, HE'S A CLASS A JERK.

at 10/20/2006 4:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brown has always hated Furman -- that's nothing new.

Reading the tea leaves a bit here: I think Brad's contract is up after this season, and I can imagine that the Bengals might be eager to take their radio production in-house in order to maximize profit. They're in a better position to make a deal now that interest in the franchise has exploded.

I wonder how something like this impacts the broadcast contract between the Bengals and Clear Channel...

at 10/20/2006 5:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Dead-Air-Darryl. Did anyone else catch the opening of Rush Wed or Thurs on 55KRC? Something was amiss, I heard some guy talking about some bizarre conspiracy for about a minute or two from 12:06 to 12:08 or so.

I thought I was listening to a scene from Lost or Jericho where they had re-established contact with the outside world.

I understand the have some new fangled computer system that automatically runs programs, commercials and promos flawlessly.

I hear that dead air and multiple programs running at the same time on 1360 a fair amount at night.

Wonder if they notify the advertisers of the mix up so they can get their make-good or whatever they call it...

at 10/20/2006 6:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is word that someone at WLW encouraged Furman to rake TJ over the coals. Take a guess.

at 10/20/2006 7:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't Chad Johnson also miss some "compensated appearance" earlier in the year??

I seem to remember Darryl Parks and his sidekick "Don The Busdriver" ragging on him on Darryl's Sat show. Something about personal responsibility....

On a totally unrelated matter. I have no idea who would encourage Furman to rake TJ over the coals.

at 10/20/2006 7:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darryl has many truisms about radio.

It's all about ratings and revenue.

Never let the facts get in the way of a good talk show.

Follow the money.

Maybe Willie can get Helen Mays on the phone and ask her about Furman and Parks future.

Will they have to go to sensitivity training like Willie did when he vacationed in Florida.

Or maybe they will suddenly meet their demise like the "Trukin Bozo" has done several times, LOL.

at 10/20/2006 7:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people at 700 WLW are loving all of this obsession. There is no Furman suspension but there is some great talk about the station going on.

at 10/20/2006 8:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone listened to Bill "Seg" Dennison tonight for Sports Talk Friday October 20, 2006???.

It's sadly funny. He had a sincere caller about 6:20 who said he was going to his first Bengals game this Sunday with his son and wanted to know any tips for navigating the game, crowd, traffic, etc...

I'm thinking Seg would give some tips on where the least crowded gates are to enter, best section to get some food without a long wait, where to park, etc...

What did the wise sage say?? It's gonna be a great game, the stadium will be rockin, they're be alot of tailgaters, it'll be a great time...

What a bunch of pap... LOL

at 10/20/2006 9:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

T.J. might as well have his next signing bonus come via the loudmouths at 700.

at 10/21/2006 9:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 10/21/2006 10:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay the course Kies. Most of the media folks do both Radio and TV.

at 10/21/2006 12:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WLW should be honored to have Seg Dennison on board. After all, he's the 10-time defending champion of the "WORLD STUTTERING AND STAMMERING CHAMPIONSHIP".

What other radio station can boast that. Most other broadcasters can actually speak English, except Jeff Piecoro on HOMER.

Here's a sample of his vocabulary:
Bengals = BINGALS
just = JIST
interesting = INTERSTRING

What happened to the days when broadcasters could talk?

Daryl did encourage Furman to lay it on TJ. FIRE DARYL NOT FURMAN

at 10/21/2006 12:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is well known that the PD likes to fire off e-mails telling the on air types what to say. almost like a puppeteer.

at 10/21/2006 3:06 PM Anonymous elad said...

It's way past the time for Lance McAlister to become the host of WLW's 6PM Sports Talk. He is better prepared, has more credibility, is more enjoyable to listen to----and he would bring a refreshing new approach. Furman is stale and often obnoxious and annoying.
Maybe he could be in charge of Sports on his "brother" Randy's all-traffic radio station 1710 AM.

at 10/21/2006 3:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know any more info about Jim O'Brien, when he will be leaving, etc.???? And who is replacing him???

at 10/21/2006 4:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

as for job only the shadow knows

at 10/21/2006 5:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

People of Cincinnati, get a life! Radio sucks in this town! My goodness!! Andy Furman should be selling used cars in Dayton!

Bob Trumpy had credability! Changes are in the wind at Clear Channel and 700 WLW's time is up!

Wait for the firestorm and await the changes!

at 10/21/2006 6:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moles at WLW tell me TV 5's Tom Sussi was hanging around the studio last week. Even sat in with Cunningham.


Is Sussi taking his Bone to the Big One?


I think he'd be a natural.

As for Jim O'Brien, moles at TV 5 tell me he's out after the November book. Derek Beasley, the morning guy, will be the new chief.

at 10/21/2006 11:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better do something about all the moles around here....where is Ron Wilson??

Sussi strikes me as someone that might fill in for Cunningham!

at 10/21/2006 11:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The general manager of 700 is not likely to do much to Fuhrman. Parks runs the show.

at 10/21/2006 11:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiese -

Glad to read your response to the poster who objected to the radio coverage in this blog. Actually, the local radio scene often appears to be more interesting than much of what's happening in area TV. Even if you leave the current Furman "drama" at 700 off to the side, there's a number of developments that are newsworthy. Stations changing ownership, stations changing channels, formats, etc. all in the last few months. If the ongoing antics of Clear Channel aren't enough, there's always the rebirth of WOXY. This could turn into a template that points to a new future for the medium. And there's also lots of tradition-busting happening in public radio, of all places. Bill Spry's venture at 88.9 may redefine what it means to be a public/community station. (A real rock and roll public radio station? It's happening.) WNKU offers an alternative spin for NPR fans. Even a seeming also-ran like geezer-pleezer WMKV can offer surprises, like a highly entertaining and polished show called "Big Broadcast" that simply screams "ready for national syndication."

Sure, we all like to see who's being spun through News 5's revolving door - or find out where a certain ex-weatherboy's hands may have wandered lately - but there's no reason why John shouldn't cover *all* of mass media in this town. Personally I'd rather read John writing about radio in this blog than another desperate-for-twentysomethings Enquirer feature on the local popularity of "Grey's Anatomy."

at 10/22/2006 12:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Parks runs the show, why did Furhman get suspended?

at 10/22/2006 12:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't listened to Furman in years and WILL NEVER LISTEN TO HIM EVER. The second I hear his voice, I change the station on my radio, because I find him to be such a disgusting jerk. His brand of shock broadcasting is so completely unworthy of having any exposure to, or influence over, the public discourse in the Midwest. In essence, Furman imposes his New York, Brooklyn culture and values onto the good folks of the Midwest on a daily basis. WLW would do just as well having a Martian doing its sports broadcasting as an alternative to Furman. By and large, Midwesterners have strong Christian values, which causes them to believe that other human beings should be treated with respect and dignity. Not so in Brooklyn, where they regard screaming at someone to make a point, or calling a young female listener a slut, or shouting down a listener and calling him names to be acceptable behaviour. Seg Dennison seems to possess our good values, I enjoy listening to him, and I find him to be far superior in so many ways to Furman. It's been great to hear him in recent days. Yet, I don't think Daryl Parks is a very good person, nor do I think that he has the intelligence or the good midwestern values in his make-up that are necessary to remake the programming. I therefore believe that the chances of WLW ever dumping its trash radio personalities and actually offering wholesome sports entertainment during primetime hours are slim and none. It's too bad, because WLW used to have such good values and programming and was once upon a time a great radio staion for the Midwest.

at 10/22/2006 8:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, do you use spell check?

at 10/22/2006 10:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy Furman is swarmy and I hope that all his antics, gross-ness and quest to be the greatest radio entertainer have finally caught up with him.

I remember a close friend telling me about Furman years ago. She was an intern in the news department and Furman relentlessly hounded her about everything. who she was dating, where does she go, what does she do. The worst thing he would do each and every day
was he constantly tried to 'fake' a relationship between her and someone else at the station. The news department people would always say how sorry they were that Furman is such a jerk.. even told him several times to stop coming in the newsroom and saying weird things to the interns.

Finally someone got in Furman's face and told him to shut the %&#! up. That person is still at the station and is loved by all.

My friend always said that Andy Furman was a loose cannon...that one of these days he's going to be sued by a woman or a man he got too swarmy with. In those days, sexual harrassment lawsuits weren't heard of frequently. It would be a bombshell today.

Keep up the good work, Andy Furman! You're loud, obnoxious, swarmy and gross. Come on 700..pull the plug. Now.

at 10/22/2006 10:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

TJ would not win a libel/defamation suit against WLW. First as a public figure, TJ will have to prove that Furman went on air with a reckless regard for the truth rather than with simple negligence as well as actual malice with clear and convincing evidence. Finally there is no damage to TJ in this case to his reputation, emotional well being, or financial status, other than being fired for not showing up for his radio show, which would be a breach of his contract. Also in Philadelphia Newspapers vs. Hepps the Court ruled, "the Constitution protects opinion in the form of exaggerated rhetoric that cannot be reasonably be understood as a statement of fact". TJ has no case and should concentrate more on showing up to his appointments and catching the long ball.

at 10/22/2006 11:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if someone was e-mailing him with instructions on what to say? Is that not malicious?

at 10/22/2006 11:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Please God no Lance McAlister. He is so annoying it isn't even funny.

at 10/22/2006 11:47 AM Anonymous Kirk said...

I mostly agree with everyone that says Furman is just on vacation. HOWEVER, it's awfully weird that no one is talking about it. Not Cunningham and not Sloan (who ripped Furman for his remarks before the suspected suspension).

And the comment that someone made that if Furman was suspended for his comments, but not Cunningham's comments on Strickland, then yea, I too think that's a bit hypocritical. Then again, Clear Channel and the Bengals signed a big deal recently so I assume it's the station wanting to stay in good terms with one of their big breadwinners.

at 10/22/2006 11:58 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, the horrible people at WLW! Shame on them for reporting facts in the Strickland case...shame on Willie. Shame on Willie for reading what is on every blog and in every newspaper.

You people make me laugh.

at 10/22/2006 12:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Furman is evil....

Watch out for him on Halloween!!!!!!

at 10/22/2006 12:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

All right thinking people know that Furman is a first class jerk. What really amazes me, however, is how the other DJ's who work with him, such as Lapham, Johannson and Dennison, regularly treat Furman as if his commentary and crassness are normal and acceptable. They give him the lovable nickname "Furball," as if his brand of boorishmess is A-OK with them. I can see Lapham doing it, because he is a very, very immature person and engages in his own immature words and remarks at times. But, I can't explain Johannson's and Dennison's apparent acceptance of Furman's disgusting personality. Yet, it is a topsy turvy world and some things are simply inexplicable.

at 10/22/2006 12:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets see, half the Bengals have court dates and Furman is the bad guy? Maybe WLW should ban the Bengals from the station and refuse to air the games. Maybe we can start a petition to get the Bengals to leave town or at least not use the name Cincinnati.

at 10/23/2006 7:29 AM Blogger BrianDammit said...

Hey Anon11:58a. Since when did items in a smear campaign become facts? Sounds more like the only way Blackwell will win this election is by shredding voter forms like he did back in 2004.

There's more than one stink in this state but it's all apart of one rotten regime.

at 10/23/2006 11:30 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well according to Rick Bird in The Post today, WLW is way ahead of the pack being #1 in ratings and key demos. I wouldn't anticipate much of a change real soon. Ratings talk, period.

Cunningham, like most right wingers, are racists and homophobes in the name of God and apple pie. Why would anyone else on that station be any different. As for "Furball," takes one to call one...

at 10/23/2006 12:25 PM Blogger BrianDammit said...

Get out the tin foil hats! I think I smell another Cheap Channel stunt. Link via TinyURL:

In brief: one CC station's morning team suing another CC station's morning team.

at 10/23/2006 8:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above post is relevant. The two dudes at 96 Rock in Atlanta were fired today. What's really interesting is that it might mean anybody the 700 people decide to target through their ways could meet the same fate.

at 10/23/2006 11:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, the person who stated that most right wingers are biggots and homophobes show's his closed mindness and prejudices against people with a political idea. Pot meet kettle. I am conservative and proud of it...also I am far from a racist or biggot, never have been never will.

at 10/24/2006 7:54 AM Blogger BrianDammit said...

Anon11:37pm is quite right. Not every Conservative is a bigotted homophobe. They just seem that way. ;)

at 10/26/2006 1:51 PM Anonymous Anna B. said...

I enjoy listening to WLW for the entertainment factor, but I turn off the radio when Furman comes on. If his show is about sports why does he spend so much time "crying" and stiring the pot. One day he's ripping the Reds (Bengals, UC...insert team here) and the next he's kissing up to them. His "act" is very tiresome and if it's true that he's gone, I consider it a welcome upgrade to WLW's programing.

at 10/27/2006 12:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kupfxThere is a sales rep that goes by the nick name of B-Hop at the station who knows the entire story on how Furman got into the fix tghat he is in!!! And trust me when I tell you that Marvin Lewis is directly behind this entire escapade. John the station and ask For B-Hop and the onion will begin to unfold....I promise!

at 10/27/2006 6:35 PM Anonymous eneg said...


Was Andy's brother Randy also suspended? He hasn't been on the air either and we sure miss his wildly entertaining and brilliant contributions to WLW's programming.

at 11/02/2006 9:20 PM Blogger westsidejim said...

I can't stand Andy Furman. I listen to 700 as much as possible, however when Andy is on I tune into the "Buzz". It is a little more racist, but it is a better show overall. Andy just wants to start problems and not talk sports.

at 11/03/2006 12:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want Andy back!!!! He is much better than "Seg" !! 96.5 is now on my car program!!! This sucks!! I want a closher to this!!!

at 11/03/2006 9:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seg seems like a nice guy, but the world is full of nice guys who shouldn't be on the radio. Listening to him is like listening to paint dry. I can't believe there are so many people who have no interest in being entertained. It's friggin radio, people. It's supposed to be fun. Remember Orson Welles? Now THAT was a radio host who knew how to make stuff up. For the love of Furman, lighten up.

at 11/05/2006 7:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently emailed Daryl and Andy asking each where Andy was. Daryl never replied. Andy wrote that he expected to return shortly. I received an email from Andy on Nov. 01 that said he was terminated as of Nov 1.

WOW! That's terrible!

So John, tell us what's up with Andy Furhman! Is he the scape goat?

at 11/06/2006 3:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure that all the folks that knock Furman and his brand of radio, listend to howard Stern on a daily basis.

Managment should have stood by Andy.

Lie him or hate him, the ratings speak for themselves. He will be missed.

at 11/06/2006 4:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what makes me sick, so sick I could just nail a cat to a tree? The quotes by Housh, Punk A** White Boy is clearly a racist remark. Furman wasn't hiding anything, and what were to happen if a White man told Furman that ahh he is just a Punk A** Black man. I think something should be done about Housh's remarks just as bad as if it were said by a white man. This is hypocricy at it's lowest. I lost a lot of respect for both 700 wlw and Houshmandzadeh. They both were wrong, Furman should still be in a job and Housh should have been thrown through the ringer for that statement. I hope 700 wlw's ratings fall. Bad thing about it, is that there isnt' really much competition out there. 700 wlw are a bunch of freakin hypocrites and afraid to stand up for everyone's right's white or black. I flip wlw the bird with both hands. They suck.

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