Mancow, Talk Coming to 96.5 FM
Apologies to you who want to read about TV, but the buzz today is about radio...
Three radio industry trade publications/Web sites are reporting that Mancow, the Chicago-based syndicated morning personality, will be the morning drive show for a new talk format on 96.5. Trades say the talk format – the first on a commercial FM station here – could be launched by Cumulus next week, on or near Nov. 1. Besides "Mancow’s Morning Madhouse," the station could pick up Bill O’Reilly’s "The Radio Factor," now heard noon-2 p.m. on
Cumulus corporate program director John Dickey hasn’t responded to my phone and email messages, so I don’t have confirmation. Mark Masters, who syndicates Mancow, also hasn't return my calls.
Here’s what Tom Taylor reports in Inside Radio:
"Looks like Cumulus is going for a new FM talker in Cincy, led by Mancow. Remember that Cumulus sold the intellectural property of rhythmic AC "MOJO" to Radio One for a cool $5 million and had been simulcasting country "Star" WYGY on both its old 96.5 location and the former MOJO on 94.9. Next week they’ll end that simulcast and leave "Star" at 94.9. And up at 96.5 they’ll install an FM talk format with syndicated shows like Mancow (confirmed by Mark Masters at Talk Radio Network). And with (according to the rumor mill) Premiere’s Glenn Beck, Dave Ramsey and Westwood One’s Bill O’Reilly. No confirmation on any of those shows outside of Mancow."
All Access reports essentially the same thing, but adds that Phil Valentine from
So will talk work on FM here?
I went to WLW-AM’s "BengalsLine" broadcast at Rick’s Tavern in
So will talk radio succeed here on FM?