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Joe Piscopo Now Regrets the Muscles Phase

JoePiscopoWNYMIs it saying much that Joel Siegel’s New York Daily News interview with radio host Joe Piscopo is more entertaining than anything on this fall’s run of SNL episodes not involving Jim Carrey and Matthew McConaughey? Maybe not; but you should be sure to read it nonetheless.

The 63-year-old Piscopo is rolling along these days as a morning show host on AM 970′s The Answer (a.k.a. WNYM). He’s a perfect fit for the job, and with this new media success comes an ability to look back very honestly at some of his personal missteps:

His “bad choices,” Piscopo said, include “silly things like running off with the babysitter” — that would be his son’s sitter, Kimberly Driscoll, 18, whom he eventually married and divorced — and bulking up so much, he once did a cover shoot for Muscle & Fitness magazine in 1990.

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Listeners Pick Radio Station’s New Voice

Good idea? Bad idea? Regardless of which side of the argument you choose, there’s no doubt this is a sign of the Internet, American Idol and crowd-funding times.

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The new promo-voice of Toronto radio station 88.1 FM (a.k.a. Indie88) is Jennifer Mercer. She was announced on-air this morning after the station narrowed down submissions to five finalists and then asked the listening public to vote:

Jen is a Torontonian who has held a variety of part-time jobs, including being a Katy Perry impersonator – a job she said she is anxious to put behind her now that she’s won. She’s also a copywriter, graphic design professor, voiceover artist and plays in a band.

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Westwood One News Unveils Correspondents

WestwoodOneNewsLogoEarlier this month, Westwood One announced it was launching its own news service:

Powered by CNN, Westwood One News will provide stations around-the-clock news updates from one to five minutes in length. Additional programming will include live two-ways with both Westwood One and CNN correspondents, special reports, live feeds of breaking news and sound bites for local news production.

Now comes the related staffing news. Per an announcement today, CNN’s Steve Kastenbaum has been tapped to head up the service’s New York City bureau as senior correspondent. Crossing over in D.C. meanwhile will be NBC News Radio’s Bob Costantini:

Kastenbaum, for the past year, has worked at CNN as as a producer, reporter and CNN Newsource correspondent. Recently, he reported from Ferguson, Missouri on violent clashes between protesters and police. His coverage of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and investigative work on the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal resulted in several exclusive reports.

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New York Radio Vet Judy DeAngelis Retires

This is what it sounds like when a 26-year 1010 WINS veteran (Judy DeAngelis) signs off, for the final time, on a Tuesday morning:

And this is what it sounds like when a colleague (WCBS-FM’s Dan Taylor) sets his farewell to music:

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Joan Hamburg Returns to New York Radio Airwaves

Fans of Joan Hamburg were very unhappy with WOR 710 AM when the station unceremoniously dumped her earlier this year, without the chance to do a farewell show. But after a summer recharging, the veteran radio personality has returned.

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Starting this Saturday at 1 p.m., the 79-year-old “First Lady of New York Radio” will host a two-hour weekly show on WABC 770 AM. From this week’s glorious announcement:

Hamburg will continue discussing the most important social, economic and political issues that impact listeners’ lives each week. Hamburg will also interview major celebrities and powerful political figures on the program.

Hamburg will also produce weekly features and exclusive programs available in digital formats. In addition, The Joan Hamburg Show programs pre-empted by sports play-by-play will be presented on the 77 WABC stream and within other 77 WABC digital products.

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Radio Show Offers Forensic Analysis of Sam Kinison’s Soul

This week’s edition of The Outer Limits of Inner Truth kicks off with audio from one of comedian Sam Kinison‘s many hilarious bits. The one about the dichotomies of world hunger:

“You see a little [starving] kid out there [on TV] and you know, the film crew could give this kid a sandwich… You know there’s a director, five feet away, going, ‘Don’t feet him yet! Get that sandwich out of here!! It doesn’t work unless he looks hungry!’”

While the overall spiritual POV of this radio program is certainly not everybody’s cup of tea, it’s yet another reminder of just how far and wide the audience net has been cast thanks to the power of the Internet. Fans of the comedian will definitely want to bookmark and listen to the September 11 episode of this Star Com Radio Network offering, as it features a lengthy interview with the comedian’s brother Bill, who also co-authored the 1994 book Brother Sam. The portion of the conversation covering Sam’s interactions with Robin Williams is newly poignant. (Starts at 57:30 mark.)

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Barbra Streisand Town Hall Anchors Limited-Time SiriusXM Channel [Updated]

ShutterstockBarbraStreisandLaunching Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET and running through Friday October 10, SiriusXM’s Barbra Streisand Channel will allow fans to bask in a non-stop flow of the singer’s catalog. From her 1963 debut right through to her new album Partners, releasing September 16.

It’s a clever way to promote Streisand’s new LP and comes with the benefit of an exclusive interview on Sunday. From today’s announcement:

The Barbra Streisand Channel will feature an exclusive “Town Hall” special with Streisand. Streisand will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with a select group of listeners in the SiriusXM studios in New York City.

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Vin Scully Laps KFWB

VinScullyDodgerStadiumLiving legend Vin Scully was born in 1927. Two years after the launch of Los Angeles AM radio station KFWB, originally owned by a group that included Warner Bros. co-founder Sam Warner.

All these years later, there was on the west coast the equivalent of a media “safe” call for Scully and a base-path-umpires-appeal “out” verdict for KFWB. While the 86-year-old broadcaster announced Tuesday that he is returning for another glorious season of radio and TV work in 2015, KFWB indicated last Friday that it will be switching to a mostly syndicated all-sports format in September. (The radio station, currently owned by CBS and held in a FCC-rules related trust, adopted its current all-news approach in 1968.)

We’re a bit surprised that at press time, neither the LA Register or LA Times appear to have reported on the KFWB switch. Although both papers rely mostly on freelance radio columnists now, this is media news that merits a scheduled editorial calendar pre-empt.

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Stephen A. Smith Headed to Sirius [Updated]

StephenARuoccoLogoWe agree with New York Daily News sports media columnist Bob Raissman. The idea of Stephen A. Smith moving from New York’s ESPN Radio to Sirius XM is ripe with possibilities:

Smith will soon leave ESPN 98.7 FM and take his verbal stylings to SXM’s Mad Dog Radio, where he will host his own show, according to satellite radio sources. Smith currently co-hosts a 1 p.m.-3 p.m. program with Ryan Ruocco on 98.7…

The idea of Smith working freestyle in the uncensored world of satellite radio is fascinating. SAS has gone right up to the line, and sometimes crossed it, as he did on Friday on ESPN’s First Take when he went on a rant concerning Ray Rice’s two-game suspension and implied some women should be blamed for domestic violence.

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Howard Stern Calls In to Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusXM Debut

With Perez Hilton sitting in-studio as Jenny McCarthy‘s guest, Howard Stern called in from the car to help kick-start the first edition of her new program Dirty, Sexy, Funny. Fyi, the audio below is Not Safe for Work.

Stern loves to give others wise ratings advice. Off the top, he told McCarthy that instead of debating whether every man is a “little bit gay,” she should be talking about her days with Jim Carrey.

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