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Clear Channel Layoffs Begin at WOR; David Paterson and Joy Browne Axed

It was only a matter of time at WOR. It’s the sense of radio insiders that staffers at the venerable news/talk station were on borrowed time since Clear Channel purchased the 710 frequency in August.

Now, FishbowlNY has learned that numerous changes have taken place at WOR, with others still possible, all within days of Christmas. Here’s what we know at this point. Midday host, Dr. Joy Browne is out. The psychologist spent 15 years dishing advice to callers on WOR.

Mike Huckabee‘s syndicated show has been dropped.

A source close to the information tells FishbowlNY that only scratches the surface.

“All local show promos are off… news department will be absorbed into Total Traffic. It’s a bloodbath there today.”

Part of that bloodbath, we’re told, is the dismissal of former New York Governor David Paterson. The unorthodox hire joined WOR for a weekday two-hour show, succeeding Steve Malzberg in September 2011.

Paterson’s spokesman confirmed the firing to FishbowlNY.

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Radio Host Steve Malzberg Gets Fill-in Duty for Curtis Sliwa at The Apple 970

Steve Malzberg is getting some quality time with listeners this week. The former WOR host, on the radio sidelines since September when he was dropped by WOR in favor of former Governor David Paterson, will host the morning show on The Apple 970/WNYM all week from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.  The conservative talker, Malzberg fills in for his longtime friend and former WABC colleague, Curtis Sliwa, his “step-brother in solidarity.”

In other Sliwa news, reportedly his afternoon on-air partner Gerson Borrero is off the broadcast. FishbowlNY has made multiple attempts to reach the Apple program director, Peter Thiele.

According to the WNYM Website, Sliwa is listed as solo host from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

FishbowlNY: Year in Review

As we get ready to usher in 2012, let’s take one more look at the biggest broadcasting stories that FishbowlNY covered in 2011.

In January, Scott Clark closes out a brilliant career at WABC, retiring after nearly a quarter-century at Channel 7.

Maurice DuBois makes his debut as WCBS/Channel 2 lead anchor when he is promoted to nights opposite Kristine Johnson. Chris Wragge shifts his energy to The Early Show, but that wasn’t the last we would hear from him.

Also as 2011 began, veteran radio talk host Curtis Sliwa adds an afternoon shift to his Apple/WNYM duties.

In February, among the notable events, WNBC/Channel 4 welcomes home Shiba Russell from Boston. She was named weekend anchor with David Ushery. Russell fueled speculation that she was Sue Simmons’ “heir apparent,” as the main (if not exclusive) fill-in for the legendary anchor, who started at Channel 4 in 1980.

On the radio, Craig Allen, a veteran in his own right, agrees to a three-year extension as WCBS 880’s chief meteorologist. Two months later, Allen marked 30 years at the station.

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Ousted WOR Talker Steve Malzberg Appears With The Apple’s Curtis Sliwa Today

It’s been five weeks since WOR Radio opted to replace controversial afternoon host Steve Malzberg with former Governor David Paterson.

This morning, Malzberg fans can get their fix as he guests with former WABC colleague Curtis Sliwa on the Apple/970 WNYM. He’s scheduled to appear at 7:25 a.m.

“I love Curtis and I am so thrilled that he has reached out to me,” Malzberg tells FishbowlNY. “This should be a lot of fun.”

Since leaving WOR, Malzberg has made some fill-in hosting appearances at KLIF in Dallas. The staunch right-winger also just signed with the Garden State Journal as the paper’s leading local columnist. The new online and print newspapers launches November 15th. (See commercial with Malzberg below).

As for the possibility of getting a regular role at The Apple, a succinct Malzberg says, “We are talking to all who will listen!”

WLTW Stays on Top, WKTU Pulls Closer in September

The September PPM ratings were just released by Arbitron. WLTW/Lite FM maintain number one, but there’s a rare logjam at the top.

While no loss to the cume (average listenership), WLTW did see the overall rating drop off.  Clear Channel’s Soft Adult Contemporary juggernaut slipped from a 6.2 in August to 5.8.

The steady rise of sister station WKTU is almost complete. The Dance station improved from a 5.2 to 5.6.

No gain for WCBS-FM at 5.4, but now as a third-place radio station.

Z100/WHTZ trended backwards from a 5.1 to 4.9.

However, WINS made the biggest gains of the month, a full point to 4.2.

Rocker WAXQ/Q 104.3 was steady as she goes, joining WINS with a 4.2.

As the Yankees made a playoffs push, WCBS-AM took a .2 advantage to 4.1.

More highlights from the radio ratings after the jump.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Steve Malzberg Out at WOR, Replaced by Former Governor Paterson , Sept. 1 (left)
  2. Conde Nast Launches New Social Tool, Aug. 29
  3. New York Times Photographer Has Legs Blown Off, Takes More Pictures, Aug. 30
  4. Patch Gets Big Traffic Bump from Hurricane Irene, Aug. 29
  5. TV Stations Go Wall-to-Wall for Irene Coverage All Weekend, Aug. 28
  6. Michelle Obama Graces the Cover of October Essence, Aug. 31

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Former Governor David Paterson Gets a ‘Surprise’ as WOR Afternoon Host

From the statehouse to the studio. 

Former Governor David Paterson, who had been a frequent fill-in for morning man John Gambling, takes over the slot on a regular basis starting next week.

Unlike his predecessor, though, Paterson’s show will not be heard nationally on the WOR Radio Network.

“They don’t want me to worry about everything being national,” Paterson tells FishbowlNY. “They want me to start out being local. That’s kind of a debate that’s going back and forth between them.”

While Paterson would certainly welcome the larger listenership, he’s happy to focus on what he knows best.

“Rather than take on the added pressure of trying to be interesting to a national audience, [they want me to] start with something I know–the local audience,” Paterson admits. “That’s where my experience has been during the Gambling show.”

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Steve Malzberg Out at WOR, Replaced by Former Governor David Paterson

The tenure of conversative talker Steve Malzberg at WOR Radio is over. Malzberg was replaced today by former New York Governor David Paterson.

Starting next week, Paterson will take over the 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. slot in New York and across the country on the WOR Radio Network.

“When he started filling in, I think [WOR managment] they fell in love with him,” Malzberg tells FishbowlNY. “[Paterson] impressed a lot of people.”

Paterson, since leaving Albany in late 2010, has also been a fill-in radio host on 77 WABC and WFAN.

Malzberg says he doesn’t get surprised much by the industry.

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WOR Host Steve Malzberg Critical of Sheriff in Wake of Deadly Shootings

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (right) battles for her life following a shooting spree over the weekend in Arizona that killed six people. The suspect, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, was charged with five criminal counts, including an attempt to assassinate. 

At a press conference Saturday, the Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said certain talk show hosts should be held accountable.

“…The vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government, the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in the country is getting to be outrageous.”

Dupnik went on to say that Arizona has “become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.” 

WOR afternoon talk show host Steve Malzberg thought it was inappropriate for the sheriff to make those comments.

“You want to go on TV when a law is passed, as a sheriff and say you disagree with the law, I don’t begrudge him that,” Malzberg says. “That tipped us to where he is politically. Then to exploit the situation, after hours such a shooting and say what he said—I think he should step down. I think that crossed the line.”

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CNN Searches For Conservative, Liberal Voices To Square Off

cnnlogo.jpgOur colleagues at FishbowlLA have some exclusive news today: CNN is auditioning talent in the hopes of casting one conservative and one liberal host for a new “Crossfire” type of show.

FBLA has some ideas about who the news network might be looking at:

A few on the liberal side were Steve A. Smith of ESPN, Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks, Roland Martin who’s already on Campbell Brown‘s show frequently and Errol Louis a CNN contributor.

On the conservative side were radio personalities Roe Conn from Chicago, Joe Watkins from Philadelphia and Steve Malzberg from New Jersey. Plus frequent Glenn Beck fill-in Joe Pagliarulo from Texas.

Who do you think would be good for the show? Leave suggestions for co-hosts — and show names — in the comments.

FishbowlLA: FBLA Exclusive: CNN is Auditioning Talent For New Show

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