New WABC Lineup Includes Return Of Curtis And Kuby, Addition Of Pat Kiernan
January 2, 2014 at 6:05 AM (PT)
CUMULUS is unveiling its new post-LIMBAUGH/HANNITY lineup at Talk WABC-A/NEW YORK, and THE NEW YORK TIMES reports that the station is bringing back its old morning show CURTIS AND KUBY for noon-3p, and, after the previously-announced move of CUMULUS' MICHAEL SAVAGE to afternoons 3-5p, a local hour for 5-6p hosted by TIME WARNER NY1 anchor PAT KIERNAN.
The moves follow the loss of PREMIERE's RUSH LIMBAUGH and the dropping of PREMIERE's SEAN HANNITY from the WABC lineup; both shows are now on crosstown WOR-A.
CURTIS SLIWA returns to WABC after six years; he has been hosting mornings and afternoons on crosstown SALEM Talk WNYM-A (AM 970 THE ANSWER), and is being paired once again with attorney RON KUBY. DON IMUS remains in morning drive, with GERALDO RIVERA, now local, doing 10a-noon.
CUMULUS EVP/Co-COO JOHN DICKEY said, "We're delivering on our pledge to invest in localized content that will entertain, inform and engage listeners while also providing advertisers unique opportunities to reach their customers on a sustained basis."
SLIWA said, "Ever since I've left 77 WABC, everywhere I go people have asked me if and when I would ever reunite with RON KUBY, because that was a great show! At a time when New Yorkers are starved for information and entertainment, I'm thrilled that we'll be able to offer it to them on the greatest news/talk station this country has ever seen."
KUBY said, "I am thrilled to be back at legendary 77 WABC radio with the CURTIS & KUBY show -- it is a new day for NEW YORK CITY and a new afternoon for NEW YORK radio!"
KIERNAN, who will be joined by a co-host to be named later, said, "My first broadcasting job was in radio so this is a natural way for me to extend my connection with New Yorkers. I see this as a great way for listeners to reconnect after the workday. We're going to hit the big local stories, but we also want to plug into the conversation of the day. That can include anything from pop culture to sports to the hot topic on Twitter."
RIVERA said, "NEW YORK has always been in my bloodstream throughout my entire career understanding and discussing issues that affect everyday New Yorkers. This new honed-in focus on NEW YORK will bring to light many issues and stories that have yet to be debated. Our show will be the laboratory to find out what works and what solutions are possible."