Opie And Anthony, JV And Elvis Battle In On-Air Argument
September 28, 2006 at 8:04 AM (PT)
The tension between OPIE AND ANTHONY and the show that follows them on CBS Talk WFNY (92.3 FREE FM)/NEW YORK erupted into an on-air argument THURSDAY when O&A's show ran 20 minutes long and middayers JV AND ELVIS complained on the air about the delay of the start of their show.
O&A's show stayed on the air late because of the continuing battle between ANTHONY CUMIA and officials at a hospital over an incident in which ANTHONY's girlfriend was involuntarily committed after being taken to the hospital ill and in an intoxicated state by an alarmed ANTHONY. ANTHONY's telephone argument with a hospital representative kept the show on the air past the usual 9a ET "crossover" to XM SATELLITE RADIO; meanwhile, JV AND ELVIS complained to WFNY management, and then on the air, about the delay. After O&A moved over to XM at about 9:20a and got wind of JV AND ELVIS' on-air complaints, they called into JV AND ELVIS' show to confront the middayers.
...deal with it or get another gig.
"I don't give a crap about the schedule. If we want to go late, we're going to go late," OPIE told JV AND ELVIS. After JV AND ELVIS claimed that O&A didn't earn their syndication and said that HOWARD STERN had earned the stations with O&A merely the replacements, O&A sidekick JIM NORTON responded by asking, "Why weren't you the replacement? Why did they stick you in middays?" JV AND ELVIS said on the air that they were discussing going back to where they had been successful in the past, an apparent reference to returning to SAN FRANCISCO.
"It'll happen more in the future," OPIE said, referring to staying on the air past 9a, "so you'll have to deal with it or get another gig."
JV and ELVIS continued trashing the morning show (denigrating OPIE as a "board op") and taking anti-O&A phone calls well into the show, with OPIE, ANTHONY (on the phone from his home), and NORTON listening in and commenting on XM and arguing with JV and ELVIS. OPIE noted that "it must burn (JV and ELVIS) up that a board op is doing better than (them)." "New midday show... coming to FREE FM," ANTHONY laughed, adding that he was "nude and shampooing" during the whole argument.