War Of Words: O&A Vs. Mancow
March 29, 2007 at 8:00 AM (PT)
OPIE AND ANTHONY declared war on MANCOW THURSDAY, calling the TALK RADIO NETWORK host out on his "Foundation for Responsible Radio" campaign. Spotting an interview with MANCOW on the Internet in which he said O&A are "failing miserably. They’re in last place in CHICAGO, and I told JOEL HOLLANDER to his face that would happen. These are no-talent individuals and they cannot survive in a post-JANET JACKSON or post-9/11 world," O&A ripped MANCOW on several fronts, including his loss of his CHICAGO and DES MOINES affiliates, his use of staged calls and guests (including, at one point, O&A sidekick JIM NORTON playing a child molester), and his conversion to calling for an end to "shock jocks."
On the XM SATELLITE RADIO portion of THURSDAY's show, O&A attempted to get onto MANCOW's show to challenge him, but the bit didn't work out exactly as planned. Posing as a caller ("TONY from NEW YORK," listening on the Internet) interested in discussing the IRAN-BRITAIN crisis, ANTHONY called into MANCOW's show (instructed by the screener to start his call by telling MANCOW "love you, love the show"), made it onto the air, started discussing the IRAN situation, but got cut off before he could get any shots in. ANTHONY called back as "STEVE from DENVER," but after being outed by the screener ("is this OPIE or ANTHONY?") and challenging MANCOW to talk on the air, the call was aborted (ANTHONY blamed O&A "pests" for tipping the MANCOW crew off). Later, OPIE called in (using a more conciliatory tone) to get on MANCOW's show, but the MANCOW screener, saying that they'd made his previous half-hour a "living hell," declined and hung up.
"Brave guy in print," ANTHONY said of MANCOW, while OPIE called him a "pussyboy."