Cunningham Miffed That WLW Didn't Carry Full Syndicated Show
October 9, 2007 at 5:42 AM (PT)
Longtime CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WLW-A/CINCINNATI host BILL CUNNINGHAM made his debut replacing MATT DRUDGE in national syndication via PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS on SUNDAY, but the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER's JOHN KIESEWETTER reports that WILLIE is miffed that his own home station did not carry the third hour of the show. The show airs live 10p-1a, and WLW dropped the third hour in order to carry "AMERICA'S TRUCKING NETWORK" starting at midnight.
CUNNINGHAM said he didn't know the third hour didn't air, adding, "I'm upset. I don't feel the station is supporting me." Noting that CITADEL Talk WABC-A/NEW YORK carried all three hours, CUNNINGHAM said, "If I'm good enough to be on WABC, I'm good enough to be on 700 WLW."
If I'm good enough to be on WABC, I'm good enough to be on 700 WLW.
OM DARRYL PARKS told KIESEWETTER that the station has technical issues requiring it to switch to the long-running truckers' show, which it produces and sends out to other stations via satellite, and that CUNNINGHAM knew of the schedule. PARKS said he wanted to start the new CUNNINGHAM show at 9p, but PREMIERE wanted to keep the DRUDGE schedule. DRUDGE aired in the market live on sister Talk WKRC-A.