Smerconish Gets Syndicated
January 7, 2009 at 12:50 PM (PT)
CBS RADIO and DIAL GLOBAL will offer CBS Talk WPHT-A/PHILADELPHIA morning host MICHAEL SMERCONISH in syndication. SMERCONISH, whose morning show airs on WPHT and sister Talk WHFS-A/WASHINGTON, will do an additional two-hour show noon-2p ET for syndication starting FEBRUARY 2nd, and the morning show will be available for syndication as well. BUCKLEY Talk WOR-A/NEW YORK has signed up for the new two-hour edition and will air it 8-10p weeknights. DIAL GLOBAL will handle advertising and affiliate sales for the program.
"We are thrilled to partner with MICHAEL SMERCONISH and CBS RADIO and expand his program nationally," said DIAL GLOBAL co-President DAVID LANDAU. "MICHAEL takes compelling positions on both sides of the issues and successfully moves the dialogue beyond politics alone. No doubt that is why his ratings track record in PHILLY is so strong against industry titans."
CBS RADIO VP of Programming CHRIS OLIVIERO said, "MICHAEL has been preparing many years for this next step in his career. We are excited to not only continue with MICHAEL on our market leading stations for many years to come, but to now share his unique perspective with the rest of the country."
"I have wanted to replicate my success in PHILADELPHIA on the national stage for some time," said SMERCONISH. "Now, with DIAL GLOBAL and CBS RADIO, I have a partnership with the organizational depth and reach to roll out the type of entertaining and issues oriented program that I am privileged to host. Guest hosting for 'THE RADIO FACTOR WITH BILL O'REILLY' and appearing and guest hosting on MSNBC television has prepared me well. I’m ready for launch!"
"Listeners all over America are looking for a fresh and unpredictable talent who sees the issues from all sides -- MICHAEL is just that person," said DIAL GLOBAL SVP, News and Talk AMY BOLTON. "He is poised to be the next great radio talk star."