Opie & Anthony: Stronger Than "Dirt"
January 26, 2006 at 11:24 AM (PT)
Are the guys responsible for the infamous Sex In St. Patricks stunt behaving more like... well, alterboys? Not exactly, but in a NEW YORK DAILY NEWS article, OPIE & ANTHONY talked about what makes great radio, and it's not lots of dirty content.
GREGG HUGHES, a.k.a, OPIE, told the paper, "You know what's a good show? When we leave saying, yeah, those were funny bits off the news, that was really clever. We just want to be entertaining. Almost all of what we do could be on regular radio or anywhere, but the 'shock jock' stuff is how we got attention, so that's what still gets picked up on."
Regarding edgy content, ANTHONY CUMIA added, "If that was all we did, it would be boring. What we give people is interesting adult conversation - not necessarily about sex, just the things adults talk about, around the kitchen table or at a bar."
Claiming that WNEW/NEW YORK's former Talk format was "just one show away from working," HUGHES wondered why INFINITY didn't create one station that featuerd HOWARD STERN in the morning, and OPIE & ANTHONY in the afternoon. "Sure, we didn't get along with HOWARD, but so what? That was so logical," said HUGHES. CUMIA added, "And now, they're (CBS) trying a 'male talk' station after we and HOWARD are both gone. Amazing."
"They also should have put us on the air after ST PATRICK's," said HUGHES. "Yeah, they'd get some heat. Take it. Can you imagine the ratings? I just don't understand corporate thinking."
The duo agreed that STERN's move to SIRIUS should help both satellite radio services, but HUGHES questions STERN's strength, saying, "I think he's lost his passion to do it. At some point it's also going to affect him that he's got maybe 10% of his old audience. If he's lucky. And he's got pressure that we don't. If we fail, XM goes on. If he fails, SIRIUS goes with him."