All Access Confirms Details Of O&A CBS Deal
April 21, 2006 at 7:21 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS has confirmed that OPIE AND ANTHONY will be starting at CBS RADIO's WFNY-F (92.3 FREE FM)/NEW YORK and six other CBS stations on WEDNESDAY (4/26), replacing DAVID LEE ROTH, who did his last show TODAY (4/21).
In addition, ALL ACCESS has learned that in at least one market, CLEVELAND, the show will be heard in afternoons on WXRK (92.3 K-ROCK) rather than mornings at WNCX, and that syndication rights will remain with O&A and their agent ROBERT EATMAN.
The CLEVELAND change, which allows syndicated morning man ROVER and O&A to co-exist on one station rather than having O&A replace ROTH directly, is a departure from previous reports in the trade and mainstream press. O&A will do three hours simulcast on the CBS stations and XM from WFNY's studios, followed by two more uncensored hours on XM from their present studio. An official press release may be released as early as TODAY; a CBS representative confirmed to ALL ACCESS that ROTH has done his last show for the company.
What if this whole thing is our latest prank?
O&A, opening their FRIDAY show with a pair of parodies of ROTH's version of "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" featuring lyrics ripping ROTH's radio performance, hinted that the reports of their impending return to terrestrial radio were true but didn't confirm or deny anything.
ANTHONY CUMIA, in a segment about a late-night exchange of important faxes and his and partner GREGG "OPIE" HUGHES' changing roles in the management of their career, said that "business ventures, things are going on" involving themselves and "superagent BOB EATMAN," and OPIE added that it was "probably the biggest day in my radio career ... and I'm asleep."
"How funny would it be if I decided not to sign this and just walk away?", OPIE mused, suggesting that they could replace him with another guy with red hair. Fill-in sidekick PATRICE O'NEAL tried to get the boys to talk about a CBS deal, asking if the show would be moving to "a new place," but couldn't get O&A to slip.
"What if this whole thing is our latest prank?", OPIE asked, with ANTHONY agreeing "why can't we just push it a little further?... The greatest prank ever." The pair discussed the picture attached to JOHN MAINELLI's NEW YORK POST article about them in TODAY's paper but didn't address the report itself, preferring to approve of the photo of themselves in the rival DAILY NEWS instead.
Saying that they would discuss the details MONDAY, OPIE said "we're just gonna have fun with everything today." He suggested that reports in the media have details of the pending deal wrong and that "we still have things to work out," and hinted at additional deals for more programming on their XM "HIGH VOLTAGE" channel and other projects. OPIE also said that he got a call from CITADEL boss FARID SULEMAN ("Stupid FARID"), who told him "don't blow this one ... it's in your DNA to f--- up."