Competition, Critics Speak On O&A Move
April 21, 2006 at 6:15 AM (PT)
The competition is buzzing about the pending return of OPIE AND ANTHONY to CBS, and the team's former PD at WAAF/BOSTON, ENTERCOM/BOSTON Dir./FM Programming RON VALERI, told ALL ACCESS that "as a global thinker, a proponent of terrestrial radio, and as the PD who discovered OPIE AND ANTHONY and first put them on in BOSTON at WAAF some years ago, I'm glad I'm able to help save CBS RADIO by finding them a morning show for WBCN and many of their other stations.
"Strange as it sounds, I feel good about doing my part to keep FM radio out in front. WAAF's already great morning show will now get even better as a result of a new challenge. Just one question, though: What will CBS and WBCN do about the terrible ratings that they'll continue to have from 10a on? I'm afraid I can't help them with that. BTW, JOEL, ROB, and other CBS brass ... no need to send me a thank you gift basket ... please make a donation to the hungry instead -- that would be the WBCN sales staff."
Thou Art Forgiven
And for his part, CATHOLIC LEAGUE President WILLIAM DONOHUE, whose complaints about the "Sex for SAM" ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL incident were instrumental in O&A's firing from WNEW/NEW YORK in 2002, issued a statement approving the team's return, saying that "to those who say 'you can't go home again,' I say nonsense: in the year and a half that OPIE AND ANTHONY have been on XM SATELLITE, not a single complaint has reached our office about anything they've said.
"Indeed, when the two shock jocks were picked up by XM, their producer called one morning and asked if I would go on the air with them. Though I had some reservations, I said yes, and was immediately put through. They made it clear that they regretted the ST. PATRICK’s stunt. We mixed it up for a bit and had a great time. In short, the CATHOLIC LEAGUE hopes OPIE AND ANTHONY have a great run on CBS RADIO."