Westwood One Taking Larry King Off Radio

December 8, 2009 by

When the new year rings in, you'll need cable or satellite television to keep up with broadcasting legend Larry King. Westwood One recently announced they're taking King's show off the radio at the end of this year, ending a 52-year run in national radio syndication.

According to an article posted by Radio Online, the syndicator will be replacing King's show with an encore presentation of the Fred Thompson Show, which airs live at noon eastern.  The article says Westwood One told affiliates "Thompson's 'appeal and demographics are inline with those of Larry King' and that his show is 'produced exclusively for radio.'"

By contrast, Larry King hasn't done a show exclusively for radio in 15 years; since 1994, his radio show has simply been a simulcast of his CNN television show.

Locally, King's show is carried by CNY Talk Radio 1390 (WFBL) in Syracuse.  The station also carries Thompson, tape-delayed at 4pm.  No word yet on whether WFBL will take the offered re-run, or if other programming will fill the timeslot.

2 comments on “Westwood One Taking Larry King Off Radio”

  1. If anyone's interested, Phil Valentine replaced Larry King - Valentine had been carried previously early in the morning on weekends (around 4:00 am I believe).


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