SYRACUSE -- Six weeks after joining the lineup at FM Newsradio 106.9 and 570 WSYR, afternoon talk show host Bob Lonsberry is making front page news. A profile on the Rochester-based host appeared on the front page of the Syracuse Post-Standard today. Former afternoon host Jim Reith responded on Facebook.
Reporter Hart Seeley says Lonsberry ignored requests to be interviewed for the story, but that didn't stop him. The piece shares some information about Lonsberry's career and personal life. There was also the obligatory mention that Lonsberry hosts his WSYR show from the studios of sister station WHAM in Rochester. Lonsberry lives near Rochester, and hosts a three-hour midday show there, which ends an hour before he hits the air in Syracuse. Seeley also recalled the contoversy which resulted in a short suspension from WHAM in 2003.
Without Lonsberry not availing himself, Seeley interviewed Clear Channel Syracuse GM Joel Delmonico instead. Delmonico reflected on his decision to fire longtime host Jim Reith (for being too "centrist") and replacing him with the more-polarizing Lonsberry.
I've been getting lots of messages about the article on todays front page. I'll say again, my time spent at WSYR was fantastic, i loved every minute of it. I'm moving on and ahead, my next job will be made clear to everyone soon, and I wish Bob nothing but the absolute best. Be patient, I'm in the process of finalizing a job that has me really really excited!
On the air today, Lonsberry said he ignored Seeley's requests for an interview because he "smelled a hatchet job." But, after seeing the article, Lonsberry praised Seeley's work, calling the article fair and accurate.
Lonsberry's show airs weekdays from 3-6pm. What used to be the fourth hour of Reith's show has since been replaced by "The WSYR 6:00 News," hosted by Kevin Schenk and George Kilpatrick.