Citing lower-than-expected ratings, Buckley Broadcasting’s WOR-AM New York is dropping Glenn Beck’s Premiere Radio Networks syndicated show after next week, opting instead for Salem Radio Network’s “The Mike Gallagher Show,” effective January 17th.
Before going national Gallagher was a local host on WABC-AM New York and he maintains homes in both New York and Dallas. “To join the WOR team is a real privilege. I’m excited to begin working towards the kind of ratings and revenue growth worthy of a legendary station like WOR,” Gallagher declared.
“Mike is a superb broadcaster with a real sensitivity for the issues surrounding New York. Since he will be broadcasting from our studios at ‘ground zero’ much of the time, Mike will have the unique advantage of commenting on our local issues that have National implications, said Jerry Crowley, Vice President & General Manager of WOR. He added that Gallagher’s show will air between the newly extended time frame of “The John Gambling Show” 6-10 am and Joan Hamburg’s show noon-2 pm. (Beck airs 9-noon ET.)
Gallagher’s show moves from Salem Communications O&O WNYM-AM NYC, where it airs evenings on tape delay rather than live.
RBR-TVBR observation: Obviously a big pick-up for Salem. Beck is huge coast-to-coast, but the New York market has always been unique and national tastes aren’t always in sync with the Big Apple. (Note the repeated failures of Country stations.) No doubt Beck will find a new home somewhere in the New York market. But for a while fans there will have to be contented with his Fox News Channel show and his website.