94.1 WYSP To Woo Listeners With 8000th Spin Of Godsmack

12 Sep


The Rock Is Back is the new slogan for WYSP (94.1), which at 5 p.m. Thursday is expected to announce that it will dump its guy-oriented talk format in favor of a mix of rock and talk.

Gone will be the Barsky Show, Scotty & Alex, and Matt & Huggy, plus late-night fare including Loveline and John & Jeff. Paul Barsky himself is expected to remain under contract at the station, as will Vinnie the Crumb, who does work on the CBS station’s Eagles broadcasts. Barsky sidekick Kim Douglas was let go.

Opie & Anthony, the New York-based syndicated morning talk show, will remain, as will Kidd Chris, on afternoons. (Chris’ producer, Brad Maybe, and sidekick Monkeyboy, were let go.)

Opie & Anthony are in Philadelphia for live shows Thursday and Friday, leading up to their concert appearance Saturday at the Tweeter Center.

WYSP, once a dominant force in Philadelphia, has seen a steep ratings decline since morning host Howard Stern left for satellite radio in December 2005. In the July Arbitron ratings, WYSP was ranked ninth among its bread-and-butter audience of men ages 18 to 34. It had toyed with a number of images recently, including Free FM and 94 YSP Talks.

The station seemed committed to a talk format as recently as June, when it let go longtime programmer Gil Edwards. Station sources said Edwards had lobbied for a return to rock but was rebuffed by management.

Apparently what people in the Delaware Valley want is to listen to the same lame rock songs over and over and over and over. Haven’t these geniuses heard of CDs, iPods, etc.? The only thing keeping WYSP afloat at all was the talk. I seriously doubt WYSP will be anywhere but down and out in the next 2 years.

They also decimate Kidd Chris’ show in the process of all this upheaval, letting go a quality producer in Brad Maybe and a quality radio personality in Monkeyboy. So the way to improve the ratings for a show is to let go two vital cogs, essentially ensuring that the show does not run smoothly…how any of this makes sense I’ll never know. The Kidd Show website and forum are both down. Sign up for the email list there to catch any updates about the future of the show.

FRESH 94.1 2 years and counting…


32 Responses to “94.1 WYSP To Woo Listeners With 8000th Spin Of Godsmack”

  1. Beaker the Intern September 13, 2007 at 1:46 am #

    September 12: WYSP fails miserably at life

    I heard about this nonsense just a few hours after it occurred yesterday. What a tragedy. I knew all those guys personally, having interned at the Kidd Chris Show until mid-August.
    Although Monk and Brad Maybe only made spot appearances as on-air personalities, they contributed a tremendous amount to the show; far more than the average listener realizes.
    Podcasts from today’s show were not posted on the WYSP website. The fact that this didn’t get done (formerly a task undertaken by Monkeyboy) is surely the beginning of the downward slide that we can expect in the near future.

  2. Dead Revolver September 13, 2007 at 1:05 pm #

    Screw the suits at ysp. They dont know what theyre doing. like the article said, Taking away 2 vital(one i could take or leave.)cogs of the kidd chris show then erasing there whole program list around kidd chris.What are they going to do there!? Replay clips from O&A and Kiddchris all day? The station is taking the route of Budd Dywer and killing its self publically.

  3. The Sweez September 13, 2007 at 3:11 pm #

    I’m kinda glad, the only talk i listened to on 94 was the kidd chris show. Of course I’m only one voice out of many and I’m sure a lot of people loved the talk aspect. But Barsky, Scotty, and Alex, and Love Line were about as entertaining, and lewd as watching my dog lick himself. I’m glad music will be back, even though it will be the same cookie cutter music we have been hearing for a while now, but lets face it, Philly needs more rock stations so I for one will accept it with open arms.

  4. Dude Bazzy September 13, 2007 at 6:46 pm #

    I personally enjoyed all the talk throughout the day, and if I wanted to hear rock music i had 102.9MGK and 93.3MMR for that (even 95.7BEN FM for that matter). Barsky, Kim, Vinnie, Matt, Huggy and Scotty and Alex got reamed big time for no reason. Screw the suits at YSP.

  5. Phil September 14, 2007 at 1:03 am #

    It’s outragous that they changed back to rock. They are an exact clone of MMR now, playing the same songs all day long. Matt and Huggy’s show was way better than the kid’s could ever be. And Scotty and Alex now are not gonna be able to help get it legalized if they’re not on the air! Today is a sad day for Philly.

  6. Tracy September 14, 2007 at 11:48 am #

    If I wanted to listen to music I would have flipped the dial. I was a faithful listener to the Barsky show. Not as edgy as the other guys but I am not in that target male audience – lol – I am a woman – so it suited me just fine. What the hell!! I am so pissed off. – Screw Ysp now!

  7. Jeff September 14, 2007 at 2:48 pm #

    These guys will be missed by alot of loyal listeners. I myself enjoyed these guys throughout the day. It was something different and entertaining. I guess I will be listening to Preston and Steve on WMMR. in the mornings then hopefully Kidd Chris might have something worth while in the afternoon. If not, I guess its back to flipping through the AM stations looking for good talk radio.

  8. PJ September 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm #

    Huge mistake YSP! I was very upset to find out. Listened to Kidd as often as possible. Now the show will be aired when I am not available to listen. And without Monk, it probably won’t be as good anyway.

  9. RPK September 14, 2007 at 5:31 pm #

    Im not in the demographic, but I enjoyed listening to all the talk shows when I could. Even stayed through all the commercials. Return to rock? I must be getting old and cranky- that format make me tired, the new stuff sounds the same as the old stuff. Very dissapointing, everything sounds recycled. At least with the talk there could be an edge that kept you interested. Like the others said- if you want that music, there is always the ipod. Live talk even when recycled is fresh. If you change back send me an e-mail, other wise tell the sponsers you have one less listener, I won’t be tuning in again.
    Back to my books on tape and my iPod
    sorry it came to this

  10. bda in w. chester September 14, 2007 at 7:37 pm #

    the barsky show ruled the mid day work grind, kidd chris too – the new york guys suck, radio sucks now!!!

  11. danielle September 14, 2007 at 8:59 pm #

    i’ve been trying to get answers since 5:45 yesterday when i was finally able to leave the hell-hole i call my office. i was so pissed that there was no kidd to help me wind down that i actually called and reamed out the station. they said kidd will be playing music now. guess i’ll have to subscribe to sirius and wait for him to show up there on howard’s channel. they just want to push everything that’s great about this city right out the door. and i am a woman too and i loved all of the talk on ysp… well scotty and alex were questionable but i’ll still miss them. f- ysp!

  12. Briana September 14, 2007 at 9:45 pm #

    this totally sucks. i’m sure i’m one of the few girls who listened to wysp, but i was addicted. i’m glad Opie and Anthony are staying, but i’m really disappointed about Kidd Chris. once i left work at 4:45 every day all i wanted to do was listen to Chris to get a few laughs. there are plenty of other stations that play rock. the rock that WYSP is playing isn’t even consistent. it’s old, it’s new, it sucks. stick with the talk! i agree, the station is definitely gonna go downhill within the next 2 years, if not sooner. then they’ll be taken over by smooth jazz or some spanish station. then those assholes will be sorry!

  13. Chris September 14, 2007 at 9:56 pm #

    Great responses guys. WYSP is fucking clueless

  14. Jim September 15, 2007 at 9:05 am #

    This sucks big time. YSP-What are you thinking? Work is bad enough every day, but at least I had the Kidd show to listen to on the way home. If I wanted to listen to the same lame rock songs over and over, I’d change the channel. Guess what! I’m changing the channel now.

  15. JJ September 15, 2007 at 12:09 pm #

    Such a stupid move, since YSP and MMR are the same station now I’m going to listen to MMR just outta spite.

  16. Boyd Miller September 17, 2007 at 12:56 pm #

    Letting go of Kid Chris’s show is the biggest mistake since letting go of O&A 6 years ago. I hope Kid Chris goes to Sirius. Down with the Viacom scumball suits – I hope the station’s ratings crash and burn without the Kid Chris show.

  17. chrismcdevitt September 18, 2007 at 11:23 am #

    WYSP was the last station clinging to the Talk Format. I thought it worked in Philly better than anywhere else, unfortunately it just didn’t seem to work well enough. The majority of the people I know didn’t listen if O&A or Kidd weren’t on anyway, so it won’t make a huge difference, other than drawing in new listeners. Barsky had fans, Matt and Huggy had fans, Scotty and Alex had people who were fans of Kidd Chris and arms too short to reach the dial. It sucks what happened to Monkeyboy and Maybe and the rest of the WYSP, but if we just hang on and ride out the next 90 days of ‘music reinforcement’, I’m sure we’ll get our old Kidd back.

  18. FRAN FACCIOLO September 20, 2007 at 6:58 pm #


  19. Rob.In.Dallas September 21, 2007 at 1:36 pm #

    Thanks for screwing this one up, WYSP! Looks like Kidd Chris is one step closer to Howard 100 on Sirius… where he belongs!!

  20. Todd September 23, 2007 at 9:34 am #

    WYSP sucks! They used to be P-1 now they are off my dail. If I wanted to listen to music I would pull out my I-pod. WMMR has a better lineup. Miss ya Kidd……………..

  21. McGonigals finger banger September 23, 2007 at 8:14 pm #

    R.I.P. Kidd Chris Show…See you at Sirius

  22. Scot and the working Crew September 28, 2007 at 11:00 am #

    WYSP listen to US your listeners PLEASE bring the TALK back and drop the same boring rock! You stopped the TALK so we are TALKING to YOU WYSP!
    Bring back BKV and Metro “The Barsky Show and the old Kid Chris Show and maybe even the” Matt and Huggy Show.
    It is now 3 WEEK to the day that WYSP changed its format and personally WE have not listened to one song played on WYSP after 9a.m.
    6 HOURS (minimum) a DAY (9a.m.-3p.m Mon.-Fri.) 5 DAYS a WEEK
    15 EMPLOYEES = 450 hours (PER WEEK) listener hours LOST! (Not counting the spouses or significant others at home or their work places 5 MORE listeners 500 HOURS if you count them too) to the new “The rock is back” format If WE want rock WE will listen to any of the other 8+ rock stations in the Philly area WMMR or BEN to name a few. We used to have the 1st preset in all our trucks and radios at work set to 94.1 on our 1st preset. Now if we remember we tune in for the O&A to start our day if we don’t hear a song on the other stations that we are interested in listening to for our 1st half hour of the work day. 9 a.m. it is funny to listen how fast the stations switch and the mumbled cursing under the breathes of our workers still happening about what you have done THE ROCK MAY BE BACK but in our work place your ROCK is sunk to the bottom of our listening list and settled in the same boring mud you call music.

    Scot C. (Winner of Genesis tickets) Tom R. Chris W. Cathy C. Jenn F. Michael F. Roger C. Ted H. John K. Rick K. George D. Kevin R. Clyde C. Jason R. Brian D

  23. tim October 5, 2007 at 2:26 am #

    What were you thinking adults want talk radio. please remove your heads from your butts and return our shows.

  24. Bo October 9, 2007 at 8:03 pm #

    Boy…sure looks like the rock is back at WYSP…I wonder when the listeners will come back….keep waiting WYSP…I hear John Deballa wants to bring back the morning zoo…there’s your new morning line-up Philly….YaZOOOOO!!!
    YSP-an idea that sucks so bad that someone thought it might work in Philly….
    Peace out holmies….and death and dishonor to the suits at YSP!!

  25. Heywood Yablomey October 23, 2007 at 5:22 pm #

    WYSP, Can you play more gay brutal Godsmack?

    Learn 2 make radeo,

    The core demographic wants back Scotty and Alex.

  26. Mike Hunt October 25, 2007 at 6:40 pm #

    Well, ysp really blows as does cbs radio for that matter. You drop o&a? What a piece of garbage station, Im so glad I own an xm.

  27. Haywood jablome October 26, 2007 at 9:37 pm #

    Hey congrads on screwing up a great radio station. no more O&A and were is the Kidd ? I here the same song about 6 times in a 8 hour period Wmmr is really going to take you down now i am Glad i still have my XM Been with you 20 years , see a later…..

  28. FUZZY November 6, 2007 at 12:49 am #


  29. retcmsgt December 4, 2007 at 1:17 pm #

    No Howard, No Barsky, well i will no longer listed to anything on WYSP. The Barsky show was the only thing worth listing to. The rock music of today is horrid.

  30. Dave December 10, 2007 at 11:49 am #

    FM has music all day, particularly rock stations that play the same songs over and over. I like to call these station my intermediary or transitional station, which I listen to when a bad song is played on the stations I’m listening to. I love classic rock, don’t get me wrong, but anymore I’ve heard everything so many times that it become cliched and boring. However, every once in a while, I hear a song I haven’t heard in a while.
    In the mornings, I gotta go with the talk radio. As far a FM radio goes in this area, WYSP alway had the best hosts, from Stern to O&A to Kidd Chris. Thank god, you’ve got some talent back on the air, but you guys really gotta stop with these 10 minutes musical interludes on the Kidd Chris show. Everytime the music is cued, I find myself searching through one of your competitors. It sucks.


  31. Jay June 2, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    They made another mistake now gettig rid of Kidd Chris. I hope he goes to Sirius. Long lve talk radio.

  32. jeremy June 18, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    I wounder how 94.1 wysp feel about there listener going to wmmr 93.3 now that kid chris isn’t there anymore

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