Opie & Anthony Now Out At 94.1 WYSP

23 Oct

Way to alienate more of your core demographic YSP:

WYSP (94.1) today parted ways with Opie & Anthony, its syndicated morning show.

WYSP, which last month announced it would return to rock, will play music in morning drive tomorrow and for the foreseeable future, said its general manager, David Yadragoff.

Since April 2006, the freewheeling, New York-based personalities aired on WYSP and as many as 11 Infinity/CBS stations in a unique partnership with XM Satellite Radio.

Greg “Opie” Hughes and Anthony Cumia replaced the ratings-deprived David Lee Roth, who lasted only four months. Roth, the rocker-cum-pundit, had the unenviable task of following ratings juggernaut Howard Stern when Stern left for Sirius Satellite Radio in late 2005.

WYSP was alone today in jettisoning O&A, whose ratings have been tepid among listeners ages 18 to 34; in September, the show had actually risen – into 10th place.

Good idea! Yes, the ratings have been ‘tepid’, but that was to be expected because of what it replaced (essentially dead air from David Lee Roth). They were trying to essentially rebuild an entire audience. That’s not their fault, that’s the problem of booking. So what does no promotion or backing of a new show result in? The firing of the talent of course. SPIN THOSE RECORDS BABY! I need me some more Godsmack!

But wait, there’s more:

Kidd Chris, the station’s afternoon host, is one of several candidates for the morning show, Yadragoff said.

Yeah, that makes sense. He’s doing so well in drive time, and supposedly enjoys not having to wake up before the crack of dawn, so let’s move him!

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16 Responses to “Opie & Anthony Now Out At 94.1 WYSP”

  1. RJM October 23, 2007 at 9:19 pm #

    I boycotted the station after they fucked with Kidd’s show the first time (when they started this ‘The Rock is Back’ nonsense). I used to listen to O&A, this sucks.

    Does Chris still have to play music? I love his show but I have a ipod for music, I had enough of metallica when I was in 7th grade, ya know? His show was awesome, I miss it, I want it back in pure form for my shitty hour long commute…

    btw, do you remember when Kidd filled in for roth in the mornings for a day? trainwreck.

  2. JH October 25, 2007 at 3:38 pm #

    Listening to 94.1 when it was all talk was the only thing that got me through my shitty workday. I really miss the Barsky Show and Kidd Chris the most. Even though Kidd Chris is still on, they have all but ruined everything he’s worked for. I hate listening to music so now I am forced to listen to the crappy people I work with everyday! Thanks a lot WYSP! Music sucks!

  3. megan November 1, 2007 at 2:06 am #

    i won’t listen anymore. listener for 20 yrs +. no reason to listen anymore. O&A and kidd chris gave me something to look forward to. everyone has ipods now for music. radio sucks. no one wants to hear the crap your spinning when we can listen to what we want. you took away the only chance some of us have to find funny. i hate you. you’re an idiot. hope the station folds.

  4. jeff November 25, 2007 at 2:59 pm #

    I would have to agree with the above responses. I listened to ysp for O&A and Kidd Chris the way his show was before the stupid rock is back bs. I have been trying to listen to O&A on their NY station but it does not come in well. As much as I like Kidd Chris I’m not too sure that ysp deserves me back listening to their show. Imus comes back on December 3rd. Maybe its time to switch back to AM!

  5. SOS November 25, 2007 at 9:08 pm #

    WYSP will switch to the Kidd Crhis Show for morning on Monday November 26th.

    David Yadragoff is the one responsible.

  6. Deb Kulp November 27, 2007 at 6:13 am #

    bring back O & A and Barsky—-what were you thinking!!!! They were the only ones that could make our work day go faster. Who the hell needs another freaking rock station. Please bring them back, Even when they complain–it was funny—You made us listen to David lee Roth (jerk) and we put up with that for awhile—then you get some really good people–who pulled in the ratings and you messed that up—wake up—we want talk (adult talk) radio back. I resent the fact that I can’t listen to these talk show hosts anymore–because some people don’t know how to watch what their kids listen to. Why do a few have to ruin it for everyone. Please bring back O & A and Barsky and crew

  7. Homer November 28, 2007 at 4:50 pm #

    Dopey & Ain’t Funny sucked ass. I’m glad they’re gone. Fucking Howard Stern wannbe’s.

  8. Justin December 1, 2007 at 3:42 pm #

    I am glad the rock is back. WYSP…THE ROCK IS BACK. All you who liked that talk shit…get a fuckin life.

  9. Tom Strain December 4, 2007 at 11:20 am #

    People want personalities to listen to along with the music. Kidd Chris had a good thing going in the afternoon; I always looked forward to the drive home. I believe he will do well in the morning, so my drive to work will be better instead of the drive home.
    You can’t just play music. There is another station on at noon that I tune in to, not because they are better but because of the DJ’s personality. Hire some talent to spin the tunes. If I just want music I will listen to my I-pod and select my own songs.

  10. Dennis December 8, 2007 at 4:00 pm #

    Wysp is not even worth a preset button anymore and my armpits smell fantastic.

  11. Dave December 10, 2007 at 11:25 am #

    To all those who say that the Rock is Back. You need to get a life and buy some music, if you really wanna listen to these overplayed, over-rated cliched crap of the 70s. Ya cheap wankers. All these rock stations play the same music everyday, the same classic rock hits, which at one time may have been enjoyable to listen to, but are now so overplayed that it’s pointless to listen to. Talk radio, both intellectual and meaningless drible, is what brightens everyone’s morning on their crappy, 76 commutes.

  12. Deb January 8, 2008 at 6:05 am #

    please bring back Barsky Kim and Vinnie—I used to hear my co-workers laughing at them and it really helped to get through the work day—no more laughter now—-5 million stations playing rock—-did we really need another one

  13. Deb January 8, 2008 at 6:07 am #

    Hey Tom Strain—what station do you turn to at noon—we need to know

  14. Bruce Smith January 11, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    What are O&A doing now?

  15. john w. January 13, 2008 at 1:57 pm #

    o & a + norton were the funniest mother fuckers on the planet! now, u have no shot at beating out those homo’s from that other station! way to go jerk offs

  16. haas February 21, 2008 at 7:51 am #

    wysp you suck …….

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