In this week’s issue… Broadcast veterans step away – Gray gobbles Meredith – Bell out of Pittsburgh talk slot? – Remembering Loran Mann – Baseball on the Radio: The Minor Leagues
By SCOTT FYBUSH
NORFOLK, Va. – We’re on the road again, taking an actual full-fledged radio road trip for the first time in more than a year, and it sure does feel nice to be somewhere other than upstate New York for a bit.
As we enjoy our travels (and collect some great new sites to share with you on Site of the Week later this year), you’ll forgive us, we hope, if the column’s stories are a little more abbreviated than usual this week.
For instance, we’d normally devote more space here to the retirements of several veteran newspeople all at once at several of Audacy’s big all-news stations inherited from the old CBS Radio.
At WINS (1010) in New York, Larry Kanter (right) became the latest retirement on Thursday, signing off from his midday shift and ending a long career that included 29 years at WINS, all the way back to the days of Westinghouse/Group W. Kanter followed another veteran, night anchor Paul James, out the door – and it’s not just WINS where that seems to be happening a lot. In Philadelphia, it was Mark Abrams, who departed KYW (1060/103.9) after a long career that included time in Reading at WHUM and the Reading Eagle and earlier Philly stints at WPEN and WIP.
Is this part of a bigger set of cutbacks at Audacy? We don’t know yet, but we’re following closely and we hope to have more once we’re back at home base next week.
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