GoErie.com: Limbaugh out, Miller inat WJET-AM/1400
Limbaugh out, Miller in at WJET-AM/1400
Rush Limbaugh is out, and Dennis Miller is in at WJET-AM/1400.
"The Dennis Miller Show" replaced Limbaugh's long-running syndicated show on Friday at noon, said Joe Lang, operations manager for Erie's Connoisseur Media radio stations.
Miller, a Pittsburgh native, is an alumnus of "Saturday Night Live" and continues to work as a stand-up comic.
"Limbaugh's fee kept going up every year. I mean, it was a lot of money," Lang said. "We had to make a decision on whether to cut someone locally or keep Rush Limbaugh, and we felt it was more important to keep someone on the local payroll.
"We never really get any direct ad revenue from Rush Limbaugh," he added.
Lang anticipates protest from devoted Limbaugh fans. The show has aired in Erie since 1991.
"The Rush people are very loyal," Lang said. "I'm sure the Rush population is not going to like it. But I hope they understand it came down to him or a local person."
Lang said Connoissuer recently laid off two employees and did not want to cut a third.
"The Dennis Miller Show" airs weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. It debuted in March 2007 on Westwood One.
According to the ratings, WJET was in 8th place with a 3.9. However, most of the stations they were beating were distant signals. Erie doesn't have a lot of stations or competition. As a matter of fact, WJET is Erie's sole talk station.
I have to wonder if there's a market bigger than Erie with no Rush affiliate. Right now, he has about 600 stations.
With Obama's victory and nobody having any respect for anything Republican, I wonder and hope that more stations will follow suit. Rush Limbaugh is so 1988.