This post was originally published on April 27, 2010. Since then, my wordpress installation became corrupt and am trying (so far unsuccessfully) to restore the database.
Say it isn’t so! Sacrebleu!
I was in Whole Foods Market in Old Town Alexandria tonight when I came across an old friend who mentioned to me that Andy Parks had been fired at WMAL. As I stood there in shock listening to how shocked she was at the news, I thought to myself I just can’t believe it. So, I came home, looked online and sure enough, WMAL radio released a statement Monday saying that its longtime morning host and all around good guy Andy Parks is no longer with the station.
“Andy Parks, a name synonymous with 630 WMAL for nearly 25 years as morning host and airborne traffic reporter, is no longer with us. Andy is an extraordinary talent, consummate professional and friend. Andy, we salute you and thank you for your immeasurable contributions to WMAL.”
The morning show has added Chris Plante. While I enjoy Chris Plante’s regular morning show from 9:00am until 12 noon, IMHO Plante and Grandy in the early A.M. don’t have the same chemistry.
Ah well, at least there’s Imus in the Morning to keep me entertained in the early morning.
DCRTV.com has more on what is happening at the station:
New MAL Morning Sked – 4/26 – DCRTV hears about the new WMAL morning schedule, starting today: 5 AM Bryan Nehman’s “News And Notes,” 6 AM Fred Grandy and Chris Plante, 8:30 AM Plante solo, 10 AM to noon Austin Hill, filling-in while a host for that slot is sought. Grandy’s partner Andy Parks is gone. WMAL’s website at wmal.com has been updated to confirm the new schedule, with the “Plante And Grandy In The Morning” at 6 AM. The newcomer gets top-billing over the old-timer? DCRTV wonders: It looks like Plante is the main morning man, while Grandy is just hanging on for a transition period. We’ve been told that Plante is paid a lot less than either Grandy is or Parks was. More: ABC newscasts at the top-of-the-hour during the morning show are gone, as is “traffic and weather on the 5s.” Nehman now does the top-hour newscasts, with traffic before and weather after. The station still hypes 20 minutes ad-free from the top-of-the-hour during morning drive…..
Parks To BAL? – 4/26 – With Andy Parks gone from WMAL, after at least two decades at the DC talk station, will he land a new gig on the local radio dial? Sources say he could be heard next on Baltimore news talker WBAL. That would mean a shorter commute for the Carroll County resident. Stay tuned…..