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.
UPDATE: 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…..
On December 16, 2009 Chris Henry suffered fatal injuries after falling from a moving vehicle. In the wake of the tragedy, Henry’s mother decided to donate his organs. Here is The NFL Today’s heartwarming story presented on Thanksgiving Day.
Would you believe Alexander Semin is not even on the NHL ballot for this years all-star game? Semin is quietly having an all-star year and will miss the game unless fans like us do something about it. As Alex Semin himself tweeted last night:
3 goals in 5 minutes. 3 hat tricks in 35 days. So that must be why I’m on the All-Star ballot! Oh wait… vote.nhl.com #WriteinSemin
Do it. Vote Alexander Semin as a write-in on the NHL all-star ballot. The fans will thank you.
Now that Keith Olbermann and his ‘Countdown To No Ratings’ is back on the air and more controversial than ever, it is time to revisit Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Mr. Olbermann on SNL from a couple of years ago.
One of the largest union-administered health-insurance funds in New York is dropping coverage for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants, union officials said. The union blamed financial problems it said were caused by the state’s health department and new national health-insurance requirements….
The fund informed its members late last month that their dependents will no longer be covered as of Jan. 1, 2011. Currently about 6,000 children are covered by the benefit fund, some until age 23.
The union fund faced a “dramatic shortfall” between what employers contributed to the fund and the premiums charged by its insurance provider, Fidelis Care, according to Mitra Behroozi, executive director of benefit and pension funds for 1199SEIU. The union fund pools contributions from several home-care agencies and then buys insurance from Fidelis.
“In addition, new federal health-care reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26,” Behroozi wrote in a letter to members Oct. 22. “Our limited resources are already stretched as far as possible, and meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible.”