Comedians Name The Most Influential Radio Shows for Stand Up


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Written and researched by Chad Zumock (Comedian, Former radio host, host of “The Sit Down Zumock: A Bunch of B.S. Podcast)

After a very memorable on air chat between Gregg “Opie” Hughes  and his former long time partner, Anthony Cumia last week for the first time in two years, I began thinking about how radio has been so important to so many comedians throughout history. The very brief Opie and Anthony reunion was a nostalgic trip and reminder of what once was one of the top 5 successful shows ever in the history of radio. That show alone made me familiar with some of the greatest comedians working today. The Opie and Anthony Show introduced me to Jim Norton, Rich Vos, Bill Burr, the late, great Patrice O’Neal and I heard about Louis C.K. not from the legendary “Pootie Tang”, but from the Opie and Anthony Show.

They weren’t the only show to change the careers of comedians.  I pretty much started stand up comedy because I loved Artie Lange so much on the Howard Stern Show. I identified with him being a lovable loser and the fact he embraced being a screw-up made me want to pursue radio and stand up comedy even more.

The marriage between radio and comedians goes way back to the 20’s. In the early days of radio, comedians like vaudevillians Eddie Cantor and Ed Wynn did classic bits and over the years and decades, comedy and comedians in radio would continue to grow and evolve.

It’s now 2016 and the game is changing again in radio and in how we get our entertainment in general. We are at the point where a guy can talk directly to 5K people on his iPhone while it streams live on Facebook. Radio is still effective, but I wanted to look at the great radio shows broadcasting today? Are there still radio shows out there that are changing the lives of comedians like some have in the past? What market out there is the best radio market for comedians? 

To open this up for discussion, I reached out to some of my working comedian friends and friends that work in the radio industry to get their thoughts. A lot of the comedians I asked are true road warriors who put in the work and have paid their dues. These are the comedians that are flying from Los Angeles to Hartford, Connecticut with an eight hour and 25 minute connecting flight. Add in early arrival, TSA screening and baggage pick-up and they just burned through the entire day for travel just so they can get there a day early to wake-up at 6am to be funny on air for a 7 o’clock drive time radio show to promote their shows for that weekend in that market.

We all know there are God-awful-bad-hack radio shows all over the country, but there are some great ones that “Get It” and embrace the union of comedians with radio better than anyone. It can be a harmonious relationship or it can be the ultimate disaster. So I asked two simple questions, what are your favorite radio shows in the country and what are your thoughts on radio and comedians.

I also did a survey with 50 headliners asking them what radio show was the most helpful to them promoting their stand up. Scroll down to see the results.

Here’s what they had to say:

Jay Mohr (Comedian)

Kevin & Bean obviously, when you walk in, it’s obvious they’re in no rush, clocked be damned. What I mean by that, is they have a very strict corporate clock because they are a giant corporate cog of a machine, but during the time of that 8 min segment, they give their undivided attention to you and go in any direction you want to go in. Love Kevin & Bean segment. They have a tight clock.

Paul & Young Ron in Florida are really great! Rick Lewis in Denver is great! Opie & Jimmy (And Anthony), Ron Bennington!!

Jim Rome was great to me. Nothing sold more tickets to my shows like Jim Rome. I never seen anything like it!

There are people I’m forgetting and they’re probably like, “How come you didn’t mention us?” but you know who you are.

You can’t do comedy without doing radio, it’s never going away! You can go on any podcast on God’s green earth and that’s a finite piece of the wedge. There are die-hard podcast listeners that will follow you all over the place, but there are towns, creatures of habit, get into their car, first thing they do? TURN ON THE RADIO!

I’ll go to a town like Denver, I’ll do Rick Lewis and I’m there for an hour. Here’s the thing about radio – You can do 6 demographics in two hours when you come to town. You can do the rock station, the hip hop station, the news station, you can go over to AM and do sports talk, you go over to Rick Lewis and do Rock N Roll. That’s a lot of different people, man. The podcast listeners, especially mine, are die-hards and they will never not come see me, but radio still helps in a lot of markets. I have my own radio show also, so that helps out a lot.

When it comes to radio personalities though, Ron Bennington is the best! Ron Bennington any day, all day! Ron is my favorite by far!”

Jim Florentine (Comedian)

I wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for popular radio shows around the country. Even though I despise getting up at 6am on the road to do morning radio, it puts asses in the seats and helps you build a following especially people listening that have no idea who you are. Far too many good ones to name, but a lot of my fans know me from the good ones.

Roy Wood Jr. (Comedian)

A radio show is like a second family to a listener. This is why the endorsement of a radio DJ can do so much for a comedian. If these guys like you then their fans will fall in line and surely come to love you too. Radio DJs are the bridge between comedians finding new fans. And in return, the DJ gets great entertainers that will forever be loyal to them long into their career.  Here are some of my favs.

Randy & Bill on WDVE in Pittsburgh, PA: “They’ve always been very good to me”

The Bob & Tom Show, Flagship Affiliate: WFBQ out of Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Bob & Tom Show did wonders for me, almost overnight! No show has done more for more comedians. with Tom Joyner a close second. My appearance on Bob & Tom did as much if not more for me than my appearance on David Letterman”

Two others just off the top of my head:  Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Flagship Affiliate: WHTA “Hot 107.9” and Tom Joyner Morning Show, Various Urban AC/R&B station affiliates (based in Dallas, Texas)Both shows have been good to me.

Bret Ernst (Comedian)

I don’t want to leave anybody out because there are some great ones in the country but off the top of my head, here are a few that should be recognized.

Paul and Young Ron, BIG 105.9 owning it in South Florida: These guys are my hometown station so I’m pretty biased here- The show is very conversational, not hacky, they’re not interrupting the conversation to announce the time and you never hear any of those awful “Two for Tuesday” segments or any wacky sound affects. In my opinion, what makes a good morning show is make it conversational and engaging. You also need to keep a comic on for more than 20 mins – a good comic can help the show and vice versa. Most radio personalities understand this”

The Chaz and AJ Show, WPLR 99.1 PLR in Connecticut: They keep you on all morning- they make you feel welcome and make you feel a part of the show. I sell a ton of tickets when I’m in that market and I really like them as people. I actually look forward to waking up to do their show.

Randy Baumann and the DVE Morning Show, 102.5 FM WDVE in Pittsburgh: They are great to comedians and Bill Crawford is a comedian himself on the air that is extremely well-liked by everyone. Always an enjoyable experience in that market”

The Tom Barnard Show (Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota), 92 KQRS & 105 The Vibe: There are more shows, but these are the ones that pop out of the top of my head. There are A LOT comics that complain about doing radio and that boggles my mind? I think it’s only because they are lazy, they don’t want to get up, they don’t want to do press. What some comedians don’t get is if you’re on the #1 radio show in that particular hometown, there is nothing better that sells tickets and gets you fans. I am truly grateful for the radio shows that embrace comedians and a lot of them have become my friends over the years. It’s a very symbiotic relationship.”

Eddie Ifft (Comedian)

I feel the FCC censors comedy so much, that podcasting has become more appealing to everyone. Podcasting is the new form of radio, and there’s GREAT podcasting out there. Podcasting is just like radio, but it’s appointment listening. Going on Joe Rogan’s podcast has helped my career immensely however there are a few shows I enjoy as well.

Kevin & Bean (Los Angeles), Home Station- KROQ-FMI absolutely love Kevin & Bean!

Johnny Dare (Kansas City), 98.9 The Rock

Chill With Alice “Originally known as “The Sarah & Vinnie Show” (San Francisco) KLLC 97.3 FM:  This show is great! Because of them, I got to headline San Francisco! They brought me on before I was a headliner and it made all the difference. Comics don’t forget people giving them breaks, well at least good people don’t”

Troy Hanson (Corporate Program Director of Rock Formats for Cumulus Media)

“Let’s break down the 9th wall, we need the funny, comics need to sell tickets. It’s really a symbiotic relationship isn’t it – morning radio shows & comics.

Both bring a great piece of the puzzle that the other needs to the table. When I think about how great Nick DiPaolo sounds on Tom Barnard’s show at KQRS in Minneapolis, or how Jim Breuer absolutely kills it when he goes on Opie’s show, it’s the way a naturally funny conversation happens. When I hear a show have a comic on that just wants the comic to rifle through several canned bits or stock lines that are set up in advance, it’s so uncomfortable to listen to at this stage with how technology has now allowed us to be more real versus clown shoes, bells & whistles. In this day & age of camera phones & social media, looking for stock lines is a fail – and that’s the morning shows fault by the way, not the comics. The best shows weave a comic into a conversation or topic of the moment/day already in progress when they enter the studio. There is so much more comedy gold found in a natural conversation with a comic and a crafty plug for their set that night.

If you are in LA, you need to be doing the Heidi & Frank show at KLOS/LA, they are a great comic friendly show, Dave Attell, who might be one of the funniest human beings on the planet always crushes on that show.

I’m always quick to point out to people who love listening to comics on the radio how amazing Ron Bennington is with comics. In particular, it’s impressive how Ron is helping nurture the next phase of up & coming comics. Listening first hand several years ago when he first started bringing Big Jay Oakerson onto the former Ron & Fez Show, listening to where Jay started to where he is now both in how he does radio and where he is in his stand up career has been satisfying to watch.”    

Sam Tripoli (Comedian)

“Radio is my bread and butter when I’m on the road! I know if I push it on the radio I can pack the house and  everyone is happy, the club, the staff my fragile psyche!  A radio show like Mike Calta in Tampa can help a comic hit their bonuses! Some of my favorites are Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw (The DSC) on 100.7FM and The Show on Rock 105.3FM in San Diego, The K-97 morning show in Edmonton and Gooch on KOMP 92.3 in Las Vegas all love comics and help them sell tickets! Super thankful for them giving me an opportunity to rock!”  

Big Jay Oakerson (Comedian)

“Comedy talk radio has been in the background of my life since I was 12 years old. Starting, of course, with the godfather Howard Stern on my way to school in my Sony Sports yellow Walkman. The Ron & Fez Show replays on WNEW kept me company on long late night rides back home to Philadelphia when I first started doing comedy in New York and was driving back and forth daily. The fact that that show, and now Bennington, has embraced me and made me part of their world is one of the main reasons my career has progressed over the last few years. Preston and Steve in Philadelphia have also been a major source of support for me in my hometown. Not only do they let me shine when I’m on the show, but several members of the crew come out to shows whenever I’m in town.

My admiration for these people and my love of the medium is what drove me to eventually fulfill one of my comedy dreams of having my own national radio show with Dan Soder, The Bonfire. I owe so much of that to all these people. I hope The Bonfire will become as much a part of people’s lives as these shows have been to mine.”

Tom Griswold (Host of The Bob & Tom Show, 2015 Inductee to the Nation Radio Hall of Fame)

“We’ve been featuring comedians on the Bob and Tom Show for over thirty years. Some of them have been funny… others… not so much… .

We’ve seen comedians arrive in our studios drunk, stoned, naked, pissy, exhausted, hostile, and humorless. For the record, the naked one was Daniel Tosh — he was also brilliant and hilarious.

Which comedian is going to be a good radio guest? … figuring that out can be a bit tricky.

Most of the really good comics are also good on the air but sometimes great stand-ups (even very famous ones) don’t make for great radio and you never know if any given comedian is any good ’til they’re on-the-air.

The best guests are (usually) those that are conversational and naturally funny… the comics that can ad-lib and go with the flow of any given moment of the show. The better comedians also tend to arrive with some material that is radio-friendly… not too blue… too political… or too visual… .

What’s the most important ingredient to being a good radio guest?  The desire for the guest to actually want to be on the show to have some fun and be funny.

As a host it’s also important that we understand this simple fact:  everybody has bad days. Sometimes a comic is terrible on the air and the next time they show up, they’re great… so, we try to give everybody a little slack and, by the way, the same thing is true about radio hosts. There isn’t a shortage of ass-bags in broadcast booths world wide.”

Craig Gass (Comedian)

There’s a trend that’s been developing in morning radio in markets where the PPM has arrived where they believe that less talk will keep your audience around, because the meter has shown the longer you talk, the more your audience will tune out…

But what’s NOT being included in that dissuasion is WHAT it is that you’re talking about that actually makes them tune out. And comedians know when a subject is done, it’s something you know from being in front of an audience for decades that some (and only some) radio people don’t have an instinct for.  The comedian will feel the audience tuning out, because they know from years of being on stage to stay ahead of the audience, and a good comedian will know how to keep the conversation compelling, but the program director won’t realize that until a couple weeks later when they look at the PPM.

There’s a ton of great radio shows out there that are comic friendly, but there’s one called The Stan and Haney Show in Fort Myers that the main host, Stan, gets genuinely worked up all day long, on air and off, about things that are so real to him that I stop caring about what shows I’m promoting, and I just want to listen to him vent until the room gets uncomfortable.

Ben Gleib (Comedian, TV Host)

Waking up early in the morning for radio makes me want to murder myself. I usually haven’t gone to bed more than two or three hours before I have to get up for it. I have never understood why it can’t be effective to do afternoon radio. But I can’t change the way most people live so I just go with it. I always have a great time when I’m in studio unless the host is super cheesy and doesn’t listen to the comedian, or they have a format where you literally talk for 10 seconds and then they play some sound effect or go to a song and you’re there just to be like a sound bite monkey.

That said, there are some that are amazing to do, and make you feel like family. My favorite of these are Kevin and Bean in my hometown of LA. This is my favorite show to do because I grew up listening to these guys and always hoped I’d be on their show one day. So it’s pretty cool to be a regular with them and get to riff with such funny guys.  

Same goes for the Bob and Tom Show. I had seen them on TV for years and of course always knew about how respected and important their show is, so I was a little intimidated my first time going in. But they were so fun to riff with and were great laughers and I ended up staying on for like the whole show. Then Tom came to see my show that night which I thought was really cool. I’ve had a ton of fun on there ever since. 

Another one of my favorites is the Tom Barnard Show, and podcast both. He’s just the consummate professional while also being the nicest guy and making me feel like part of the family. He tells me I’m always welcome on the show if I have something to promote, even if it’s to call in from home which I really appreciate.

And one I’ve been doing recently that has been amazing is the Jason Ellis show on Sirius. He’s a really, really nice guy and he’s an amazing riffer. I love going in there and just bouncing back and forth in insane hour long conversations with Ellis.  And his fans are really loyal and have been coming out to my shows in pretty big numbers.

Plus his show used to be in the afternoon which was fantastic. But now they are early morning as well so, fuck my life.”

Rich Vos (Comedian)

Clubs drop the ball. Not only do we have to create, we have to be publicists….we have to push, and be promoters. Radio does help. There are certain radio shows I absolutely love doing, I love doing the Sports Junkies in D.C. They’re funny! I just did Todd -N- Tyler in Omaha, they’re fucking great! A show like that, you don’t go in with topics, you just go in and talk! Kidd Chris in Cincinnati, Brother Wease in Rochester, Shredd and Ragan,  Paul and Young Ron in Florida. There’s tons of radio that I love doing however, Tom Barnard in Minneapolis. There’s a lot of radio that gets it.  Opie & Anthony has always been at another level. And Ron Bennington, he’s the quickest, probably funniest guy in radio….throughout….I mean quick….just so fucking good. He used to be a comic, I worked with him years ago. He’s great.  He’s fucking the best.

I had a chance to sit down with Rich Vos to talk about Anthony Cumia calling into Opie’s new show last week and what the Opie and Anthony show did for his career. Rich also talks about some of the best radio shows around the country and some of the best comics working today. You can hear the whole conversation here.

 


Top Ten Most Influential Radio Shows According to Headliners

After talking with everyone, I conducted a short survey with 50 headlining comedians on the Top 10 radio shows in the country based on 3 things: a) Comic friendly radio shows that , b) sells tickets & gets people to the comedy club and c) has helped and boosted comedians careers. I just chopped it down to those 3 things so it has nothing to do with with “The Best Radio Show” or “The Funniest Radio Show.”

  1. Opie Radio (Formally Opie & Anthony and Opie & Jim Norton) (Sirius XM, New York, New York)
  2. Howard Stern (Howard doesn’t have a lot of comics on anymore but a few of them hold a forever debt to him establishing their careers) (Sirius XM, New York, New York)
  3. The Bennington Show (Sirius XM, New York, New York)
  4. Preston & Steve (WMMR 93.3 FM Philadelphia, PA)
  5. The Bob & Tom Show (KFBQ 94.7 FM Indianapolis, IN)
  6. Rickey Smiley Morning Show (Atlanta, GA)
  7. Todd-N-Tyler (KEZO 92.3 FM Omaha, NE)
  8. Randy Baumann and The DVE Morning Show (WDVE 102.4 Pittsburgh, PA)
  9. The Mike Calta Show (102.5 The Bone MHz, Tampa, FL)
  10. Brother Wease and Kimberly & Beck (WAIO Radio 95.1 FM, Rochester, NY)

(High honorable mentions)

  • -Ben & Matt in the Morning (KNIX 102.5 FM Phoenix, AZ)
  • -Lex & Terry (KRLD 105.3 FM Dallas/Ft Worth, TX)
  • -Heidi & Frank (KLOS 95.5 FM Los Angeles, CA)
  • -Elliot in the Morning (WWDC 101.1 FM Washington D.C.)
  • -Shredd & Ragan (WEDG-FM 103.3, Buffalo NY)
  • -Kevin & Bean (KROQ 106.7 Los Angeles, CA)

Comedians and radio will forever be important to each other no matter where technology takes us. A lot of comedians have took audio into their own hands bypassing the radio frequency and doing their own podcasts. Comics like Marc Maron, Bill Burr, Joe Rogan, and Chris Hardwick have built mini-empires with their podcasts and fan base. Much like television, radio will always be there but won’t be the only game in town. Let’s hope for more radio corporations embracing comedians like a lot of these shows mentioned.


Chad Zumock (Comedian, Former radio host, host of “The Sit Down Zumock: A Bunch of B.S. Podcast)

36 Comments

  1. Kendall in Texas

    October 13, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Kinda sad that there are no such shows in top 5 market, not to mention the home of some of the greats, Houston.

  2. Dave Says

    October 14, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Great article. Cool idea

  3. andy_story

    October 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

    WORDS! WORDS! WORDS! WORDS! WORDS!

  4. Randy2k1

    October 14, 2016 at 9:41 am

    You’ve got Todd n Tyler being out of Omaha GA. Its actually Omaha NE

  5. GeorgeJSchaefer

    October 14, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Todd and Tyler are in Omaha Nebraska.   Not Georgia

  6. sofajockey

    October 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I see Opie getting shit on way too much by message board
    trolls–considering how many hours of laughs and how many careers he’s
    influenced for the better.
    I O&A first introduced me (and a lot of us) to Louis CK,  Joe Rogan (as a comic, not the guy from News Radio.  Rogen even credits O&A for inspiring him to podcast), Marc Maron (as the frenetic poet/comic–not the Air America guy), Bill Burr, Patrice Oneal, Jim Norton, Otto and George, Colin Quinn (as a comic, not the stammering Weekend Update guy), Amy Schumer, Bobby Kelly, Jim Jefferies, Bonnie McFarlane, Rich Vos (yes, even Rich Vos), Jim Breuer (as a storyteller and comic and not a stoner and goat), so many more and last but not least, Anthony Cumia.
    Oh, and Opie gave Ron and Fez the spot on WNEW that allowed them to get out of Florida and reach the huge audience they deserved.  So, he even helped Ron Bennington.  
    These comics are all talented and would have probably done great things anyway – but Opie definitely exposed them to a huge audience and reach another level.

  7. ScottBallantyne

    October 14, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for the shout out Sam! Check out the K-97 Edmonton morning show’s podcast, with uncut comedian interviews. http://feeds.feedburner.com/terryevansbillcowen

  8. created1023

    October 14, 2016 at 11:00 am

    “Formerly”

  9. pietropsalm

    October 14, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Nobody mentioned Buzz and Skimpy, Wino and the whale, Ginger and Madame, Flip and the Slinky, Sawyer and Crusty, Buns and the toad???? Cmon you can’t take this piece seriously without those guys….oh The Dean and Sandy Beach. Smelly Hole and Donkey; Donna, Douche Chills and Chester the mole.

  10. pietropsalm

    October 14, 2016 at 11:32 am

    How Crusty Snatch and Eager Beaver Eater?

  11. pietropsalm

    October 14, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I forgot Crusty Snatch and the Stinky Beaver in Atlanta. Great to comedians.

  12. itleakedmixtapes

    October 14, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Even though he’s hated by most comedians and was blackballed out of radio because of drug and alcohol abuse-Jeff Duran’s interviews with Chevy Chase, Freddy Soto, Dice and others are the most entertaining i ever heard.

  13. BadNewsJeff

    October 14, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Paul Harvey gets stiffed again.

  14. Impostor

    October 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Jim Jefferies  & Patrice O’neil I wouldn’t know who the fuck they were if it wasn’t for O&A

  15. UptownDrain

    October 14, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    How is that Paul & Young Ron in South Florida get mentioned by several comics in the article but don’t make the list or even the honorable mention list?

    Vos quote about Ronnie B, “He’s fucking the best” is much different than “He’s the fucking best.”  It’s not like Vos chose a career where precise wording is important.

  16. MWJ

    October 14, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    GeorgeJSchaefer Everyone knows where Omaha is, relax George.

  17. Radioguy

    October 14, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    sofajockey Opie absolutely played a big part in that, but certainly no more than Anthony, as both held the reins of the show at that point. In fact, Opie has consistently had less positive dealings with comics than Anthony when the duo still did radio. That’s been most evident in the new schism with Jim Norton – the main comic to have been a guest, and then promoted to cohost. All the same, Opie deserves credit, but only when paired with Anthony.

  18. Radioguy

    October 14, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    “Opie Radio” has only existed for two weeks.

    As-is, the erroneous list credit is clearly intended as a slight on both Anthony Cumia and Jim Norton. 

    Cumia, especially, had equal credit in making comics welcome on Opie & Anthony (the program you actually were referring to). The program’s change in format from music to talk, and then a haven for comics, occurred with Cumia as full cohost. Most comics, when actually cited correctly, will tell you that their interaction with Cumia was more the deciding factor in praising the show than anything else. The more recent schism between Opie and Norton exposed some of the resentment on the part of Opie when dealing with comics as compared to Cumia and Norton; even with an admission on Opie’s part. Still, he is deserving of credit when paired correctly.

    Now, given the recent infighting, and the taking of sides between the, now, three programs. the effort you put into skewing the facts, and omitting the actual name of the program, easily leads one to think “Chad Zumock” has chosen a side, if not an alt of Hughes himself.

  19. Radioguy

    October 15, 2016 at 5:53 am

    I should also say, while Ron Bennington was the driving force in all circumstances, that “The Bennington Show” (like “Opie Radio”) is too new a new program to be credited with all the praise Ron Bennington has received over the years. His previous program, Ron & Fez, as well as his original program, Ron & Ron, were those programs that comics cite so positively.

  20. TonySuperior

    October 15, 2016 at 11:26 am

    The shows that are ranked the top 3 are the shows mentioned the least in the interviews actually included with this article.

  21. Amsterclam

    October 15, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Radioguy. We get it.  You like Anthony more than you like Opie. But “Opie deserves credit only when paired with Anthony” is bullshit.  He had a radio career long before Anthony did and was always comic friendly. Anthony is gone and he’s still comic friendly. As far as Jim Norton is concerned when Jimmy could have gone with Anthony or Opie look at who he picked. Anthony and Jimmy don’t fight now only because they don’t work together. 
     “Opie has consistently had less positive dealings with comics than Anthony when the duo still did radio.”- That’s just your opinion. I don’t believe it’s based on facts, I believe its based on your preferences between the two men.

  22. Amsterclam

    October 15, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Radioguy  “”Chad Zumock” has chosen a side, if not an alt of Hughes himself.”-  So you think Opie probably wrote the article?  Just to slight Anthony?

  23. Radioguy

    October 16, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Amsterclam Radioguy That you you chose to mention Anthony rather than Jim Norton, whom Opie would much rather prefer to marginalize right now, might be telling on your part…

    As for “Chad’s” own agenda, wondering, at this hour, if these words are his doesn’t seem so unreasonable when he attributes accreditation to others so erroneously.

  24. MicheleBach666

    October 16, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Radioguy People don’t like to praise racists that beat women.   That might be a factor.

  25. Radioguy

    October 16, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Amsterclam Radioguy No, apparently you haven’t “gotten” anything at all.

    Your attempt to spin aside, it’s no matter of opinion when comics have themselves said they preferred the atmosphere in-studio during the O&A era due to the ability of Cumia to, literally, match wits with them rather than sit back and let a comic fend for themselves. 
    That Opie had a radio career prior to Cumia is indisputable, and was never questioned, nor was Opie’s prior desire to be “comic friendly”, but it’s equally indisputable that he never had the
    success, or draw, with comics he had once Cumia became full cohost. It’s far from
    “bullshit”, when the program at that time was a full partnership; rather than years prior at WBAB, etc,.

    No one questions that Opie has improved his skills when dealing with comics due to that partnership, even alone again, but when you credit the reason comics feel as they do, do so correctly. The author has not, and did quite the opposite.

    As for Jim Norton, no one need tell you that the other prime source of resentment on the part of Opie was that Anthony and Jim got along so well both on-air and off, and still do to this day. That’s been even more evident with Cumia’s repeated appearances on Norton’s new program, and countless appearances of Norton on Cumia’s through several years. That, while Opie had waited until the added publicity of a supposed reconciliation was beneficial to himself.

    Plus, no party, not even Opie, has not acknowledged on the fact the most financially beneficial deal Norton could have made was to resign with SiriusXM. That both Cumia and Norton admitted this publicly several times, and, especially, with repeated pronouncements from Cumia that he was doing the right thing, added to the resentment on the part of Hughes. No, no one in their right mind believes “Anthony and Jimmy don’t fight because they don’t work together”. They didn’t even have a history of fighting when they did; certainly nowhere near the amount of infighting that occurred between Hughes and each of them.

    Like I said, regardless of any preference I might have either way, the facts speak for themselves.

    However, just to address my opinion of Opie, I feel he had been the driving force of the Opie & Anthony show, and in his prior career, when it has come to “the long game” of promotion, and being industry-savvy. Much of what he has been negatively accused of by Cumia, as of late, in regards to contract negotiations, were actually wise tactics at their height of popularity, and helped serve them. Indeed, aside from Cumia’s comedic prowess, Hughes is clearly the one to credit with their becoming the heir apparents to Stern while with Infinity. Likewise, in regards to on-air promotions, Opie was the one to develop many of those recurring favorites like SFS, Homeless Shopping Spree, 50 Gallon Drum Challenge, etc. 
    No matter what his true detractors might say, Opie has, admittedly,  clawed his way to the top, and never a mere “board op” or on-air program director. Were Hughes not the radio industry strategist he once was, the opportunities afforded to Cumia would never have occurred, and despite the current state of their relationship, it remains heartening to hear both sides admit to as much.

    No, I hold Opie in some esteem, but it has no bearing on the facts, It remains a slight, and a petty one, to intentionally discredit Cumia, and Norton as well, for their contribution towards the reputation held by comics, and most especially credit a program that has only existed for a handful of weeks instead.

  26. Radioguy

    October 16, 2016 at 6:39 am

    MicheleBach666 Radioguy Some also like be passive-aggressive trolls, but we can’t help that.

    However, even with entertainers who have actually been found to have behaved so heinously, say a Bill Cosby or Phil Spector, their work remains praised by those aficionados of their craft. It may not be palatable to other casual fans, and not so publicly embraced, but skills are hard to ignore. 
    Were Michelangelo proven to be a pederast, I truly doubt his frescoes would be torn from the roof of the Sistene Chapel.

  27. Gail Bennington

    October 16, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Radioguy Shut the fuck up

  28. Jennifer

    October 16, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Amsterclam Radioguy “Chad Zumock” is a comedian, he opens for Jim Florentine a lot.

  29. MicheleBach666

    October 16, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Nice to hear a lot of comedians mention Tom Barnard out of Minnesota.  Back in his hey day Tommy was a monster in local radio.    He was one of the first local guys to kick Howard Stern’s ass back to New York City.   His show isn’t as great as it used to be but I will always have a soft spot for him.   His brain got wrecked by right wing politics but in his day he was a killer.  Really was great with comedians like Louie Anderson, Jeff Cesario, and Emo Philips.   Always giving the weekend headliner at some club a chance to be funny and sell tickets.   Also Terri Traen is one of the greatest women to ever do radio.  She is horrible now but in her day with Tommy they could kill.

  30. The Unblinking Spyder

    October 16, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    This was about terrestrial radio heydays. Terrestrial radio is now dead. Those that argue the past are doomed to live in it. Satellite radio is also dead, it just don’t know it. Sorry Gail.

  31. Radioguy

    October 17, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Gail Bennington Radioguy Huh?
    I think your dad is a comedic god, so your response is a bit…perplexing. Is it that I think folks think of the entirety of your dad’s career when they praise him, rather than his new venture? That’s no slight to you, whom I like, and hope to hear more of. The author just isn’t crediting things right (and intentionally so, regarding Opie). For instance, Fez deserves some mention here, even if as part of the Ron & Fez days, as the position on the list is clearly inclusive of that era of Ron Bennington. Jeez, there wasn’t even a mention, however erroneously, as there was in Opie’s entry of previous iterations of said program.

    Methinks you have the wrong end of the foot here…

  32. sofajockey

    October 17, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Radioguy No slight intended to Anthony. I said O&A first introduced me to all these comics, not just O. However its Opie that gets shit on way more than he deserves these days and its not cool considering all the comics he (and Anthony and Jim) brought to our attention. They both also blocked comics they don’t like — for example I distinctly remember Anthony blocking Patton Oswalt and others because of their politics. I’m sure Opie blocked some folks too but I don’t remember.  (Patton Oswalt ended up being a great guest and a fan of the show btw)

    My other point is technically true – when it comes down to it, Opie did help both Anthony and Ron reach another level.

    PS If you’re the same Radioguy who used to share shows way back when – thanks for all that amazing work 🙂

  33. Radioguy

    October 17, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    sofajockey Radioguy
     I agree wholeheartedly!

    PS: I have no clue what you’re talking about (and you’re welcome). 🙂

  34. Anel Hershiser

    October 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Radioguy 
    At any moment did you wonder if that is the real Gail Bennington?

  35. Billy Zoom

    November 4, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Ron Bennington. Period. The man’s a genius.

  36. DudeLebowski

    December 13, 2016 at 1:33 am

    I’d like to thank the cuntbag management over at SiriusXM for having the most negative influence on comedy, for taking a wide open, anything goes venue, and turning it into corporate censored PC dogshit.