Before discussing the dedicated efforts of Roney fans, we should understand the background of this interesting local headline. This whole process started a few weeks ago, when 590 WROW dropped its entire news format, which included Dennis Miller, Glenn Beck, Alan Colmes and a slew of local talk show hosts.
This left the entire Capital Region of New York (a big Conservative talk show market) without one station broadcasting the Glenn Beck Program, which opened a successful door for 810 WGY to include the popular, high ratings, national talk show host, instead of a popular local talk show host.
810 WGY had a tough decision to make, but in the end, Glenn Beck will provide higher ratings, which is the name of the game.
After the news was announced this morning that Beck will be replacing Roney on the airwaves for three hours per morning, the fans revolted.
WGY announced that it was replacing host Al Roney’s program with Glenn Beck’s syndicated program just hours ago. But already there’s a Facebook page established to get Roney back on the air.
And that page, which is here, already has 31 72 221 301 fans.
“Show GY you want local coverage,” the page says.
A few hours later.......dedicated fans have escalated their "Pro-Roney" efforts.
Supporters of fired talk show host Al Roney say they will rally Monday outside of radio station WGY (810 AM).
The station, noting Beck’s popularity, says it made the move for ratings reasons. But Roney supporters are bemoaning the loss of a local voice on the Capital Region airwaves.
Monday’s rally is scheduled for Monday from 9 a.m. to noon — the hours during which Roney’s show aired. WGY is located at 1203 Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham.
The rally, if held, will be the second radio station protest in recent weeks, as listeners of WROW (590 AM) gathered earlier this month outside that station to protest its cancellation of talk radio.
It was WROW’s move, in fact, that made Beck’s program available to WGY.
It appears that fans of the former host are overreacting, as the station had to make a choice based on what was best for the business instead of what a few fans wanted, but Jumping in Pools will be covering the news over the next few weeks and we applaud the dedicated efforts that Roney fans have displayed.
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