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4/27: TV drives way loneliness, day one of syndication for the Regular Guys, Warren Ballentine & Al Sharpton joining WAOK Wednesday

Most studies of TV viewing shows how awful it can be, that it instills violence, turns our brains to mush and transforms our kids into anorexic, sex-crazed idiots.

Here are a few that reveal the tube helps people ward off loneliness.

According to

New research by psychologists at the University at Buffalo and Miami University, Ohio, indicates that illusionary relationships with the characters and personalities on favorite TV shows can provide people with feelings of belonging, even in the face of low self esteem or after being rejected by friends or family members.

Okay, that actually sounds kind of sad and depressing. Yes, the average person watches more than four hours of TV a day. Yes, four hours a day. We only work and sleep more. And that despite the fact we also spend oodles of time in front of our Blackberries and computer.

The Regular Guys began their stint in Dallas (Quality Rock FM 93.3, formerly the Bone) as a syndicated show this morning. The opener had a bit from Hosea Williams and referenced Atlanta, which host Larry Wachs thought was not a smart way to start the show. They then joked about calling each other by their full names the rest of the year so the Dallas audience would get familiarized with them.

Wachs soon grew more confident:

“Dallas people, you don’t know what’s going to hit you,” Wachs told the audience during the 6 a.m. hour. “You have no freakin’ idea!”

Tim Andrews, part of the show, said the only big adjustment is to “follow the clock.” With just Rock 100.5, they tended to just wing it and play ad when they had to. Now they have to be a bit more strict getting to breaks. There will be some windows to do local-only content e.g. Southside Steve promoting his bar and appearances.

Reaction on the Dallas radio boards was mixed. A former TRG fan now living in Dallas named Miked5551 wrote, “Glad to see Larry, Eric and Southside Steve coming to our airwaves, but wonder how it will be since so much of what they do is ATL related.” Another guy named Wombat noted ruefully, satan “is clearly at work. sirius, you’ve got me 24/7.” And “meaningless handle” wrote, “Our loss is now your loss too. But you Texas secessionists should enjoy several parts of the show. Larry and Eric (and to a lesser extent Steve, but he’s not as strident about it) are both ultra-wingnutty, and Ayn Rand enthusiast Eric was one of the “highlights” of the Atlanta Teabag festival.”

-In mid-March, it was rumored the moment 1380/WAOK-AM dumped Rob Wilson and Rick Joyner, that Warren Ballentine and Al Sharpton would take over. Then it was silence. But contractual issues have finally been straightened out. WAOK is promoting the arrival of the two syndicated hosts on Wednesday.

Both were on Grown Folks 102.5, which earlier this year as a radio station and replaced by Praise at the signal. Ballentine will be on from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, Sharpton from 1 to 4 p.m. Derrick Boazman moves to 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The move of Steve Harvey and Michael Baisden to the new Majik 107.5 has been a good one for ratings, with the station jumping to the top 5 overall in March, the station’s first full month in operation. (Oddly, Kiss held up in March despite the new direct competitor.) And the move of Praise from 97.5 to 102.5 has not damaged the station despite a weaker signal. I will post more specifics when I get them.

4 comments Add your comment


April 27th, 2009
8:13 pm

good for the ‘regular guys’! they’re entertaining, unpredictable and i love wakin’ up with the boys every morning. maybe they’ll throw in a little local dallas flavor now that they’re there

as far as kiss versus majic, as an old skool soul man here, i actually like both. kiss goes mostly 70s, 80s with majic mainly 80s, 90s and today. and speaking of today, i’m lovin’ charlie wilson’s new joint ! it’s smokin’


April 28th, 2009
6:41 am

What’s with the hairpiece that Larry has on his head in that picture. It looks like a Chihuahua on his head.


April 29th, 2009
5:29 pm

can you pick up waok beyond the building it broadcasts out of?

Jeanne Johnson

May 6th, 2009
5:31 pm

Those of us who regularly listen to radio personalities to keep informed about issues of the day, were greatly confused with the mysterious departure of Sharp & Ballentine. Atleast, let us know something! The so-called ‘muzac’ of the current generation just doesn’t do-it for the 70’s kids. Since today there appears to be little appreciation for true instrumentation, melody and lyrics that can be comprehended, I guess well thought out ideas and information is the best next thing. Please, “stay put”, no more changes!