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Redstate.com’s Erick Erickson, Dave Ramsey join WSB Radio; Michael Savage off

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Conservative commentator Erick Erickson, who operates blog site RedState.com, will host a local weekday show from 9 p.m. to midnight on AM 750 and now 95.5FM News/Talk WSB starting Monday. Erickson, who lives in Macon, regularly appears on CNN to talk about politics.

Financial guru and talk show host Dave Ramsey, who recently was bumped for a local afternoon show on 640/WGST-AM, will also join WSB from midnight to 3 a.m. Ramsey had been offered an evening spot on WGST but opted for WSB’s broader reach.

“He’ll be a great one-two punch with Clark Howard to add to our stable,” said program director Pete Spriggs Wednesday morning.

“Isn’t that cool?” Howard said in an interview today. “He reaches a different audience. His [show] is about people out of control in debt and getting their debt back in control. I cover everything people do with their wallet, not just people in crisis in debt. It’s like going to different specialists.”

Ramsey’s show, which is based out of Nashville, can be heard on 450 stations nationwide with an estimated 4.5 million weekly listeners.You can also listen to him live from 2 to 5 p.m. EST on his website, www.daveramsey.com. He has used his show as a platform for his successful Total Money Makeover seminars, which he most recently held last October at the Gwinnett Arena.

“We’re excited to be part of the WSB family,” said  Suzanne Simms, vice president of Affiliate Relations for Ramsey, in a press release. “Dave has a lot of fans in the Atlanta area and we’re glad to bring them the show on Atlanta’s premier radio station.”

San Francisco-based syndicated host and native New Yorker Michael Savage will no longer be aired on the station, where he has been on from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. He has been with WSB for many years, first in an early evening spot but moved three years ago to a late-night position.

Herman Cain, the former senatorial candidate and ex-CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, will go to a two-hour format from three hours, airing from 7 to 9 p.m. instead of 7 to 10 p.m. Cain joined WSB three years ago and is a regular substitute for Neal Boortz, WSB’s syndicated host from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

96 comments Add your comment

love talk radio

January 5th, 2011
10:31 am

I’ll miss Savage I really enjoyed listening to him hopefully someone else in ATL will pick him up

Teddy

January 5th, 2011
10:47 am

Who is going to entertain us with stories of going to restaurants, conspiracies and growing up in Brooklyn?

There goes my late night insomnia cure – Re-Boortz. Radio is going to go the way of TV.. On demand where and when I want it rather than what a program director dictates. Podcasts are a great start.

Steve

January 5th, 2011
10:47 am

How is that a broader audience at midnight to 3AM? I like to listen to Dave Ramsey but I’m not going to listen to him at 2AM. And the replacement on 640 for Ramsey is terrible, I forget his name because if it isn’t Boortz all the angry white guys sound the same, and I’m an angry white person, but Dave’s replacement is difficult to listen to.

JerryT

January 5th, 2011
10:56 am

Jeez. Why do we continue to reward idiots.

Daniel

January 5th, 2011
11:03 am

I was wondering why, when I tuned in to WGST at 4:30 yesterday afternoon, Dave Ramsey wasn’t on. I figured maybe he was on vacation or sick or something. Apparently Rusty Humphries now does 3-6 on WGST. The 30 minutes I listened to was enough, and I don’t really care for him that much. I started listening to Ramsey instead of Sean Hannity on the drive home, since I tired of Hannity pretty quick. Guess it’s straight iPod now in the afternoon. So bummed that Ramsey isn’t on til fracking midnight. Boo to that.

Joseph

January 5th, 2011
11:04 am

Savage is a one of a kind Renaissance Man of talk shows. His advanced education and blue-collar upbringing makes him both credible and grounded. I will miss his Brooklyn spin on left-wing lunacy!

Snooze

January 5th, 2011
11:10 am

Just when you thought radio could not get more boring…..it did!

Edgar

January 5th, 2011
11:10 am

So the Robespierre of Macon replaces the Savage Nation. Fitting, really. If there were a bigger ego than Savage, Erickson would be near the top of the list. Savage is a lunatic. I’ll miss hearing his crazy speak, but I’m also glad he won’t be polluting the Atlanta airwaves anymore.

Dano

January 5th, 2011
11:13 am

Herman Cain and Michael Savage were the two most difficult hosts to listen to on WSB. Adding Erickson and Ramsey will increase the entertainment value, too! Great move, Boss Hogg!

sugarpikegang

January 5th, 2011
11:14 am

Dave Ramsey should replace Hannity! That guy is awful!

sugarpikegang

January 5th, 2011
11:15 am

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jungleland

January 5th, 2011
11:18 am

Dave on a midnight means I will never hear him anymore :(

Scott

January 5th, 2011
11:21 am

Dave Ramsey on WSB from midnight to 3 a.m. – are you kidding me? Sure Dave, you’ll have a strong signal but no audience. Pete Spriggs – how does that decision make any sense??

oldtimer

January 5th, 2011
11:24 am

Like Boortz, Cain, Howard, Ramsey…Really dislike Hannity. I used to listen to Ramsey to not listen to him. Move Cain to 4..or Ramsey.

oldtimer

January 5th, 2011
11:25 am

I will stream Ramsey from my computer from a day station.

HollywoodDon

January 5th, 2011
11:27 am

Bring Phil Henry back somewhere…..too bad about Mike Savage bean removed…….guess I can go to sleep earlier now….and I still miss Paul Harvey’s voice…someone please play reruns of his rest of the story stories…happy new year

Connie

January 5th, 2011
11:30 am

I agree with sugarpikegang! We need Dave Ramsey on at a reasonable time. I’m not awake between midnight and 3am; plus I won’t listen to Sean Hannity or Ramsey’s replacement. I guess I won’t be listening to any evening radio,

Daryl-Atlanta

January 5th, 2011
11:30 am

Try this link to listen to Michael Savage’s radio program online from other stations throughout the nation. http://radiotime.com/program/p_20626/The_Savage_Nation.aspx

carlton

January 5th, 2011
11:34 am

G. Gordon Liddy was a Renaissance man. He paid attention when the nuns taught. Okay, he lost his way for a moment, but his show (long gone now) was enlightening on multiple levels. Savage was just mean. No loss.

[...] seriousness, Congrats to Erick Erickson, co-founder and Editor Emeritus of Peach Pundit, who is now the WSB radio host weeknights from 9:00pm to midnight.  I know it’s been a longtime goal of his, and after listening to many of his guest [...]

Andy

January 5th, 2011
11:45 am

I’m not sure I would listen to Dave Ramsey on WSB Radio if at all. He’s barely tolerable on Fox Business. If he was on after Hannity, it might be better but not much.

And Herman Cain needs to go — that man is more insane than Michael Savage. Savage just talks about conspiracies and weird stuff — Cain is a crazy person yelling.

Jones, My Opinion

January 5th, 2011
11:47 am

Getting rid of Savage?! Arrgghhh

No thank you to the new line up. I’d rather listen to the old 95.5 The Beat playing non-stop Nelly, GaGa, and other auditory gore.

Jonesmyopinion.wordpress.com

Uncle Joe

January 5th, 2011
11:48 am

I guess Michael’s too honest (or Blunt) for WSB. No more stories about watching the cook at a resort dropping cigarette ashes in the big vat of tuna fish that he’s up to his armpits stirring. Honestly, Savage is unique and entertaining. He also tells it like it is and is not out to make everyone like him.

As for Ramsey, you can have him. He and his nit wit “I’M DEBT FREE!” folks are boring. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that if you spend “money” (ill-gotten credit) that you don’t have, you’ll quickly be in debt. One does feel sorry for those who, through no fault of there own (illness, death of bread winner), find themselves in debt. But this is not usually the scenario on Ramsey’s show.

Now if WGST would just fill Ramsey’s spot with “the Kimmer”!

Darko

January 5th, 2011
11:49 am

I guess my days of tuning the radio to 640 AM are over.

Denny Schaeffer

January 5th, 2011
11:49 am

JM

January 5th, 2011
11:52 am

Just what WSB needs…more bile and blather from ignorant hate mongers….and, why, why, do you keep adding the “and now 95.5 FM” to the end of WSB…it sounds stupid and it reads stupid!

rb

January 5th, 2011
11:57 am

i enjoy the political talk, but dave should be on the air when people who need/enjoy his show are actually awake! people can always listen to dave live from his website from 2-5 P.M. est!

Jeff

January 5th, 2011
12:03 pm

Bad, bad time slot for Dave Ramsey. And the day Gerry Raffert passed away, to boot.

Mike Corn

January 5th, 2011
12:05 pm

Isn’t Erick Erickson the guy that referred to US Supreme Court associate David Souter as a “goat f*$#ing child molester”. He will definitely raise the bar for being bat sh*t crazy, cause that is obviously a requirement to being a conservative talk show host these days. But then again, maybe David Souter is a goat f*$#ing child molester or maybe his words were taken out of context.

SF

January 5th, 2011
12:06 pm

PHIL HENDRE IS THE WAY TO GO

Kevin

January 5th, 2011
12:06 pm

I don’t claim to fully understand the radio business, but I’m not an idiot either. The replacement of Ramsey with whatshisname just doesn’t add up to me. Yea, I am a fan of Ramsey’s show, so maybe I’m biased. But I thought tens (hundreds) of thousands additional area residents were fans also.

And Mr. Spriggs “one/two” comment is just plain silly. I think it’s fair to say that the vast, vast majority of current Ramsey listeners won’t tune in at midnight.

Bad move all the way around. Combined with their super weak signal strength, WGST just lost a button on my radio.

ATL Inquirer

January 5th, 2011
12:09 pm

Rodney,

Two Questions:

1. When will an Atlanta radio station finally go back to airing “The Phil Hendrie Show” in Atlanta at a time when most of us are actually AWAKE and can listen to it?

( NOTE: WCFO airing it from 1-4 in the morning does not count.)

2. When is someone going to wise up and return our beloved “THE KIMMER” to our local airwaves as well on a permanent, non-guest-appearance basis?

Thanks.

John

January 5th, 2011
12:14 pm

i useed to listen to Savage all the time, and still do sometimes. What happened to him? I heard something about he was barred from England and had been suspended in the US. He must have really pissed some people off, more than he has been doing for years now.

Reality TV blows

January 5th, 2011
12:15 pm

I have to laugh at all the mindless lefties and their incredibly predictable and inane comments of “hate radio/mongering” or “angry/crazy ranting and raving” in regards to those they don’t agree with.

BW

January 5th, 2011
12:16 pm

Never heard this Erick guy before but it’s probably WSB getting someone ready for when Boortz retires. Cain is too old.

And yes, let’s finally ditch this “and now 95.5″

Radio Ga Ga

January 5th, 2011
12:29 pm

Erickson is informative, but I will miss Michael Savage and his no holds barred viewpoint. Not good news for late nighters like myself.

Herman Cain’s show sounds like most are taped. He says the same stuff every time.

Tom

January 5th, 2011
12:30 pm

Bring back Mike Malloy!!! (ok, maybe not).

Twinkle

January 5th, 2011
12:32 pm

I’m terribly upset that they’re putting Dave Ramsey on late at night when I’ll never be able to listen. I couldn’t believe when I tuned in and they had that new joker on in his place. I agree with what so many of you have already said – WGST has lost me. Nothing on that station to waste my time on any more.

John

January 5th, 2011
12:38 pm

A day without Michael Savage is a day without reading World Net Daily.Michael Savage is the last true conservative on the radio.I’ll take him over Hannity anyday of the week.Hannity is nothing but a lapdog for the Republican party.

WSB;do you remember the Chris Krok fiasco?

Jim R.

January 5th, 2011
12:41 pm

640 WGST has gone the way of the pay-phone, eight track cassettes, typewriters, 14.4 K modem connections-anything else I may have missed??

Ted Striker

January 5th, 2011
12:52 pm

WSB has gone downhill since Ludlow Porch left.

Mom

January 5th, 2011
12:59 pm

Dave Ramsey in the middle of the night is probably appropriate. People who work normal jobs in the daytime hours and sleep at night don’t need to listen to his self-serving tripe anyway. He’s only helpful to the sheep…I mean people… who can’t think for themselves, who don’t know how to do simple math, who completely lack self control, who have no understanding of how finances and long term planning works and who are happy to work long after they should have been able to retire.

I equate listening to him with listening to Dr. Laura. It can be fun to listen to for the pure entertainment factor, but the advice is terrible.

Prez Obozo

January 5th, 2011
1:01 pm

Makes you wonder with Bootrz talking about retiring not to far down the road & taking Savage off, are the WSB producers starting to lean to the left?? Are they thinking they can make more money being in bed with Obozo & company?? If they do I’ll NEVER listen to WSB again!

I begging you...

January 5th, 2011
1:06 pm

Bring back the Kimmer!

David

January 5th, 2011
1:11 pm

I am soooo glad to see Mike Savage go I just couldn’t take him!!

Kay

January 5th, 2011
1:13 pm

Yaay-I can start listening to WSB after 10pm again. Can’t stand Michael Savage.

stinger

January 5th, 2011
1:20 pm

I used to listen to Ramsey on the way home from work everyday until recently, because he’s not on WGST anymore, I’d definitely listen to him…but not at midnight…I’m asleep then..Why can’t you put him on a reasonable hour? I’d much rather listen to him than Clark or Hanity

Keith

January 5th, 2011
1:26 pm

It doesn’t matter who WSB puts on the air because after thet say “NewsTalk WSB AM 750 And Now 95.5 FM” several dozen times an hour there’s no time for anyone to talk.

notasdumb

January 5th, 2011
1:27 pm

I will miss listening to Dave Ramsey for its comedic value.

Typical Caller: “Dave, I just purchased a $40,000 truck and I am having trouble paying all my bills. What should I do?”
Dave: “How much do you make?”
Typical Caller: “This has been a really good year. I will gross $30,000 this year”.

I really have done some dumb things in my life, but listening to Dave Ramsey makes me feel like a genius.

atw2atl

January 5th, 2011
1:40 pm

Completely p*ssed….why would a radio station put Dave Ramsey on at a hour when NO ONE will listen? I understood the “ride home” time slot because it was a way to get motivated from the “work day” but now you place him when the majority of listeners are sleeping? Makes no sense.

Thankfully I have a subscription to mytotalmoneymakeover.com and get his podcasts.