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Herman Cain’s WSB Radio show on hiatus; Erick Erickson takes over

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Herman Cain, after three years on AM750 and now 95.5FM News/Talk WSB, aired his final show Tuesday night so he could pursue a possible presidential bid.

Program Director Pete Spriggs dubs it a “hiatus.”

“Depending how it goes and what he decides and how successful he is,” Spriggs said, ” it could be a very long-term hiatus from the air. He has the exploratory committee to explore the possibility of running for president. It’ s been impossible to do that as it needs to be done across the country and do his talk show.”

Beginning Thursday, Cain will be replaced in the 7 to 10 p.m. time slot by Erick Erickson, who joined WSB Radio last month and whose show had been airing from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Financial expert Dave Ramsey, who left 640/WGST-AM at the end of 2010 and joined WSB Radio, will cover 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. He had been airing from midnight to 3 a.m.

Cain, a conservative businessman who also subbed for Neal Boortz over the years, will talk with Erickson from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday night, according to Erickson on his website www.redstate.com.

Erickson has been contributing to CNN’s “John King, USA” for the past few months from 7 to 8 p.m. Erickson did not say how he will reconcile that responsibility but said he will remain with CNN, as well as run his website.

Because of Federal Communications Commission equal-time provisions, if Cain runs for office, it would complicate his ability to air a radio show because an opponent would have the right to request “equal time.”

Spriggs said that is not an issue yet since Cain has not officially declared he was running for office.

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

183 comments Add your comment

James

February 2nd, 2011
9:59 am

Who didn’t see this coming when Savage was dumped and Ramsey put on at midnight. Ramsey’s agreement probably hinged on the fact that eventually he would get pushed up after Cain started his bid for the White House.
Now at least I get to hear Dave at a more reasonable time.

Jay

February 2nd, 2011
10:40 am

So now in WSB am you can get opinions from both sides. You know, conservatives and ultra conservatives.

Steve

February 2nd, 2011
10:43 am

I can’t believe this guy is serious.

Damon Evans

February 2nd, 2011
10:44 am

Is he running for dogcatcher, because that is the only office he can win. Herman you should have called me and I would have told you the truth. You don’t have a chance buddy.

Bryan G.

February 2nd, 2011
10:46 am

I suppose if you can’t win a statewide race in Georgia, the natural thing to do is run for President. I’m a conservative, but Cain is insane if he thinks he can get the nomination much less win.

No shot

February 2nd, 2011
10:46 am

He has no chance to win anything—save the millions and stay on the radio with the blowhard boortz.

NH

February 2nd, 2011
10:48 am

I was taught at a very early age, if don’t have anything good to say about anyone, be quiet!
I will press my mute button concerning Mr Cain.

William

February 2nd, 2011
10:48 am

I am surprised that this didn’t happen months ago. I don’t know if this was a sack of ol’ Uncle Humon by WSB or not, but I do know that he had the most boring, predictable, ‘always the same topic’ show in the annals of talk radio. I am by no means a political conservative, but at least Ericson is not boring.

Of course, anyone with even half a brain knows that what ol’ Herm is really doing is not running for President, but rather making a move to get more publicity so that he can jack up his speaker fees and gt more speaking engagements. (’Herman, you sly dog you. Just like Sarah Palin, really’). All I can say is that if one is going to be the biggest Uncle Tom around, you might as well get paid for it. See ya Humon.

bob from account temps

February 2nd, 2011
10:53 am

cain, like palin, could be a great fund raising force for the repubs, however, cain could not even carry georgia for any office .

edinatlanta

February 2nd, 2011
10:53 am

He needs to start his campaign now. He talks so slow that if he starts his declaration speech today, he should have it completed by Feb. 2012.

Roekest

February 2nd, 2011
10:59 am

Why, when some black conservative makes the rounds, other blacks call him an “Uncle Tom”. Can you all not accept it when some of you stray from the dogmatic approach of the “black community”? Oh well, why bother asking. It’s just another form of black-on-black violence. I guess you all like to cannibalize each other. It is quite pathetic though….and self-defeating.

NH

February 2nd, 2011
10:59 am

Mr Cain I think you are a……………. ( damn, that little voice is telling me to be quiet!)

bobo

February 2nd, 2011
11:01 am

Man, the racists are out in force this morning.

  

February 2nd, 2011
11:02 am

Go Herman, go!

At least some of us aren’t overly negative and actually support you.

Naw Man

February 2nd, 2011
11:04 am

Herman, surely you haven’t let Boortz hoodwink you into thinking you should run for President. He’s the same guy that told Evander Holyfield it would be a good idea to get into the car business. While I don’t always agree with your politics, I assumed you were smarter than that.

NH

February 2nd, 2011
11:04 am

Yeah Roekest, I bet there are millions and millions of “your kind” just lining up to donate to Mr Cain.
The sad part is, he actually believe you like him.

Ted

February 2nd, 2011
11:05 am

Herman has more experience in running something than the current occupant of the White House did when he started his bid for President, so I don’t know what everyone is bitching about. Herman is the ultimate outsider, and an outsider is exactly what Washington needs right now.

ed

February 2nd, 2011
11:06 am

Comments here should be “exploratory” enough for anyone with a rational mind. Sentiment for Cain can be summed up thusly: “Who cares?”

Naw Man

February 2nd, 2011
11:13 am

C’mon Herman, you get some love from the Tea Party crowd after doing a couple of dog and ponies for them and now thoughts of the Oval office? C’mon Herman, you obviously haven’t spoken to Michael Steele lately about the perils of being the token brother of the month.

HDB

February 2nd, 2011
11:14 am

Roekest
February 2nd, 2011
10:59 am

To answer your question, read this:

http://www.blackcommentator.com/154/154_thindwa_black_conservatives.html

Tommy Gunn

February 2nd, 2011
11:17 am

I have and will be a supporter of Herman Cain. Call him names if you will, but his politics are sound. I will vote for him, and had been running for gov., would have been a MUCh better choice than we had!

Good Grief

February 2nd, 2011
11:18 am

Just out of curiosity, why do so many of you have such a negative view of Herman Cain?

I’ve heard the man speak on a couple of occasions, and he makes a lot of since to me. Plus, he’s got more experience (not just political) than most of the candidates the two big parties have thrown up the last few elections.

Chess

February 2nd, 2011
11:18 am

Roekest

Your answer is my point. He actually thinks he can politically connect with demons who would never drink from the same cup. Yet you call me savage.

BitterEXdemocrackkk

February 2nd, 2011
11:19 am

I think he would make an incredible, ACTUAL, first black President.

Prez Obozo

February 2nd, 2011
11:19 am

Herman Cain would make a lot better president than another 4 years of what we are stuck with now!

Get It Right

February 2nd, 2011
11:21 am

Herman has as much right – and a great deal more experience – to run for president as does PrezBo. While he may not win, I think you find much of what he has to say will resonate with the people. You will also have the added benefit in knowing that he will say the same thing, using the same accent, to any group he addresses. We all know we won’t hear that from the incumbent.

alesure

February 2nd, 2011
11:24 am

Running for President, REALLY? Mr. Cain has as much chance as I do… ZERO!. He his trying to get his name out there to raise his price for speaking fees. I wish him well and he will not be missed on WBS. Boring show.

JoMoss

February 2nd, 2011
11:30 am

What do you mean his politics are sound, TommyGunn? Admittedly I only listened to him a few times, but it seems to me he just parrots the standard conservative bumper-sticker ideas: lower taxes (even if it adds to the deficit), cut government spending (but not the bloated defense industry), drill baby drill, etc.
The guy is a tool, and he doesn’t stand a chance for a presidential nomination.

Finally

February 2nd, 2011
11:32 am

Herman, you do know if you run you will split the black vote do you?
I mean blacks only voted for Obama because of the color of his skin so you being black
will hurt his chances…..isn’t that right????

Good Grief

February 2nd, 2011
11:33 am

JoMoss -
So it’s bad to parrot conservative talking points, but parroting liberal talking points is okay? (Hillary, Obama, Reid, Pelosi)

Finally

February 2nd, 2011
11:37 am

I mean don’t you

Herman is Dreamy

February 2nd, 2011
11:38 am

this has nothing to do with getting elected. This is a year-long commercial for his radio show, which he will return to with higher ratings. Not that we need more conservative talk radio – they all just repeat the same talking points over and over again, regardless of how far from the truth they are.

Hey conservatives: DEFICITS DON’T MATTER, remember?? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Hetero Hal

February 2nd, 2011
11:39 am

Herman Cain = The Anti-Obama

ME LIKEY!!!

Whacks Eloquent

February 2nd, 2011
11:39 am

As for Herman’s lack of political experience, that’s what he’s running on. What good has Washington experience done us in the last 2…10…20…years? You get the picture. Besides, he ran Godfather’s Pizza for a decade and a half.

As for his losing the 2004 Senate race, frankly that was a different time. GOP had captured the White House 4 years earlier, was looking at a wartime situation and a strong GOP upswing (which would be their last). Back then the old GOP guard ruled the roost, and those who associate themselves as Tea Partiers were not strongly united yet. In Post-9/11 days, there was still hope that the GOP would turn things around, but alas they went the opposite direction and were rightly shown the door in the next 2 elections. I think the state and the country are much more ready for a Herman Cain now…

NH

February 2nd, 2011
11:40 am

Finally and you voted against him only because of the color of his skin.

snickers409

February 2nd, 2011
11:40 am

My cat is more qualified to run for POTUS than this dummy. Of course he’s probably just interested in all the donations even a fool like himself could rake in from people even dumber than he is. And believe me there is a LOT of stupidity in this country.

Tim

February 2nd, 2011
11:41 am

Herman could be the Reagan of this generation. I also believe he could unite all races in a manner not seen to date. There is not a gray area bone in his body which is great. I am tired of elected leaders who promote “DRFDP”= Different rules for different people.

HDB

February 2nd, 2011
11:44 am

Good Grief
February 2nd, 2011
11:18 am

To be honest…..Herman Cain stands ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE!!

One: Everything he states is a talking point….no original thought processes there!!
Two: He won’t garner support in the black community because he is another Clarence Thomas: cut the same programs that allowed HIM to succeed!
Three: Cain has forgotten where he came from; his version of self-reliance is to forget who helped him get to where he is!!
Four: Cain tends to marginalize anyone whose experiences runs counter to his; he is in denial (yes…even “up the river”) that others’ experiences differ from his…and neglects the fact that his progression occurred in a rather LIBERAL state, Minnesota (home base of Pillsbury).

When more issues come forth, I’ll relate them…..

Chess

February 2nd, 2011
11:47 am

Cain needs to drive through Powder Springs and check all the stars and bars flying high…..Look away…look away…

- Josey Wales

Come on son

February 2nd, 2011
11:49 am

Our current President is doing a better job than the “experienced” President before him. It really does not matter, the GOP does not have anyone who can win a national election over President Obama. Palin, “our allies in North Korea”, Gingrich, “serve my hospital-ridden wife divorce papers”, Rhomney, “I’m a Mormon so the GOP base will never support me”, Huckabee, “At least I can win the deep south”, everyone else does not even have regional appeal outside of their home state. Just plan for 2016.

Murry

February 2nd, 2011
11:49 am

Keep him off the air!! Thank You…

Ned

February 2nd, 2011
11:50 am

Conservatives suffer from a collective mental illness.

DawgDad

February 2nd, 2011
11:52 am

I enjoy Herman Cain’s radio show, as do many of my friends, and will miss him on the air. Wish him well. I’m very pleased to see he’s so effectively riled up the leftists.

JeezLouise

February 2nd, 2011
11:53 am

People like Roekest absolutely love guys like Herman Cain, because he does the bidding of the ideology and people who relish his contributions to their propanganda campaign. Much like we prop up leaders around the world (like Mubarak), the modern day Conservative ilke props up the Herman Cains and Michael Steeles of the world and tells Black folk we should feel bad for not running up behind these non-threatening negroes. Step outta line and become a perceived threat though (Michael Steele) and see what it gets you. Do I say that minorities should trust the Democratic establisment? No, because ultimately they are complicit in perpetuating the proganda as well. They provide the fuel for the other sides’ fire. Ultimately, it works out the way it should. The oppressor stays so with power, money and influence and the oppressed remain oppressed through division, misinformation and dependency.

Finally

February 2nd, 2011
11:55 am

NH, you missed the point

gm

February 2nd, 2011
11:59 am

Roekest: You guys are going to treat him the way you did Richard Steele’
We considered him a token because he has no credibility in the black community.
The Rep party have never elected a black Sen or Gov in Georgia, at least the Demo elected a black President, please stop playing these games with these tokens, whites are not going to vote for this man, you are pushing him out there for failure.

A Listener

February 2nd, 2011
12:01 pm

Check yourself, folks. The man has a right to follow his own heart and express his own thoughts. Don’t be so quick to knock him down. Remember the Golden Rule…

ALdC

February 2nd, 2011
12:01 pm

For a gentleman who has demonstrated a stunning level of ignorance on everything from the US judicial system to macroeconomics, Herman Cain is simply not suited for any elective office. His factless pontifications on WSB have demonstrated that he is ignorant about many of the core subjects on which a presidential candidate should be an expert. I won’t speculate about the real nature of his supposed run and “hiatus,” but the impossibility of his gaining the nomination is glaringly obvious.

A Listener

February 2nd, 2011
12:03 pm

Also, I am white and I would vote for this man.

Browncoat

February 2nd, 2011
12:11 pm

Cain’s no less qualified than the current occupant of the White House, although that’s not saying much.