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Ryan Stewart talks ‘Stripped,’ shortened hours at 790/The Zone

Former Georgia Tech and Detroit Lion Ryan Stewart, Corinne Van Ryck de Groot, and Arle Michel rehearse a scene from "Torn," a Christian drama, last year during Stewart's last play. CREDIT: Bita Honarvar

Former Georgia Tech and Detroit Lion Ryan Stewart, Corinne Van Ryck de Groot, and Arle Michel rehearse a scene from "Torn," a Christian drama, last year during Stewart's last play. CREDIT: Bita Honarvar

I caught up with Ryan Stewart, half of the 2 Live Stews on 790/The Zone, Saturday at the Whole World Theatre while he prepped for this week’s play “Stripped” on July 27 to 31 at the Ferst Center for the Arts.

Stewart told me that as of today, his hours are cut 33%. Instead of 1 to 4 p.m., they will now get to work on air from 1 to 3 p.m. To match up Mike Bell and David Pollack against Matt Chernoff and Chuck Oliver over at rival 680/The Fan, Pollack & Bell will now work four hours from 3 to 7 p.m.

The Stews, who have had their hours changed frequently over the years, recently ended their syndicated show with Sporting News. The show is now only heard locally.

Chuck & Chernoff, who had been on air during mid-days, were moved earlier this month to drive-time because their numbers were the strongest at the station. The Zone’s Pollack & Bell had been starting to beat in the ratings Buck Belue and John Kincade, who swapped places with Chuck & Chernoff.

Stewart plays a former NFL player in the play ‘Stripped,” not a stretch since he is a former NFL player himself who was on the Detroit Lions from 1996 to 2000. He’s one of the secondary leads, a support for the main ex-NFL player, portrayed by another NFL vet Dorsey Levens. Stewart was also in a play a year ago called “Torn.”

Others in the play include Lisa Wu Hartwell (formerly of “Real Housewives of Atlanta”) and Rashan Ali (NBA.com, Hot 107.9, V-103).

Here’s my video interview with Ryan:

IF YOU GO

“Stripped,”

311 comments Add your comment

The Truth

July 25th, 2011
12:51 pm

The truth hurts eh Stews? Your show used to be good then your anti-white sentiment alienated a big portion of your listeners while your “I’m better than you” attitude took out the rest. Happy for Bell and Pollack.

FedUp

July 25th, 2011
1:02 pm

This show a few years back was ok, now it’s become nothing more than a “rap” party. The whole WE LOVE VICK, WE HATE RYAN crowd. I quit listening a few weeks ago.

Doug Stewart Is An Angry Black Man

July 25th, 2011
1:12 pm

Doug Stewart is your typical angry black man and has alienated that show from a lot of the audience.

Marcus

July 25th, 2011
1:13 pm

I love the Stews! They have a refreshing perspective and the show is quite entertaining. Bottom line: they keep it real. The Truth..and FedUp..keep it moving.

I am LEGEND

July 25th, 2011
1:13 pm

I am surprised they even have 3 hours. They need to hang it up.

quanxavier

July 25th, 2011
1:13 pm

Bring back the skits on the show.

Dan

July 25th, 2011
1:14 pm

Two hours?

The ratings data must be brutal for what once was The Next Big Thing in Atlanta sports talk to be dumped at 3 in order to avoid having Chuck & Chernoff peel off listeners at 3 pm.

If that reduction in air time has a reduction in pay that goes with it, the chronically cash strapped 790 may be trying to shed 2 more salaries.

Ric Flair

July 25th, 2011
1:15 pm

HAHHAHAHAHHAHAHA serves these idiots right! All the behind the scenes staff was treated like crap by these D’bags. Hope they spent all their money on bling, and get canned!

chc4

July 25th, 2011
1:16 pm

Wow, the Stews are really bad. I listen to sports talk alot and that’s the one show I absolutely avoid. And no, I’m not a racist. My only prejudice is against bad sports radio hosts.

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 25th, 2011
1:30 pm

I think the Stews had some good stuff when they talked about sports, I quit listening to them a year or so ago when everything became racial, just wanted some sports talk, not race wars…

I Like the Stews

July 25th, 2011
1:33 pm

I sincerely miss the 2 Live Stews on XM/Sirus The Power. I wasn’t the least bit interested in sports radio until their show. That station needs to do sooo much better as all the shows go off from 7 or 8 to 12PM on weekdays. Bring the Stew’s Back and fill that programming void!

TPM

July 25th, 2011
1:34 pm

They need to cut 2 more hours out daily

David

July 25th, 2011
1:36 pm

Most of Atlanta sports radio hosts are recycled from the last 10 years. With Liberty owning 790 now, I except to see new hosts between the hours of 6 AM to 3 PM. I would not be surprised if they uses the shows on their sister station in Miami and Denver. Steak’s days in Atlanta are numbered and he knows it. That is why he has to lash at Kincade and Oliver. The Stewart brothers had a good run, but they did not know how to keep it fresh.

Truth Hurts

July 25th, 2011
1:37 pm

xeno you need professional help for sure. The Stews brought this on themselves. Any xenophobe knows that they played the race card frequently for any situation, especially Doug. He was the one who said “Why should I talk about baseball? Just too many white folks!” Then when they went national, they had to talk about sports other than the NBA and football.

I really liked them, especially Ryan, at first but then they tended to overplay their hand and I heard from media sources that they were being dropped like crazy because of their tendencies to do the race thing. So sorry xeno, I think this is a textbook case of being your own worse enemy. I, myself, would like for them to stick around and revamp the show some. When things get stale, time to make a few changes.

G

July 25th, 2011
1:38 pm

The least of the Stews worries is racist bloggers that hide behind a keyboard. If you don’t like them, its free to turn the dial and listen to a show that “suits” you best. Stews are still the Best in the A, you know this, and hate it! LOL!

…………..and like Jim Crow…….. I’m gone!

Love The Stews

July 25th, 2011
1:41 pm

790 is making a big mistake!

d34gll

July 25th, 2011
1:42 pm

racism goes both ways.. only one is sanctioned to call it out though.. Atlanta will never change until they start admiting that – which will NEVER happen.

Michael

July 25th, 2011
1:43 pm

They had their run.

Jeremy

July 25th, 2011
1:47 pm

The reason Chuck and Chernoff’s #’s were so ood was that they were on air during The Stews and so many people felt turned off they turned to 680…

Stanley In Marietta

July 25th, 2011
1:49 pm

Will they make Pollack actually come in to work now?

Warren G

July 25th, 2011
1:49 pm

I would like a new Mike & Mike show. Michael Wilbon & Mike Trico-2 well informed black sports commentators. Doug uses “I played NFL football, sir” as a way of validating his point. Actually you played for the Lions sir & they don’t count.

Nothing but the Truth

July 25th, 2011
1:50 pm

Xenophobia75- a typical Stews response, and appropriate that you would have grammatical errors and difficulties with syntax and basic sentence structure in a public forum.

The fact that the guys are black is irrelevant, it is that they are awful, inaccurate and clearly say things to get dumb black fans to agree with them. The reality is black or white, sports fans in this town like their hosts not to bark, swear, and have no class.

People who aren’t black spend a lot of money and have families too, and those clowns ran many to 680 the Fan and smart black listeners I’m sure as well…including me.

Both men are married and have children and are a disgrace to their communities. Funny how Stewart mentioned his MONEY and his contract being good for “at least a year and a half,” that’s all they seem to care about and it shows. That time frame will give Lincoln Financial plenty of time to find their replacement.

Let’s be honest, the titanic is going down and those clowns are still barking on the deck…for only two hours now, THANK GOODNESS.

Lost Syndication deal, lost an hour, pushed to midday where they still know nothing. They are Racist, unlistenable, rude and juvenile. They probably need to leave town, good riddance they aren’t Atlanta guys anyway, let them do a show with Mike Vick…who may be better on radio than these imbeciles anyway.

no mistake, long overdue.

They are close to their 15 minutes…tick…tick…tick 14:37 on the clock

Cool hand luke

July 25th, 2011
1:53 pm

AllllRIIGHHHT ALLLLRIGHHHHT….Ha. CUT THE WHOLE THING. Get people who know sports on the radio. 790 as a whole stinks. That morning show is like listening to the VIEW. Guys…..come on.

DarrylWD

July 25th, 2011
1:54 pm

It’s about time. Their anti-white bigoted inspired displays of hyped up stereotyping white America as being hill billies and racist, showcases the mainstream black-america attitude. It makes me sick!

Ric Flair

July 25th, 2011
1:55 pm

Shoot, most the Stews fan base is too lazy to work anyway

DarkBrown

July 25th, 2011
1:56 pm

I always found them hard to listen to on most days and only mildy entertaining on their best.

I also agree that they got caught up in their own hype, bought into their own press. Such is life.

DarrylWD

July 25th, 2011
1:57 pm

@zeno…75 shut the &)(*# up. We know you are a fake. That attitude toward others doesn’t exist any longer, well… not by anyone who can read.

Just so you know ....

July 25th, 2011
1:58 pm

Being a syndicated show that the Stews were for a while … many of us would have a heart attack if we knew how much money they were making for that crap they spouted … yes, very nice 6-figure salaries! I thought the show sounded like a “House Party” or something. Waaay too loud with all the barking, all-riiight-all riiight, your in the dooooooog hoooooouse, and I’m gone crap. Let’s here some good, low key sports talk fellas!

big daddy J

July 25th, 2011
1:59 pm

I am a white male and couldn’t be happier that Buck and Kincaid got a butt kicking and are off the drive time home. Talk about over inflated egos. Buck used to be a regular type guy but totally lost his roots of a south Georgia boy. Kincaid is just a jerk period. Maybe a humble pie tastes good.

Lets play the race card instead of speaking the truth

July 25th, 2011
2:01 pm

no one wants to hear two ebonics spewing no talent hacks barking anti-white man trash for 3 hours….. this is no surprise.

tim

July 25th, 2011
2:07 pm

BYE BYE STEWS……how many times in a minute can you use the word “man”? Hey man, how u doin man, what up man, listen to me man, i’m cool man, just chillin man, i’m out man……

ATL BRAVE

July 25th, 2011
2:08 pm

Well there is obviously a lot more going on behind the scenes than what we are all aware of. Since we are not privileged to the sensative information all we can do is speculate. Average sports talk listeners like you and me are left to only wonder why 790 got rid of Chuck and Matt Chernoff in the first place. I’m sure money played a role but so did egos and some in cat fighting i’m sure. Liberty Media runs the show now and they “know what’s best”. Yes, the Stews often bring up race on their show…lets face it that was their niche! I don’t see to many other top rated shows around the country with black hosts!! Mmmmm I wonder why? Let’s not be fooled by this change. The Stews do their thang come football season and if they leave Atl it will be the cities loss! These guys can roll over to Serius/XM and create a new brand of radio. There are tons of Kincade’s and Belue’s out there to keep the rest of you happy. I’m thinking maybe the Stew’s kept it a little to real for radio and we have all been reminded of who really runs things…feel free to asume what that means, but the Stews are only guilty of what most of us all think but never say! In the end, they will be just fine! Mike Bell is still one of the funniest men on radio..Chuck Oliver is still the Kang and we will all switch back and fourth between shows whenever there is a 5min long commercial. I for one am tired of this in city cat fighting between sports stations. And for you whites out there that can’t handle the Stews brand of radio save the BS..we all know what you really want to say but can’t say it! The show isn’t FOR YOU..if we blacks can have something of our own for 2-3hrs a day it won’t kill anybody…Except I guess for Liberty Media…because god forbid RACE is actually a subject that two TALK show host bring up! Maybe if we all wake up and see that RACE plays a role in everything we do and see for that matter especially in sports then this world might be able to move on. One doesn’t have to look much further than to see who OWN’S the teams and who plays for the teams. You will all have to forgive the Stews for making mention of that every now and then.

Martin Luther King

July 25th, 2011
2:09 pm

I would love to hear Steak’s view on this. I’m sure he’s got some excuse to why the Stews were scaled back. And I’m sure it has nothing to do with their lack of knowledge, racist rants, and overall bad show but with Atlanta is a racist sports city.

Nothing but the Truth

July 25th, 2011
2:10 pm

Yet another move by 790, and another sign they are reactive and losing to 680 The Fan.

…and If he thinks his employers will pay him syndicated and afternoon drive contract money to do two hours of work, he is dumber than his show…which is something very hard to be, but not for those guys.

Funny thing is his brother is even more of a no-talent hack than he is and a blatant racist. They could still sell liquor to their people though when all else fails.

Funny his play is entitled “Stripped”, and is his shirt from the Liberace collection at the swap meet?

amy

July 25th, 2011
2:11 pm

I have been a big fan of their show for years but lately all this ninja talk has turned me off. BUT I will listen to anyone besides that Bell jerk. I don’t know how Pollack puts up with him.

The truth

July 25th, 2011
2:11 pm

Sadly, $$ is what drives 99% of, for darn sure, USofA society. Gettin paid!

I used to work in radio….It’s irksome to see people so undeserving make so much $ to boot … i.e. Steak Shapiro, Nick Cillini, Mike Bell, David Pollack, and The Stews. I think Dimino is the only everyday on-air personality at 790 that’s justified to get paid to talk sports on the radio. But he’s still overpaid, as ALL everyday on-air personalities are (Boortz, Clark Howard, Frank Ski, Lard-arse Vicki, et al)!

No radio personality anywhere has a shift that’s longer than 5 hours…that’s a mere 25 hours per week. I know they do other things too, but they seldom, if ever, actually work 40 hours, and get paid handsome salaries! And public appearances mean extra $, so don’t even try it on-air folk!

David

July 25th, 2011
2:19 pm

http://www.790theticket.com/sportsbrothers.aspx

These guys could be the Steward Brothers replacements. What Ryan failed to say was his contract is not guaranteed and he could be let go for any reason without pay. Unless he has a buy out clause, which would be a small sum of money as a buy out..

Reality

July 25th, 2011
2:20 pm

Karma is bee-yatch. What goes around comes around.

Chuck Norris

July 25th, 2011
2:21 pm

I used to listen to them but over time they changed. There was a lot of “anti-white” barbs and I grew tired of hearing the Ebonics every 7th word. Why not hire a couple Hebrews to take over and call it “The 2 Live Jews”?

Kenneth

July 25th, 2011
2:21 pm

I am black. I stopped listening to them too because they joked around too too much. Ryan cracked a lot of corny jokes. I like Buck and Kinkaid now.

I read Mr. Xenophobia and I don’t think he is kidding. He is probably a Ku Klux.

The truth

July 25th, 2011
2:22 pm

I agree Amy …

I can’t believe a radio station anywhere, much less a top 10 market, lets a guy like Mike Bell spout-off about “bird-dogging” chicks, or how wasted he gets as much as he has over the years – Very unprofessional!

Brock

July 25th, 2011
2:23 pm

in this case- less is definitely more. barkin fools

LSUDAN

July 25th, 2011
2:26 pm

The Stews were funny and fresh for a while. Talking about race is actually a healthy thing, we should embrace it, not avoid it. Sports can serve as a common ground and at times they invite and welcome views from their “white brothers”. However, when they present themselves as “speakers of truth” but then perpetuate negative stereotypes (default anti-white attitude, “blasting” callers with a shotgun, skits about children out of wedlock, etc.), clearly not doing their homework regarding sports facts and overplaying the race card, even the black listeners are turning them off. Stick to the fun Stews and you will rebound!

Steakie

July 25th, 2011
2:26 pm

Oh, oh..I hope I’m not next!

Nothing but the Truth

July 25th, 2011
2:27 pm

What do the Stews mean when they refer to a black man as a “Ninja?”

FALCONS SORRY

July 25th, 2011
2:29 pm

THEY CUT THEM BACK BECAUSE THEY RACIST. WHEN NOBODY LISTEN ANYMORE THEN THEY TRY TO BRING THEM BACK BUT IT BE LATE. CROWN ROYAL WILL HIRE THEM TO PITCH THEY LIQUOR TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY.

bulldog_keith

July 25th, 2011
2:34 pm

Amy & The Truth, I second or third as the case my be.

The Stews were fun “back in the day”, but have not listened in awhile now. I want sports talk, not talking bout “these streets” and which strip club/bar bell just visited last night.

Of all the shows, Barhart & Durham is the best thing going. All sports in a professional delivery.

Go DAWGS

bulldog_keith

July 25th, 2011
2:36 pm

Oh yeah, Chronacles of a Baller was the best skit they had.

Harold

July 25th, 2011
2:39 pm

I don’t care for Pollack- he comes across like a bigot sometimes.

Joel Matlin's and Tom Shane's voices

July 25th, 2011
2:43 pm

TIm, I agree Man. Very hard to listen to a show Man, when someone has a tic, that incessant use of the word “Man.” Man, I had to stop listening Man.