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Meet Andy Dean, new host on AM750 and 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB

Andy Dean Litinsky got his start on radio at AM 750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB. He can now be heard from 1 to 4 a.m. weekdays. CREDIT: publicity photo

Andy Dean Litinsky got his start on radio at AM 750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB. He can now be heard from 1 to 4 a.m. weekdays. CREDIT: publicity photo

Earlier this year, Pete Spriggs, program director for AM 750 and 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB, gave a young, promising conservative talk show host Andy Dean a two-hour slot on Sundays to work on his craft.

Spriggs said he figured in a year or two, Dean would build enough experience to get a weekday gig somewhere.

It happened a lot faster than that. Premiere Radio Networks, which syndicates shows such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, scooped Dean up last month and gave him an afternoon syndicated slot which debuted August 8 on 35 stations nationwide. The show is called “America Now” and you can listen to his show on his website www.americanowradio.com.

Spriggs didn’t have much in the way of openings on the weekdays but is placing him at 1 to 4 a.m. locally starting tonight.

Dean, Spriggs said, has this “Muhammad Ali” act where he dubs himself the “king of new content.” “Half think he’s pompous,” Spriggs said. “Others think it’s a joke. He’s terrific at debating callers. He’s a raw piece of clay. I always told him he’s a pitcher who could throw 105 miles per hour. Let me teach him a change-up and a breaking ball.”

Dean, a Harvard graduate, made an impression on the second season of NBC’s “The Apprentice” in 2004 as a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 23 year old, the youngest “Apprentice” contestant to date. He finished fifth but convinced Donald Trump to hire him anyway.

To prove to Trump he was worthy, he worked 95-hour weeks his first year doing project manager work. “Not glamorous,” Dean said. After two years, Trump promoted Dean to work with his TV media business, which included “The Apprentice” and the “Miss Universe” pageant.

But a political junkie, Dean wanted to do talk radio. “As much as I liked the media business, I was missing out on politics,” he said.

He had no ties in radio except for his “Apprentice” buddy Wes Moss, an Atlanta-based financial advisor and weekend host on WSB. “I begged him to get me in the door,” he said. Moss introduced Dean to Spriggs. Spriggs gave Dean opportunities to fill in on weekends. Dean was so intent to work in radio, he’d fly  to Atlanta on weekends from Los Angeles just for the chance to be on the air.

Eventually, Spriggs let him fill in for Herman Cain and Neal Boortz on weekdays. Then earlier this year, Spriggs gave Dean a weekly Sunday show at 1 p.m. Dean then did fill-in work for Premiere syndicated host Jason Lewis on July 7. Lewis, Dean said, “was old and boring.” And it quickly became apparent to Dean this was a tryout.

Dean impressed Premiere and a month later, he had Lewis’ job.

Dean broke the news to Trump he was leaving his organization.  Trump was supportive. When he told Spriggs about leaving his Sunday WSB show, Spriggs was actually upset. “He yelled a bit,” Dean said. “He took it a little hard.”

Spriggs said he felt like a “spurned lover.” But he got over it and found a home for Dean on WSB.

“Pete gave me a shot,” Dean said. “He coached me. I’m everything because of him. As much as I joke around as king of new content and all that bravado, I am sincere in my gratefulness to Pete.”

Dean said he enjoys putting on air people who oppose his views as long as they can provide some level of intelligence to their arguments. “I don’t want my program to be a bunch of preachers to the choir,” Dean said. “I love the combat. I love people who disagree with me and have a point of view. I want to advance the argument.”

By 6 p.m. EST, when his show starts, Dean said “people have been exposed to the news. I’m not adding value unless I take argument from a new angle.” He wants not only conservatives but independents and liberals to listen. “I want to convince liberals to come back to planet earth,” he said. “I want them to learn something.”

Asked if a liberal has ever taught him something, he blanked. “That’s a tough one, a brainbuster!” he said. “I’m sure there are some things. I wish I could think of something!”

Dean said he tries to bring elements of two talk-show titans: Bill O’Reilly on Fox News and Howard Stern, currently on Sirius/XM. “I do have conservative leanings,” he said, “But I try to think for myself. I read all I can.” He also enjoys Stern. “One moment he’s larger than life. The next, he’s talking about his troubles with his therapist.”

“You have to let people know who you are,” he added. “Otherwise, the program will sound like any other.”

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

28 comments Add your comment

BRW

August 30th, 2011
7:45 pm

No, actually he’s a pompous joke, just like The Donald.

don

August 30th, 2011
9:21 pm

wow another racist gop on the air.

Neal Boor

August 30th, 2011
9:36 pm

I hope he calls Obama a Marxist, otherwise I won’t be listening.

tvBoy

August 30th, 2011
11:20 pm

i love andy dean. and the fact that he’s already pi$$in’ off you libs and his show hasn’t even STARTED yet is all the reason to like him even more. good luck andy, people in 35 states will be hearing you on full-power WSB AM.

Ugly Stick

August 31st, 2011
12:09 am

Wow Don, way to sway us with facts like, “another racist gop on the air”. And we all know that anyone who isn’t a liberal is a racist, right? Even a disaster of epic proportions like Obama making a bad economy MUCH WORSE would never convince someone as smart as you.

Name

August 31st, 2011
1:52 am

Will Andy be going through puberty live on the air? That could damage some HiFi stereo systems

duh

August 31st, 2011
2:58 am

stick your wrong not every conservative or republican is a racist but every racist is a republican kinda like how not everyone who has a mustache is a pedophile but every pedophile has a mustache.
but enough with jokes the whole reason the 2008 mortgage crisis happened because of deregulation of the market implemented by bush go watch the HBO movie Too Big To Fail pretty much explains what happened and why we are at today
heres the link to explain it quickly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHVbBv12j1M

duh

August 31st, 2011
3:07 am

i mean really if obama had not done what he did we would be in the great depression again but 5x worse all the banks would have collapsed which would mean your money in your bank account gone all gone. stores couldnt get loans to stock their shelves because where could u get a loan no where all the banks have gone under, stores would have to close job market would have crashed could have been over 50% unemployment instead of 9% that we have now but hey who do you believe me someone who has studied economics for 10 years or some guy on the radio whos last form of education was a military academy

mike scott

August 31st, 2011
7:36 am

i didnt realize economic professors worked the midnight shift.

ane

August 31st, 2011
9:21 am

I was wondering what happened to him. I enjoyed listening to him on sunday afternoons. When his show was replaced by the medical advice show I just tuned it out. He is a breath of fresh air and it’s good to hear a young conservative. I just wish his show wasn’t on at such a wierd hour and he was back on Sunday afternoon. Good Luck Andy.

Jack McFarland

August 31st, 2011
9:45 am

How long before he starts doing shock topics and making assinine remarks to get people to listen?

Kennesaw Dave

August 31st, 2011
11:28 am

Not a fan. He’s too arrogant and reminds me too much of Chris Krock.

yep

August 31st, 2011
12:08 pm

He looks like he’s 12.

don

August 31st, 2011
1:14 pm

Bush killed the economy by sending myself and other vetrans to war for no reason not Obama, bring home our troops!

WAR EAGLE

August 31st, 2011
1:45 pm

Face it- we’ve had a moron and a Muslim occupying the White House the last 10+ yrs.
No troops on ground- bomb them into submission. We should be bombing Hamas off the planet.

TG

August 31st, 2011
1:56 pm

I caught part of this Dean fella the other day. He was kind-of funny, reminded me of the Handel on the Law guy with his over-the-topness, but in the end Dean was just another knuckledragger it turned out. That day he was comparing Obama to Hurricane Irene. How original (meh).

There is a real need for the reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine. The unbalanced right-wing drivel on the radio has poisoned our political discourse and effectively paralyzed our political system more than any other single entitty in the nation. Talk radio has turned into a cancer on our soul. Unfortuantely, the wimps in the WH and on the Democratic side don’t have the courage of a flea, and wouldn’t dare even think about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. Thus, say goodbye to the country folks. We can no longer function like rational human beings. In the past we may have had our differences, but there was still a “middle ground,” a place in which the right and the left came to at least agree on a set of facts. That no-man’s land no longer exists. We cannot survive like this.

It’s all very sad actually.

Jebediah

August 31st, 2011
8:33 pm

I’ve was listening to Andy when he was on WSB Sundays… and LOVE him. Aside from being hilarious… he’s also super smart. I’d end up learning more during his 2 hours each week… than from most other talkers during the whole week. I was SO sad when he left ATL. Suffice it to say, I’m THRILLED that he’s back. Arrogant, yes… but he’s able to back it up with seriously interesting content that we end up talking about for the next couple days. A refreshing and different voice… he’s awesome!

anthony

August 31st, 2011
9:07 pm

That is all we need is a new conservative radio host. That is the reason why i don’t listen to wsb and boycott their sponsors of hate.

Keisha

September 1st, 2011
12:34 pm

How ’bout some variety on WSB? Do we really need another consevative talk show host in Atlanta? When do Atlantans get to hear a different point of view? We’re the gay capital of the south, we have a city full of various races and religions, but all we get is the same view over and over again – a view that doesn’t necessarily represent the masses. I often listen to 95.5, but I get tired of every political talk show host saying the same things over and over again – which basically boils down to “I hate everything Obama does”.

whatdoiknow

September 1st, 2011
12:58 pm

Keisha, I bet you wish they would bring back the caustic Mike Malloy?

Keisha

September 1st, 2011
1:24 pm

Whatdoiknow, I’m not familiar with Mike Malloy. If he had something to say that wasn’t the same as all the guys they currently have on WSB, I probably would have enjoyed him. I’m conservative in values, but open-minded enough to enjoy other points of view. I hate to feel boxed in. Everything’s not about being either Liberal or Conservative – as WSB hosts would have most people think.

LMAO

September 1st, 2011
3:49 pm

Listen to him over the 4th of July holiday. Was okay for a young neocon. Nothing new, same old arguments. Didn’t handle the obvious loon that called from Tenn or WV very well. Wasn’t able to pick up on the obvious bigoted bent she was on. Seemed rather green when he tried to dismiss her. Oh well his inexperience shows.
@TG you are correct, the right wing has distorted this country far beyond anything we’ve ever seen. I try to get a slight balance going in the other direction by listening to WAOK 1380 am on occasion. Talk about going to the other extreme. Wow. At least its not Rush, Hannity, Laven or any of those guys owned by the Koch brothers enterprise.

Early morning driver

September 8th, 2011
7:26 am

Andy Dean sucks and not happy with WSB’s management putting him in this time slot. This guy puts me to sleep and i drive for a living. Would much rather hear the rebroadcasts of Neal Boortz’s show as at least he would keep me awake with his topics.

Hot Lanta listener

September 9th, 2011
2:37 am

Andy Dean puts another twist (and an intelligent one at that) on talk radio. Yeah, his puberty voice can kind of tune a person out. But the more you listen to him, the more
addictive he becomes. If the left had any substance to any of their talk shows, they’d dominate the airwaves too. They have nothing to offer but the same old crap themselves.
They don’t get the ratings because most of America knows it’s all bull. In stead of trying to push the Fairness Doctrine because of talk show hosts that lean right, come up with your own talk show host that can “out do” someone like Rush or Hannity. It might be worth listening to. But so far, a lefty can’t hold a candle to the right wingers. It’s laughable
that government has to get their hands tied up in another scheme that could possibly push the Fairness Doctrine into law, only because the lefties can’t make it on the radio. Whose fault is that? People like Rush and Hannity captivate their audiences throughout the country…..they wouldn’t be around if they weren’t making money for a radio station. It’s obvious a large percent of America wants to listen to what the “right” has to say. If it offends people so much, either tune into something else or come up with a lefty who can hold his own. Quit blaming the right. If the left was “all that”, they would have a syndicated
talk show host that could blow the listeners out of the water. Problem is, they can find one that can capture America with their viewpoints. That should say something in itself.

Ruth Bridgeman

September 10th, 2011
12:10 am

I want to find where you were takkinf about the FBI Raid on Slendra Co.

VAN

September 11th, 2011
11:31 pm

What’s with this “Uncombed Look?” that every other media personality sports nowadays? They all appear on camera as if combs have disappeared from the face of the earth. It’s like wearing one sock if you ask me. Makes you wonder if they bother washing their hands after going to the bathroom.

Samuel

September 12th, 2011
12:14 am

Ok, I like Andy Dean’s message and views, but his delivery is a huge turn-off! He always talks like he’s trying to hold in his pee but won’t stop talking long enough to go to the bathroom and relieve himself! (Rachael Ray is the same way, though I think she’s usually holding in her poop). I also hate how he dismisses callers who make humorous or sarcastic comments by saying they are mentally unstable. He sounds like a psychopath himself!

Dave

September 12th, 2011
8:00 pm

750/whatever fm is still on the air? Wow. Are they duking it out with 640 for which can have the most boring and skewed personalities on local air? And now that I’ve said that, is 640 still broadcasting? Try WABE/NPR news folks, now and again skewing left but much more intelligent and relevant.