Al Roney supporters to rally at WGY

Al Roney supporters to rally at WGY

There are 7 comments on the Albany Times Union story from Feb 28, 2010, titled Al Roney supporters to rally at WGY. In it, Albany Times Union reports that:

Supporters of fired talk show host Al Roney say they will rally MondayA outside of radio station WGY .

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United States

#1 Mar 1, 2010
Dear Chuck Custer,

Thank you for bringing Glenn Beck back to the Capital Region! I was thrilled to hear that 810 WGY is bringing him into the lineup. I hope you keep him on for many years to come.

I am concerned, however, that the station has decided to let Al Roney go. Al was a great asset to the area, and his show kept us informed of many LOCAL issues and events. I hope that your station would consider using Al Roney and his show in place of the current morning show with Don Weeks.

“Steve and Jackie” are unfortunately gone. Paul Vandenburg is a constant infomercial for his friends. If Al was in the morning spot, you would retain your current morning listeners, and pick up all of those who feel disenfranchised from the loss of the Steve and Jackie show.

Al Roney, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity – now that’s a powerful (and ratings-filled) lineup.

United States

#2 Mar 1, 2010
Here’s the facts – from a common-sense, business standpoint:

National Ratings:
– Rush =#1
– Hannity =#2
– Beck =#3

The issue at hand is not “gaining Beck”. It’s “losing a local voice”. The problem is that we don’t have a local show to talk about local issues anymore.

WGY should keep rush, hannity, and beck because it makes sense to do so (see rankings above). But they should also fit local programming into the mix (possibly in the morning spot).
Pissed Off At The World

Northville, NY

#3 Mar 2, 2010
Al Roney's firing is another example of a corporate America's fascism.

Syndicated radio shows like Glenn Beck could only exist because big government and big business are in bed together.

If Glenn Beck had to compete in a true free market economy, he's be one of many shows from which to chose.

For all Glenn's phony concern about "average" Americans getting screwed by government, he doesn't seem to give a damn about the lives of local broadcasters affected when his show is picked up by the 400th million station.

Corporate radio is like corporate America, filled with arrogant, self-centered, selfish, self-absorbed, greedy dirt bags who couldn't care less who loses a job.

Syndicated shows could only exist because government interfered with the broadcasting market and continues to interfere with it.

Al Roney should take his show to the Internet, approach local businesses to advertise and/or underwrite it, and tell Clear Channel to put a gun in its mouth and blow its collective brains out.

The time has come to reject all mass media, reject brainwashing, and reject nearly 99% of American culture.

The revolution has already started without people like Beck to take the jobs of those who are more important than his phony ass.
A Schenectady Observer

Albany, NY

#4 Mar 3, 2010
I pay for XM, I'll gladly pay for Al Roney I-net radio subscription

Yes, Al Roney's local voice is worth paying for.
His show has been the only non-XM radio programming I've been listening to for a few years now. I'd gladly shell out a few dollars a month if he wanted to go with an internet show.

Woodside, NY

#5 Mar 3, 2010
I worked for clear channel for a while in Latham off of Troy Schenectady Rd...All I can say is everyone that works there and at the corporate office are all corrupt and very difficult to work for. They do not appreciate the work you do. I will support Al but hope he gets back on the Air else where. Clear Channel is a horrible place to work.
Dan Carver

Albany, NY

#6 Mar 5, 2010
There are people out there who still listen to broadcast radio, with it's 25+ minutes of commercials every hour? I'll stick with satellite.

WGY has had some decent local programming over the years... Mike Gallagher, Andrew Wilkow, and JR Gach are all notable alumni of the station. Al Roney... not so notable. Al's show wasn't bad, it just wasn't very good. Sorry Al.
Carl Leveling

United States

#7 Mar 14, 2010
We need a local voice to keep us informed of the problems in our area. Al Roney did that. He was an entertaining, fair minded talk show host who was independant with no special interests backing him. He used common sense and local insight in all the topics concerning us upstaters. We miss him!

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