March 1, 2010

Al Sharpton the New Talk Show King; Picked up in New York and Philadelphia

What is the aftermath of last week's Al Sharpton and Tavis Smiley spat. Let's not simply call it a spat, it was more like a verbal butt-whupping by Sharpton on Smiley's behind worthy of a call to child protective services or 911. The consensus around the country from social-critic commentators and listeners alike was that Smiley deserved the whipping he took from Sharpton. How dare he suggest that Rev. Al was not living up to his title as African American leader? Maybe Tavis touched a nerve that trigger such a lashing out in the reactionary diatribe by Sharpton. Who knows? Didn't anyone tell them that you don't air your dirty laundry out in the streets? In any event it made for good radio.

Meanwhile Al Sharpton seems poised to take over the throne of talk show king in America. Watch out Rush Limbaugh? Well not quite yet!

Al Sharpton has added two stations to his list of affiliates recently. In New York "Keeping It Real" can be heard on 1600 WWRL in New York City from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The station only airs two hours of the program on a delayed basis. WWRL has had to revamp their line-up due to the demised of the liberal leaning talk radio network Air America back in January.

Last week Sharpton was added to the programming line-up at 900 AM WURD a day before the "spat". Sharpton will be heard live at the Philadelphia talk station from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. Sharpton replaces local talk show host Reggie Bryant, who has been missing from the airwaves in recent weeks due to undisclosed health issues. Both stations can be heard online.
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