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Air America Idiot Update

Morning show overhaul coming Monday at WWRL

Mark Riley and Richard Bey will take over the morning show Monday at WWRL (1600 AM), replacing Sam Greenfield and Armstrong Williams.

Program director Rennie Bishop calls the move a “creative redirection.” WWRL is the flagship for the Air America network but has its own in-house morning show.

Both Riley and Bey are city radio veterans. Riley worked for many years at WLIB (1190 AM) before joining Air America, where he worked from its inception in March 2004 until earlier this year.

Bey co-hosted “The Buzz” with Steve Malzberg on WABC (770 AM) for several years and in August started an 8-10 p.m. show on WWRL.

I have to imagine carrying AAR’s syndicated morning talk show would have been cheaper than paying these two guys; just how lousy are the ratings for AAR’s “Young Turks” that the netlet’s ‘flagship’ NYC station’s PD still won’t carry the program, instead opting to create a new broadcast team without even giving Cenk Uygur’s crew a couple of laps around the track in the all-important morning drive daypart?

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