David Lee Roth Booted From Radio Gig
David Lee Roth's short-lived radio CBS morning show stint will come to a screeching halt within a few weeks, sources say.David Lee Roth's short-lived radio CBS morning show stint will come to a screeching halt within a few weeks, sources say. In one of the first satellite-to-terrestrial radio syndication deals, XM Satellite Radio has an agreement in place to license its Opie & Anthony Show to CBS Radio as a replacement for Roth in seven markets.
Opie and Anthony will air on all seven stations where Roth replaced Howard Stern in January: WFNY New York, WYSP Philadelphia, WBCN Boston, KLLI Dallas, WNCX Cleveland, WRKZ Pittsburgh and WPBZ West Palm Beach.
Coming days before Winter 2006 Arbitron results will document Roth's morning ratings disaster, the agreement allows CBS to air a three-hour version of the O&A show that will originate from its WFNY studios. CBS will have control over this portion of the program, which will simulcast uncensored on XM.
The hosts of one of XM's 10 most-listened-to shows, Greg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia previously did afternoons for CBS predecessor Infinity Broadcasting at WNEW-FM New York and were simulcast on WYSP and WBCN. Fired after their infamous "Sex For Sam" broadcast, where a couple allegedly had sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral at their urging, the pair sat on the beach for two years before XM hired them in August 2004.
Roth replaced Stern in seven markets in January, when Stern began a new five-year deal at Sirius Satellite Radio.