Rush Limbaugh moves to new radio home; WGST dumps format

3:29 PM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- After more than 20 years on one station, fans of Rush Limbaugh will have to dial elsewhere for their daily dose of their favorite talk show host.

WSB radio announced Wednesday afternoon that Limbaugh's daily talk show is moving to their airwaves from its longtime home on WGST effective Monday, October 1. Limbaugh's show will retain its regular 12 noon to 3 pm time slot.

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With Limbaugh joining Cox-owned WSB, other shows will move around on the station. Clark Howard will move from his mid-day timeslot to evenings from 8-to-10 pm. Sean Hannity's daily show will shift slightly, airing from 3-to-5 pm, making way for two hours of local news from 5-to-7. Local talker Adam Goldfein shifts to the 10-to-midnight slot, and syndicated personal financial guru Dave Ramsey's show moves to overnights and weekends.

Limbaugh's prior home, Clear Channel-owned, long-time crosstown rival WGST changed its format Friday afternoon. A number of staffers were laid off Wednesday afternoon. Friday afternoon at 3 pm, the station switched to an all-Spanish language sports format, with programming from ESPN Deportes. 

According to several radio industry journals, Georgia News Network, a syndicated top-and-bottom of the hour statewide news service aired from the WGST newsroom, will be shuttered at the end of the year.

AtlantaRadioInsider quotes sources from Salem Broadcasting, saying that WGST's other major syndicated talk show, featuring ex-Fox News Glenn Beck, will join WGKA radio beginning Monday. At this point, there is no word as to where the overnight syndicated program Coast to Coast AM with George Noory will wind up for Atlanta audiences.

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