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Rusty Humphries: 'Nothing bad to say' about WGST

11:57 AM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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After two years on afternoons at 640 WGST-AM, conservative talk show host Rusty Humphries was told he's out as part of a station format change.

ATLANTA -- After two years on afternoons at 640 WGST-AM, conservative talk show host Rusty Humphries received an unexpected call early Wednesday.

"I was told there was a full format flip, and they were not going to continue in the news talk biz," Humphries told 11Alive reporter Jennifer Leslie. "But I don't know anything more than that. Honestly, they didn't tell me anything." 

After the morning drive on Wednesday, local news and talk disappeared on WGST. Humphries last show was Tuesday.

He expects the station will move to a Spanish sports talk format after losing ratings king Rush Limbaugh to 750 WSB-AM.

WGST has been news talk since the 1980s.

"It's sad that they've changed format, but somebody will pick it up," Humphries said. "For me personally, I was planning to leave anyway. My contract was up in another month. I decided I wasn't going to stay."

Family matters were already pulling Humphries away from Atlanta, but he's not going off the air.

He does a separate syndicated show that reaches four million listeners on 280 radio stations across the country every night.

Many of those stations are run by Clear Channel, the company that owns WGST.

"I've got nothing bad to say about them," Humphries said. "I know you wish I'd say, 'I hate you guys.' But I don't have anything bad to say."

There has been no official comment from WGST.

If you check the station's website, there's no mention of any changes.

Friday is the last day for Rush on 640. He moves up the dial to 750 on Monday.

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