Last week I told you about the abrupt resignation of local radio personality Bob Harden over a contract dispute.
While we threw around some replacement names including Don Imus and Laura Ingraham, WGUF General Manager Roger Harris told us we’d have to tune in to get our answers.
Well, we tuned in on Monday and guess what? Imus is the new 7 to 9 a.m. guy. From
9 a.m. until noon it’s Laura Ingraham; followed by Neal Boortz from noon until 3 p.m.. Local host Dave Elliott retains his 3 to 6 p.m. slot.
Imus has a long and (cough, cough) storied broadcast career and made headlines in 2007, when, during a discussion about the NCAA women’s basketball championship, he characterized the Rutgers University women’s basketball team players as “rough girls” commenting on their tattoos; his executive producer, Bernard McGuirk, responded by referring to them as “hardcore hos.” The discussion continued with Imus describing the girls as “nappy-headed hos” and McGuirk remarking that the two teams looked like the “jigaboos versus the wannabes,” a reference to the Spike Lee film, “School Daze.”
Laura Ingraham was also in the news lately, but like the Rutger girls, she was the target, not the instigator. MSNBC commentator Ed Schultz was suspended from the network after he referred to Ingraham as a “right-wing slut” on his show.
Schultz later apologized for his comments and Ingraham has accepted the apology. By the way, he returns to the airwaves Monday.
Boortz, who lives in Naples and broadcasts his nationally-syndicated talk show from here, has a time slot that puts him in direct competition locally with Rush Limbaugh on 92.5 FM.
So what are your thoughts? Will the new lineup keep you tuned in? Drop me a line.
Speaking of that, it’s time for …
Reader questions and comments
B.J. from Naples writes: “I read your articles all the time. I find them most interesting, and helpful. My question is: I have closed caption on all my channels, why is it not on channel 8 WNFM. I like to watch ‘Burn Notice,’ ‘Without a Trace,’ ‘Monk’ and the movies on Saturday.”
Great news, B.J.! When I asked Comcast about the issue, you made them aware that there was a problem. And they moved swiftly to correct it. You should now be able to enjoy closed captioning on My 8.
Carol writes: “Please tell me that ‘Parenthood’ is just off for the summer and will be returning in the fall. It is one of the best, showing good family ethics. Many of my friends look forward to watching it.”
No need to fear, Carol. “Parenthood” will return with new episodes Tuesdays at 10 p.m. this fall.
Although not considered a sure thing in the beginning, the renewal news for “Parenthood” wasn’t a total surprise. Although the second-year drama has struggled to find an overall audience in its time slot, its steady numbers among young viewers have left it frequently beating CBS’ “The Good Wife” in the key 18-49 demographic.
Susan asks: “What happened to the weather radar on Comcast’s channel 25? I really hate that it’s gone!
It was really helpful, especially during the summer months when you’re trying to dodge the storms.”
Joan also writes: “For the last few weeks, the usual Naples weather radar on Cable 25 has been substituted by the same programming as the Weather Channel (47). I miss not being able to check the Naples report right away without having to wait throughout the entire national weather report. Do you know if we’ll get the former channel 25 programming back? I hope that perhaps they are doing an upgrade of their equipment or something like that.”
Joan, you hit the nail on the head. Barbara Hagen, a Comcast market VP for this area, said the hardware used to present the local forecast, including the popular NOAA radar, was slated for an upgrade when it failed. Once the upgrade is complete, the channel will return to normal.
That’s the good news. But there is a catch. As of Thursday morning, if you have an older TV, you may have lost that channel entirely as it has been converted from an analog to a digital signal.
No need to fear. You just need a converter box or digital adapter, which Comcast is providing to customers free of charge.
Call 432-9277, visit Comcast.com or drop by your nearest Comcast office.
Converting analog signals to digital has another benefit for Comcast customers. It gives the company additional bandwidth to add channels.
Those who have an expanded digital package may have noticed the addition of the Smithsonian Channel on 127. Also, sports fans may be interested to know that CSN Chicago, a regional sports network, has been added to channel 762. But that is part of an additional subscription package.
By early 2012, Comcast expects to increase its HD offerings from 60 to 100 channels. By the end of 2012, expect to see that number rise to 150 HD channels, Hagen says.
Additionally, those of you seeing the recently upgraded program guide may have noticed a 3-D section added to Xfinity (a Comcast brand) On Demand. Great news if you’ve recently upgraded to a 3-D TV.
Hagen says the company will soon be adding to 24/7 3-D channels: ESPN 3-D and Xfinity 3-D.
Until next time, stay tuned!
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.