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WFMD Host Bob Miller Retiring

Miller was born and raised in Maryland. He came to WFMD in 1994 to co-host Mitchell and Miller; a program that featureddueling political beliefs from both sides of the aisle. After bouncing around the station in varying roles he became the station’s morning show host in 2000.

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Maryland radio host Bob Miller is ending his 26-year run at Free Talk 930 WFMD. Miller has been hosting the station’s flagship program, The Morning News Express, for the last 20 years.

Miller was born and raised in Maryland. He came to WFMD in 1994 to co-host Mitchell and Miller; a program that featured dueling political beliefs from both sides of the aisle. After bouncing around the station in varying roles he became the station’s morning show host in 2000.

“I was at the right place at the right time,” Miller said. “One of the things I was taught early from other mentors was to do everything that you were asked to do and do it well.” In addition to co-hosting afternoons and being the station’s top fill-in guy for the morning show, Miller served as the station’s IT director.

Miller worked for six general managers during his time at the station. WFMD has been sold and swapped at least four times in the last 20 years. In 2019, Connoisseur Media acquired both WFMD and sister station WFRE from the Aloha Station Trust in exchange for transferring its Erie, Pennsylvania cluster to iHeartMedia.

Miller’s bosses at Connoisseur Media have been gracious enough to allow for a quiet transition as he settles into his new home in Apollo Beach, Florida. Miller chose to retire following the birth of his first grandchild.

The transition has given Miller a great deal of time to reflect on his journey and the people that he has worked with. “We have been through different owners, but I made myself available and I was always willing to learn new stuff,” he said. “Working with Program Director Frank Mitchell and News Director Dianah Gibson has been a great honor. Those are the people that you go to battle with every day. They are good people, and they are hard workers.”

Miller’s last hurrah at WFMD was the station’s largest annual fundraiser, Christmas Cash for Kids. The week-long program was created to raise money for children in Frederick County. This year’s effort culminated in the station raising more than $128,000.

“I knew the residents of Frederick County would come through,” said Miller. “My last day of Christmas Cash for Kids I was really focused on getting it across the line because that’s our job. When the fundraiser was done, that is when it all sets in, that this was my last one.”

Miller’s impending departure has garnered lots of reaction from his longtime, loyal listeners. With his recent move to Florida the station has arranged for him to continue as the co-host along with newcomer Ryan Hedrick. Miller’s impact has been substantial, and he will be missed. He said he will spend his down time acclimating to his new Florida home while searching for his next opportunity.

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Audacy News/Talk Reductions Continue

Audacy is currently facing the possibility of being delisted by the New York Stock Exchange due to the price of their share remaining under $1 for longer than 30 business days.

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After a reported directive to cut 10% of their workforce, Audacy has continued to reduce their news talk radio staff in various markets.

The following news talk personnel have seen their jobs eliminated:
WCCO in Minneapolis Late Night with Henry Lake Producer Craig Schroepfer
WCCO in Minneapolis Sports to the Max with Mike Max host Mike Max
WWL in New Orleans News Producer/Digital Content Producer Kenny Kuhn
KJCE in Austin Producer/Public Affairs Director John Zenor
KDKA in Pittsburgh host Kevin Battle

Audacy is currently facing the possibility of being delisted by the New York Stock Exchange due to the price of their share remaining under $1 for longer than 30 business days.

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James Golden Excited for the Future of News/Talk Format

Golden appeared on WFMD’s “Morning News Express” Wednesday to discuss talk radio in the post-Rush Limbaugh era.

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Former Rush Limbaugh producer James Golden aka Bo Snerdley believes there’s a bright future ahead for the news/talk format. 

Golden appeared on WFMD’s “Morning News Express” Wednesday to discuss talk radio in the post-Rush Limbaugh era. He also discussed the many talented hosts that have stepped in to fill major voids left by Limbaugh’s passing.

“We have such talent in this industry, and we have so many interesting people,” Golden said. He referenced numerous hosts who are heard both regionally and nationally.

Golden praised Clay Travis, Buck Sexton, Dan Bongino, and Dana Loesch who he said are passionate defenders of free speech. 

“I think talk radio can be very, very healthy for generations to come,” he said. This is where American conservatives meet, on the radio. The left in this country has done a really good job of holding onto their legacy networks, although we are making inroads there too.” 

Golden is carving his own path in the talk radio game. Following Limbaugh’s passing, Golden authored a book and produced a series of podcasts about Rush. 

Currently, he hosts a daily show on 77 WABC in New York City. 

“We have so many hosts spread across the country, whether they’re in local markets or doing national shows, talk radio to me is a healthy vibrant business that will continue to flourish for decades to come.” 

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Mike Max Is Out at Minnesota’s WCCO

WCCO is cutting into its sports content as parent company Audacy is making cuts nationwide earlier this week, leading to the departure of Max

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WCCO is cutting into its sports content at the news/talk station as parent company Audacy is making cuts nationwide earlier this week, leading to the departure of Mike Max. 

Max is a stable in the news media scene in Minnesota and is often more famous than many of the athletes he covers, which is why the decision to part ways with the sports journalist might surprise some. 

“In an effort to reduce costs, we had to make some difficult decisions today and had to say goodbye to Mike Max,” wrote Jeff Gonsales, senior vice president, and Minneapolis market manager for Audacy. 

The former WCCO reporter did provide remarks following Audacy’s decision to let him go. 

“It was a thrill to host at the same time slot for 24 years on the station I grew up with,” Max told the Star Tribune. “I leave with no regrets.”

As of now, no decision has been made regarding who will permanently fill the 6:30-9 p.m. weekday spot where “Sports to the Max with Mike Max” aired. 

Nonetheless, the Star Tribune reports that Henry Lake, who hosts the 9 p.m. program, will take over the time slot.

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