Michael Smerconish Leaves WPHT for SiriusXM (Updated)

FMQB reports:

SiriusXM Radio announces that it will now be the exclusive radio home to veteran Talk radio host Michael Smerconish, who is a nationally syndicated radio host,MSNBC contributor, bestselling author and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist.

On April 15, The Michael Smerconish Program will end on terrestrial radio, including Smerconish’s longtime home ofWPHT-AM/Philadelphia, and air on SiriusXM ” in an expanded format that builds on Smerconish’s spirited discussions of government, politics, and current events without predictable left/right bias.” Smerconish is currently heard on over 80 affiliates nationwide.

The new show will air weekdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET exclusively on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. channel 124, SiriusXM’s non-partisan channel dedicated to the “Politics of the United States.” The Michael Smerconish Program will replay during evening drive from 6:00 – 9:00 pm ET, and will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com.

This is obviously a huge move in Philly’s radio scene. But Smerconish’s ambitions have been evident for awhile now: See his November interview with Victor Fiorillo, and Michael Callahan’s 2009 profile of the talker.

UPDATED [2:10 pm 3/6/13]: Smerconish tells Politico:

“SiriusXM offers me the opportunity to grow a current platform in 80 markets across the country into a truly corner- to- corner, nationwide reach available to 24 million subscribers,” Smerconish said in an email.

“The demographics of those listeners would seem to be a good fit for the non-ideological brand of talk that I deliver. My views tend to be conservative on some issues (I own a gun, think harsh interrogation needs to be available in those rare cases where it can save lives, and believe in the death penalty) liberal on others (pro choice, pro gay, legalize pot and prostitution) and there are plenty more I just haven’t figured out. That makes me like many Americans. But you’d never know it from listening to what has become conventional talk, which like the GOP, caters to an audience that has become too white, too old, too male and too angry!”


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  • bippybellito

    I discontinued my Sirius service last month. Poor service, too much money, little value. I stopped listening to Smerconish when he began his bromance with Obama. Looks like I made the right decision in both instances.

  • Wyatt Earp

    “Oh no, who will I listen to now?” . . . said no one, ever. Guy completely retools WPHT’s lineup then abandons them when the ratings collapse. Classy.

    • geoffrobinson

      Basically what I was thinking.

      WPHT abandoned the talk format for some unknown reason in the late 80’s (maybe 1990 or so). Limbaugh went to 96.5. They lost him to WPHT and saw a resurgence. The lost Limbaugh and hit the skids.

  • Fred Smerlas

    Smerconish moved for one reason-cash. Its a smart move as WPHT or a station like it will still be available if Sirius fails. WPHT should have seen this coming a mile away-but there are plenty of Obama apologists ready for hire on Philly airwaves.

    • Jane Yavis

      Often wondered how hard it was for someone with real information and a personality to come into the station every day. They Station has turned to an Angry in AM angry all day one topic Mutual Admiration Society. I will be very sorry to see him go. – but wish all three of them all the best.

  • Guest

    It’s too bad Michael is selling out his long time listeners. I followed him from morning to evening then to afternoon but I will not be following him to pay for radio. He should be
    ashamed of himself. But we got a glimpse of his greed when he charged $ for his podcasts (which I did not pay for). Bye Michael

  • Dave Madden

    It’s too bad Michael is selling out his long time listeners. I followed him from morning to evening then to afternoon. I’m sorry but I will not be following him to pay for radio. He should be ashamed of himself. But we got a glimpse of his greed when he charged $ for his podcasts. Bye Michael

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339204733 Ken Dolan

    Ratings drop and Michael jumps out. Talk to Howard about his life on Sirius. So sorry you can’t take the heat. Good bye Michael. Now give us Philles 24/7 on Phillies 1210am.

  • Jane Yavis

    Wow!!! were the two morning maniacs on a rant this morning about being called too white, old, male and angry. And Stigall’s Bobble-headed sidekick’s empty head ratlled,, ME TOO!!!! – That and info-mercials are all that’s left on 1210,,,,,but they would rather sink the station and blame Obama than allow a single original thought.

  • John Ryder

    This is a guy who stated that it was ok for Melendez to play with underage prostitues in the dr and all he cares about was his legislative record even his show help was mortified. Personally good riddance to Chris Matthews without the tingle up his leg his replacement Morris is a toe sucker from way back that will not last. I liked cioli but mar tornado is not and never will be funny nor make a darn bit of sense. See you mikeee now I cancel the inquirer too!

  • johncentralnewjersey

    This is the guy who mislead his audience and became a shill for obama .. if he would have been honest and respectful of his audience he would not be forced into Sirus which has a small audience – obviously I would never pay to listen to him ..

  • emcfillin

    Boy…am I glad he’s gone. Conservative???? He’s about as conservative as his former mentor Arlen Specter

  • robert s

    I remember Michael way back on WWDB sometimes filling in for Bernie Herman..That was back when he had conservative values. I stopped listening when he pulled “matthews” (another local disgrace)…So….Michaels moves have always revolved around the dollar…why is anyone surprised he’s a LAWYER…duh…..and when his ratings tanked he bailed…he has been of little consequence …WIOQ…crushed him. Miscalculated Mikey…Good Riddance

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-Gunser/100001929370612 Jerry Gunser

    get screwed smerkonish

  • openmicjack

    I just found out today that he’s gone. Yippee!!! What bothered me most about him was he claimed to be right of center. That makes absolutely no sense at all. Violating the Constitution or advocating doing it is totally left. TOTALLY!!!