David Lee Roth Out... Opie & Anthony In?... Howard Stern: "It's A Great Deal"
April 21, 2006

David Lee Roth ain't talkin' 'bout love or anything else on the radio, as the embattled Rock star turned radio deejay got the official boot today by CBS Radio. What has been rumored and expected for weeks finally came to fruition this morning when Roth confirmed to his listeners that, "Today is my last day."

Roth started his daily radio gig on Tuesday, January 3 as one of the replacements for Howard Stern and as part of CBS Radio's roll out of Free-FM. The show was quickly panned by critics and had dismal ratings. The firing came as no surprise to Roth as he has battled management over the content of his program almost since day one. Roth said he expects to work out a severance package with CBS Radio, telling Howard 100 News, "We're either going to do it nicely, like gentlemen, or I've had a few words with Howard's attorney, Peter Parcher, so it's either a handshake or World War 9."

Meanwhile, in the next worst kept secret, Roth's likely replacement is going to be XM Satellite Radio's Opie & Anthony. We say "likely," as O&A, XM and CBS Radio have yet to officially confirm the rumored deal that would place O&A on most of Roth's outlets for a three hour program from 6am - 9am, then have the duo do an XM exclusive show from 9am - 11am.

Yesterday, O&A barely addressed the topic, but today they were a little coyer, opening their show with two parodies of DLR's "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" and used Van Halen songs as music beds out of commercial breaks. O&A also discussed signing important faxes they had received and said they would have more details on Monday.

"I think it's great for them and probably a good quick fix for CBS... so it's a great deal for them," said Stern on his Sirius Satellite Radio program today, reacting to the news. But the seemingly positive words were barely out of his mouth when Stern and his crew put their own spin on the reported deal, attacking CBS Radio for hiring XM personalities and allowing them to talk about the satellite company when CBS is suing Stern for the same exact thing. 

Reacting to the impending deal, Catholic League President Bill Donohue released a statement, "After I lashed out against Opie and Anthony for providing an on-air account of a sexual stunt in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 2002, they were fired by Infinity Broadcasting, the CBS Radio outlet. Once they were dumped, I withdrew the complaint that I had filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and asked the FCC to drop its investigation. On August 5, 2004, I issued a news release about the decision of XM Satellite Radio to pick up the duo beginning October 4. At that time I said, ‘We wish Opie and Anthony well and trust they have learned their lesson.’ Now CBS Radio is set to bring them back on its Free-FM outlets."

The statement continued, "To those who say ‘you can’t go home again,’ I say nonsense: In the year-and-a-half that Opie and Anthony have been on XM Satellite, not a single complaint has reached our office about anything they’ve said. Indeed, when the two shock jocks were picked up by XM, their producer called one morning and asked if I would go on the air with them. Though I had some reservations, I said yes, and was immediately put through. They made it clear that they regretted the St. Patrick’s stunt. We mixed it up for a bit and had a great time. In short, the Catholic League hopes Opie and Anthony have a great run on CBS Radio."




 
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