Take a look at that last paragraph. Fred's show is now on 1 to 5 in the afternoon. I don't have any evidence about anything here, but I have to wonder why they're shifting the Honzman a few hours into the late afternoon.
KDKA-AM (1020) is adding a new talk host to its lineup. Kevin Miller, an Ohio native who filled in for KDKA afternoon host Fred Honsberger recently, will host a weekday talk show from 12:15 to 3 p.m. starting May 14.
Miller comes from talk station WWTN-FM in Nashville, Tenn., where he was morning show host. He has also worked at stations in Raleigh, N.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Nashua, N.H.
Honsberger will move to 3 to 6 p.m., with the last hour of that shift devoted to an increased role in the station's "5 O'Clock Total News Hour."
Could it be that another radio show's been threatening the Honz? I mean, has there been a recent addition to the local radio market in the early afternoon slot that might possibly be nibbling away at the Honzman's ratings?
Yes - John McIntire.
It's been only a month, but is it any coincidence that Johnny Mac's scorching radio show overlaps Fred from 1 to 4 daily? Could that be the reason they're moving Fred out of Johnny Mac's way?
I don't know. I'm just asking.
The logical fallacy here, of course, is post hoc ergo propter hoc. But since I don't think either Fred or John actually speak Latin, I'll just ignore it and go for the cheap laughs.
Let's compare the two. McIntire's funnier than Honsberger. He does better impressions of Fred Rogers and Dick Cheney. He's hipper. He's in greater need of therapy. Fred, on the other hand, is a much better dresser.
And then there's Gab. Even if Fred and John matched up evenly (and we know they don't - see the previous paragraph), the scales would be tilted inexorably, unflinchingly in John's direction because of Gab Bonesso. Gab Bonesso, the spikey-haired, with tie for a belt, Timberlake-stalking, once and future trumpeter, frequently braless dynamo who answers the phone and says to Johnny Mac at least 15 times a day, "I hate you - whatev." That Gab Bonesso.
If you've never heard the Kinkersons, you're missing something truly disturbing.
But I don't mean that in a bad way.