WSPD NEEDS A MAKE-OVER

I love local radio. I've always resisted subscribing to services like SiriusXM because I like live local radio--regardless of if I'm home or away.

Lately, I just can't stand listening to the local morning and afternoon shows on WSPD. It reminds me of CKLW's Saturday afternoon garage sale program where people call in and say things like, "I've got a beautiful ceramic Dalmatian that I'll sell for $37."

WSPD is old and worn. After Brian Wilson was fired (don't get me wrong--he wasn't anything to write home about), it was obvious that the station decided to turn away from politics. That's fine--but now it's become the "what's going on locally over the weekend" station--brutal. Stations that exist in bigger cities can have local guests on and not be boring, but when you resort to having the shop teacher from Penta County on once-a-month you might as well cut the signal.

There's no creativity going on in the morning or in the afternoon. It's a shame when you recall that WSPD was where personalities like Paul W. Smith, Scott Sloan, and Jack Mitchell got their starts.

About twice a week I give one of the local WSPD shows a listen, but I can only listen to Fred bashing Trump and Scott talking about his past addictions for so long before I turn to WJR or sports radio.

I think it's time for some new (younger) hosts who haven't fallen into a radio rut of doing the same things the same way day-after-day.

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fed up with local radio long ago. Most of the local self-proclaimed pundits only want to be controversial. And, I have to admit, controversy drives ratings! And higher ratings means greater revenue for the station(s). Facts have little to do with their positions. It's all about controversy and ratings. I can't blame them. That's their business!

Personally, I listen mostly to sports talk radio. I do listen some in the mornings to the channel that carries ESPN. I really like Mike & Mike in the mornings. I usually watch them on ESPN 2 when I get up, and listen to them in my car. I am also a Detroit pro sports fan, so I listen to 97.1 FM a lot. I have a lot of friends in the Cleveland area, so I listen to 850 AM on occasion. I get tired of the OSU bashing on 97.1 at times, too.

Talk about old and tired. I've been listening to the Morning Blitz on WCWA 7-9

BTW What's up with Fred's long hair?

and Greenberg is 48. To me, they are young and fresh!
Secondly, as I stated, I like sports talk. In addition, I have found that national hosts rise to that level because most of them -- not all -- are just better at their jobs than are local anchors. Duh!
Broadcasting is the epitome of the capitalistic system at work. Better performers get higher profile jobs making more money. Isn't this one of the American ideals? Believe me, if Mike & Mike's ratings crumbled, they'd be history! I guess there are a lot of old people like me who like them.
I also watch "First Take," "Around the Horn," and "PTI" regularly. And, on Sundays, I look forward to watching "The Sports Reporters." Once again, if they don't get the ratings, they're gone, too!
And -- in the interest of full disclosure -- as I've stated before, during weekdays, when I do watch TV, it's mostly CNBC.

Yes I long ago gave up on the weekday drivel. Too many commercials and Fred's remake as a nice guy fails to convince me. They mostly talk about fundraisers and charities as do the local TV News. Fred's attacks of Trump reveals his establishment corporate bosses demands. At Fred's age and financial situation he cannot afford to lose his job. I usually listen to Dock Treece discuss economics with Fred to find some hilarious entertainment. Fred knows nothing about business and his ignorance should shed light on those who give him status in the community. I do like Coast to Coast on the overnight and the Business Blackboard on Saturdays.

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As full disclosure, I haven't listened to the Dock Treece segment for awhile, but I always thought it was obvious that Fred was reading emails and looking at social media during the Treece report. He gave a lot of "Uh-uhs" and "You're kidding me" replies.

Soon we will be subjected to Indians games--ugh.

Good point, I think you're right. Dock knows what he talks about but Fred................ clueless. Maybe he should of paid attention long ago and he could of retired like a normal person.

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Brian Wilson I believe has never held a steady AM radio show since his unceremoniously exit from WSPD.

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I think there is so much competition for ratings and such, their job must very challenging. Even if Trump loses, he will be given credit for a major victory. He has been responsible for seriously wounding PC, hopefully to bleed to death!

The worst part of local radio for me, is on weekends. I remember when all the stations had their weekend crews who did things such as go to public places, strike up friendly conservations with people and so on. Then there was Art Barrie who hosted a live program at Tiedkes' cafeteria, and would let people talk on the air, at the dinner tables. I was on the air three times as a kid. I was only ten-twelve years old at the time, Something I was really proud at the time, too. Now much local radio time on the weekends is hour long infomericals about colon cleansers, and so on.

I too am bored and disappointed with the local hosts on WSPD. Back in 2012, I looked forward to the political dirt Fred used to dig up on the local politicians. Then about 2 years ago that all changed to happy patter about what was going on in Toledo. It seemed to be a conscious programming change and it was disingenuous. I liked it when there was more focus on Fred and the callers and less on syrupy guests.

is intolerable to listen to any more. Mitch Albom's ego rivals Obama's & Trump's. I have not listened to WSPD in well over a year now. Sadly, the golden days of local radio are history.

Yes

I agree. Albom should just stick to writing insipid books. He also selects less-than-intelligent radio sidekicks (remember Rachel Nevada?); I suppose as not to show him up. Buffoon.

You mean the Mitch Albom who just makes stories up out of thin air and the DFP ignores it because he's on Oprah's book club? That one?

Lol

MikeyA

Yep

That's the guy!

Maybe they should get Dr. Laura back?

Maybe banning Fred from going to sandwich shops would improve things.

Wonder why the big turn around with Fred and WSPD? A couple of years ago on this site all he was spewing out of his mouth were racist and right wing vomit talking points. When the ratings kept falling clear channel must of told him try a different approach to attract listeners
I'm guessing. His show sucks now too.

Hope I didn't offend anyone!

As the Tea Party fell apart so did the audience of Hate Radio. WSPD realized Toledo is a Democratic demographic. To limit yourself to a minority of listeners was a loser. To turn into a cheesy shallow small talk radio attracts the largest demographic.

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That's what too many bologna sandwiches will do.

I heard the negative nay bob has cut back and is on the rebound since his divorce.

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was very careful NOT to get personal. I always understood that Fred was in business. His business is to attract the largest possible audience. That is how he gets and keeps his job! And that determines the level of pay he receives. And, he's in a very tough, competitive business.
I do not know what Fred really believes. IMHO -- only Fred and, I presume, a few close friends and/or relatives of his know what is in his heart. Fred is an entertainer. That's how he makes his living. Entertainers play a role. And, he has been quite successful compared to many others.
Personally, I wish Fred nothing but the best. I hope that Fred's current kinder, gentler radio persona works well for him and he gets good ratings. I prefer positive to negative in my life, in my community, in my nation, and in the world. I may be naive, but I like feeling this way.

Entertainers play a role but propaganda not so much. "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it." ~Uptown Sinclair~

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is a business, and a highly competitive one at that. I would think that neither you nor I know what Fred really feels about major issues of the day. As an entertainer, he is to give the people what they want. If people rely upon entertainers for their information, and/or to reinforce their beliefs, they are in the wrong.
Unfortunately, Americans do this all the time. Why do you think The Donald is getting such big crowds and so many votes? He's a well-known entertainer. People like to be around well-known entertainers. On top of that. he's rich. People like to be around rich folks. And now they have a very rich guy who wants something from them -- support and votes! People are drawn to that.

Some people in the Toledo area suck up to local radio and TV personalities in a similar way. They feel that supporting a local personality somehow makes them more important. Fred will say or write whatever he and/or his bosses believe will get more people to tune in to his program. That translates into more advertising revenue, and more money for them all. Having been in business myself, I know we often say things to flatter customers in order to prod them into buying what we have to sell. If we're really good at it, they'll come back time and again. IMHO -- That's all Fred is trying to do.

You don't know what I know. I have a history in Toledo going back to the 1950s. Know the area well. Been listening to Toledo radio since the 1960s. Know when a radio host abuses his position. WSPD is not an innocent wing of ClearChannel. They do not serve the public need to know. Yes they work for profits for ClearChannel Communications but they do have an agenda outside the profit motive.

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69 years (as of April 18th). I know that WSPD has consistently been politically conservative, both on the radio and on TV. I have despised WSPD for a long time. I just refuse to listen to WSPD! I was referring specifically to Fred's role as a radio talk show host.
I wouldn't want to do what Fred does. When I worked for my father for 15 years in the retail business world, I did my political thing outside of the workplace. He would never allow me to even put up a sign for anyone I supported for public office. And he was the most partisan average Democratic voter I have ever known! "He who pays the piper calls the tune." When you work for someone, you do what the boss wants when it comes to your public persona.

Fred may well hold very conservative positions. He may have been most comfortable as a WSPD host during the height of the nasty, negative, conservative talk show format. I really do not know him well enough to know that one way or the other. Unlike you, I have not been involved deeply in the local radio world. I bow to your expertise in this area.
As I have stated ad nauseum, I mostly listen to sports talk radio.

Bring back G. Gordon Liddy!

April 11, 2016 Fred Lefebvre 64 radio host marries Penny Collins 51 illustrator. Both of Sylvania Ohio.

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Stalk much?

Fred made the decision long ago to be a public person. And in the realm of any publicity is good publicity when one is in show biz, Mr. I.'s information gives more attention to Fred, which is good for Fred.
As I have stated before, I wish Fred nothing but the best in a tough, competitive business. I would not want to be Fred. And Mr I. has every right to post whatever public information he wants to post, especially about a person who wants to be, and very much is, a public figure.

Yes he has the right, but but would you say it is an unhealthy obsession?

so I am not qualified to make a professional judgment. Let's just say that there seems to be no love lost between these two people. Fred gives as well as he gets! Both can stand up for themselves. Neither need my support.

The bottom line is, no matter what the motivation, any publicity is good publicity for Fred. If only two more people tune in to hear Fred because of any controversy, every listener helps Fred to stay on the air and get paid.

For the ignorant a mention on WSPD by Fred on the air (last week) that a blogger had once posted his personal info on the local blogs in the past. No mention of his past transgressions or his involvement of why that happened. For the record Fred has posted my private email address on a local blog site and his WSPD (wink wink) dittoheads have posted my address long before anything I supposedly did. Do I get the Toledo airwaves to announce the truth or a correction? No, so goes the reason a public person has an unfair advantage. Fred in order to hide from the truth blocks or has his critics blocked from access to local social media so only his side of the "truth" is announced. I'm not the only one who has experienced this in Toledo. http://swampbubbles.com/blogs/mrindependent/20151023/problem-wspd-1370 I do appreciate Chris (administrator of this site) from not reacting to Fred's pleading to have me blocked. Others in Toledo let their ideology rule the day so we are not allowed a healthy truthful local debate with all its warts. I am sure his "new" wife will soon find the depth of Fred's negative nay bob depravity and maybe she enjoys it. As for Fred a larger baloney sandwich for two are now in order.

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radio show. Here's a link to an article about Greeny and Golic being inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame by the National Association of Broadcasters: http://sportsradiopd.com/2016/04/mike-and-mike-enter-the-hall-of-fame/

While I'm not a avid WSPD listener, I do think the station has come along way from the dark days of Brian Wilson. Wilson, I believe, destroyed his career in Toledo. I don't think he's had a regular radio job since. His sidekick Fred has done damage to his local reputation that will take time to repair. He still doesn't get the politicians to interview because of his past reputation. As many of you remember I complained loudly about the Brian cabal and then Scott Sands took over and moved the stations direction.

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If Fred opened a sandwich shop, Id go there.

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