WSPD Radio Host wants to stir things up without alienating his audience.

WSPD Radio Host wants to stir things up without alienating his audience.
http://www.toledoblade.com/TV-Radio/2013/02/27/Radio-show-host-wants-to-...

With a new program director WSPD moves away from its disastrous past five years. WSPD director Scott Sands must realize a format of negative partisan programing shuts off more than 50% of the Toledo Market. JohnyD has the talent and intelligence to diversify the programing away from that extreme narrow audience. JohnyD given the opportunity will change the hum drum of corporate AM radio that is all to common across the radio dial.

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is: Without annoying you and other liberals. You're dreaming if you think that conservatives in Lucas County have been dealt some kind of "blow" because there are 3 hours of general talk on any given station. I've listened to a few minutes here or there of WSPD's 3-6 program. [Generally, I'm busy during those hours,]

But you have this kind of magical thinking that Toledo conservatives are just devastated by this change. HARDLY!

Personally, I listen to a lot of radio, on the road, but mostly at home. I listen, first, to Limbaugh (maybe for an hour, up to 3 p.m.) and then Hannity for maybe 1/2 hour or so (760 WJR) between 3 and 6 while on the road. That way, I get the general gist of what conservatives are talking about that day. The programs I deliberately listen to later on in the evening are Mark Levin and Michael Savage (probably my favorite) (also WJR). Beats most of what's on tv. Unfortunately - for the time being - I can't get those programs on 1370.

But your, up to now, constant whining about WSPD has been ridiculous. Whenever I see either of the Obamas, or their trained minions on tv --- I IMMEDIATELY CHANGE THE CHANNEL. I never listen to BO under any circumstances. Even when Rush plays part of something BO has said -- I IMMEDIATELY CHANGE STATIONS. So, one wonders, has this not occurred to you as an option when you are tuned into a radio station that you so obviously hate. Seriously - is your hand broken or something?

I'll call your above comment Exhibit A as a prime example of what I've been saying all along..
Its obvious Farmergal needs to ween herself from extremists radio. Intervention is called for here. I've seen the maniacal obsession you have with our current president. Please take your Cod liver oil today. Listen to something positive and uplifting.

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I said essentially the same thing in October.

You need to do the same wolfman.

MikeyA

FG asks Wolfboy " is your hand broken or something?"

Nope. He has blisters on it and other smaller parts of his body from all the stroking he does while listening to Fred Lefebre and the Morning News.

Or maybe he and Willard have blisters on each-others hands from their Liberal circle jerk.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

JohnnyD is obviously put there because of Romney and Bain Capital wanted him there. Wait until you see how libertarian he is.

MikeyA

Sooo Ahhhh I listened to that Gary Rash-burn guy because he ahhhhh gives good financial aaaahh advice. Like we're all screwed and Ayn Rand was really ahhhh smart.

how this is going to go. It is not a bad thing for people to feel pressure from someone, especially around here. All too often people get complacent and someone needs to light a fire.

Yes Chris but to continue 24/7 with the same ole same ole can become dysfunctional. I think johnyD can evolve into one great talk show host. He has the smarts and also the independence to do what he wants to and not be led around by the nose. That said Toledo does need a break from all the bad nation PR that Wilson had disseminated around the country about Toledo. We need some good news, some positive news and a host that will deliver us some entertainment other than the usual predictable repetitive negative.

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You should listen to Wolfman Chris he has years of radio programming experience. Well if radio programming experience is defined as setting the stations on your car radio.

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I didn't know if the powers-at-be would allow you to talk about your new competition. From what little I've heard seems you too have changed your program since Wilson was kicked to the curb. I think between JohnyD and you as entertainers both could put together a strategy to capture the larger audience who have abandoned WSPD. JohnyD is a great all around talent with varied interests. Maybe he can show you, Fred, how to diversify your program to something other than negative hate.

Anyway I find it interesting that the Blade does a story on JohnyD but to date Fred has never been showcased. If that isn't a great big wet kiss of an un-endorsement I don't know what would be. We need some balance at WSPD. I think Scott Sands and Kellie Holeman may be the key to grow WSPD to what it once was.

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Just one more piece of evidence of your ignorance Wolfman. I have never been stopped from commenting on anything by my "powers that be" as you call them. Your ignorance continues when you call Johny "new competition". He is not competition. Morning shows and afternoon shows complement each other on a radio station, the hope being that the larger morning audience will leave the dial where it is and listen to the pm drive show and that the afternoon show will leave the dial there and build morning listening. I'm suprised with all of your programming expertise you weren't aware of this. I doubt the Blade will ever do a story on me, and that's fine, our history goes back a number of years. I'm working closely with the Blade however on the Vietnam Memorial Wall being brought to town this June.

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Fred you say your working with the Blade on a Vietnam Memorial. Will you be including that picture of you in the hippie fur coat? I imagine you attended many a Vietnam war protest in your day. How is it you didn't serve your country back during the Vietnam war? You were the right age, you didn't go to college and we did have a draft. Did you and your hippie friends go to Canada?

http://swampbubbles.com/blogs/wolfman/20101005/fred-lefebvre-toledo-ohio...

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I'm curious Wolfman, where do you thnk it would be appropriate for me to include a picture of myself in a tribute to those who served in Vietnam? I realize you like the limelight and insert yourself into as many stories as possible, posting pics of yourself at protests and the like , but really where would that picture fit in the tribute we want to pay to service people?
As for serving, I did not, my number was in the 300 range and I was never called. I did go for my tests at what was the old Fort Wayne in Detroit but my vision was found lacking. I did go to Canada but only on occassion, never to stay. My brother served in 'Nam and came back with the effects of Agent Orange to prove it, his twin was a Marine stationed in Okinawa providing supplies to those in country. They wouldn't let them both in 'Nam at the same time I was told.
So besides the question about the appropriateness of using the pic I guess you have us wondering now what you did during the war, and which branch you served in Wolfman. I imagine, as you do apparently about me, if because of your German heritage you served the American side or had your allegiances with the East Germans. Please answer.

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Fred you didn't answer my question! As a hippie did you protest the war? Living in that era I find it hard to believe that you didn't attend at least some type of protest. I've seen the pictures of your hippie days and you were, in my opinion, not on the side of the war. In those days you were either a anti war hippie or a "establishment" Goldwater/Nixon Republican. I didn't see any hippies supporting the war. About me I was 1A and Nixon saved my ASS from being cannon fodder. I don't know if you have figured this out but the working class gives up their dead while the Mitt Romneys/Dick Chaneys evade and differ.

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I figured that out in the mid 60's. I was against the war but did not attend any protest marches or rallys. Contrary to the popular media narrative that the country was in two camps as you suggest there were millions of young people all across the country who were against this particular war who did not look like hippies. I went to school with many of them in Detroit and they did not see the reason for the war but also were not interested in being hippie as you say.
It's interesting that you can tell what a person believed based on how they look Wolfman, can you do that with skin color also? I have a pic I should post someday and get your thoughts on what the person in it might be like.

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You have posted pictures of your hippie days (some you have removed) and you sure didn't look like one of those Anita Bryant Republicans. If you had long shoulder length hair and wore a fur coat, in the sixties, you were a hippie period. Yes you are right many wore longer hair as the style and were on the fence but most did support the Abbie Hoffmans of the time. Damn they knew they too would soon become cannon fodder if the war did not end. So you may make fun of what you once were but remember whether it was the Yippies of the sixties or the Occupy Wall Street protesters now they did and have implemented change through awareness. I would argue saved many lives of the unfortunate class.

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Wolfman's military experience makes him an expert.

I mean, he's so worried about everyone elses miltiary time he MUST have served. No?

How was he not drafted? Doubtful he had a education exception.

Do you think he told the draft board he was a sexually confused quaker?

MikeyA

to listen to Wolfman's show :) I was asked by Arbitron this year to do their survey. I am not sure if they ask someone every year or if it is a 1 time thing, but I reported my listening of Fred's show and the other radio I listen to. Quite an interesting experience to go through; not sure why they chose me but I would do it again if asked.

Someone has been lighting fires!. I (Twila, Twilia, Teo's, purfarts, Tiya), ... have been lit up for the last two weeks or so......But I'm a strong firefighter...lol

Yes

I know you are and I thank you for it. Someone has got to advocate for TPS kids. JonnyD won't be.

I know nothing about radio programming, but I was thinking that the Johny D format is geared toward the blue collar-level listener who I'm sure makes up the majority of potential NW Ohio radio listeners.

It's very obvious that Johny D will not be political, but how long can stories about his vasectomy, wife's girlfriends, and tipping practices keep our interest? He's missing the talent of a Paul W. Smith or Scott Sloan who can talk about current local events without resorting to pointless tripe. How many times do we have to hear about how hot his wife is?

I like the idea of having local radio content; so although I don't listen to WSPD from 3-6 as much as I did with Brian Wilson (I switch between 700 AM Cincinnati and 97.1 FM Detroit), I'm glad WSPD didn't go to another national show.

P.S. As a favor to those of us who won't buy the Blade online, please cut and paste the article as opposed to giving the link.

Toledo Blade
2/27/2013
Johny D brings talk show to WSPD
Radio show host wants to stir things up without alienating audience
http://www.toledoblade.com/TV-Radio/2013/02/27/Radio-show-host-wants-to-...
Quotes from article:

With the November departure of its controversial and politically divisive afternoon talk-show host Brian Wilson, Clear Channel's WSPD-AM 1370 recently announced the 44-year-old Johny D. as Wilson's replacement in the 3-to-6 p.m. weekday slot. With the hiring, the station takes a three-hour break from its mostly conservative talk-show-driven format in favor of a less political programing.

"We're trying to reflect the lifestyle of Toledo and if politics is part of that, great, and if not there's lots of other stuff to talk about," said Scott Sands, WSPD program director.

Added Kellie Holeman, Clear Channel regional market manager: "It's all about being relevant to the lifestyle. There's a lot of great people that live in this community doing a lot of great things and we're really just trying to talk about the things that matter to Toledoans, whether that's community events, charity, politics, family, sports, news, weather, traffic."

In the same conference-call interview with WSPD management, Johny D. referred to his program as "an overall show ... not just based on politics.

"It comes through a balance. You might talk about something that's really hard core at one time and then at the next break you'll talk about what we're doing in Toledo to help families that don't have any food" he said. "That's how...

Galt two ways to solve this; you can always stop by the library if you want to see the whole article. or subscribe to the paper. I think if you rely on talk radio for your news well I can say your ignorant of all the facts.

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

There's something called the "Internet" that one can now utilize for information gathering.

On today's Johny D show I tuned-in in the middle of a husband who was mad at his wife for calling the show yesterday and revealing he goes to strip bars. Wow--just think--one normally has to watch Jerry Springer to experience such fine examples of humanity.

After a day of Fred, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, JohnyD is a breathe of fresh air from the incessant negativity from the right. Its actually interesting to hear something different than the extreme corporate talking points. JohnyD lives in the real world not an Ayn Rand fantasy Land.

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

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