NY Daily News media writer David Hinckley, a longtime follower of the city radio scene.
WOR 710 AM announced its 2014 lineup Monday, a near-total makeover that moves Joan Hamburg to weekends and instead is built on afternoon institutions Rush Limbaugh, noon-3 p.m., and Sean Hannity, 3-6 p.m.
Because Limbaugh and Hannity have been WABC's anchors for more than a decade, their move could dramatically change the ratings equation for talk radio in New York.
WABC 770 AM has dominated the local talk field in recent years. In 2013, with WOR in a holding pattern, WABC's audience share has doubled and almost tripled WOR's.
WOR is optimistic that will change with a mostly new lineup that also includes Elliot Segal, 6-10 a.m.; the returning Mark Simone, 10 a.m.-noon; Andy Dean, 6-9 p.m.; and Dave Ramsey, 9 p.m.-midnight.
The most surprising choice in the new WOR lineup, suggests Taylor, is morning host Elliot Segal. For years he has successfully hosted "Elliot in the Morning" on DC101 in Washington. Before that, he cohosted the WHTZ 100.3 FM, Z100 morning show in New York with current host Elvis Duran.
Since WABC has Don Imus in the morning slot, both stations will feature an entertainment-focused morning show. WABC has not yet announced its noon-3 p.m. replacement for the departing Limbaugh.
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