“After a four-month search, we are super fortunate to have a triple-triple threat like Michael joining WOR,” said Tom Cuddy, Program Director for WOR. “He has been a successful newspaper writer for decades, he co-hosted a TV show for over 20 years and now he’s joining us in a full-time capacity to pursue a lifelong passion for radio.”
Riedel has been the theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998 and is the most influential Broadway columnist in the United States. Riedel co-hosted the PBS-TV show “Theater Talk” for 24 years, and he is the author of The New York Times bestseller “Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway.” He is currently researching and writing his second book scheduled for a 2019 release. Since 2011, Riedel has been a regular guest on Imus in the Morning. His radio resume also includes National Public Radio, the BBC, and guest hosting for WOR’s Mark Simone. He also played himself on several episodes of “Smash”, the NBC-TV series about Broadway, with Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston.
“I have been a devoted WOR listener since I moved to NYC in 1986. In recent years, I’ve listened to broadcast legends Len Berman and Mark Simone regularly and was thrilled last fall when WOR asked me to guest host with Len,” said Riedel. “Len, his Producer Natalie Vacca, and news anchor Joe Bartlett were sensational to work with. They made the job fun and easy. I am grateful to the iHeartMedia New York team for a new career in a medium I love—radio.”
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Riedel replaces Todd Schnitt, who departed WOR last October.