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WMAL Fires Chris Core, D.C.'s Longest Running Talk Host

Three years ago, I started a profile of Chris Core, the longtime talk show host on WMAL, like this: "In three decades on the radio in Washington, Chris Core has survived five station owners, four general managers, six program directors and a revolution in talk radio."

But Core didn't survive his sixth station owner. After 33 years on the air here, Core was let go this afternoon in a massive nationwide bloodletting by Citadel Broadcasting, which last year bought ABC Radio, including three Washington stations.

Citadel, which reported big losses last quarter and blamed the deteriorating audience for radio, also scrapped the format of one of its other D.C. stations, Smooth Jazz 105.9 FM, which at 3 p.m. became True Oldies, with a heavy 60s emphasis.

Core, whose morning talk show on 630 AM changed its political colors in recent years, moving to a more emotional flavor of conservatism to match the station's syndicated talk lineup of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, was remarkably sanguine about the move when I spoke to him just now.

"It is what it is--business," he said from his Maryland home. "Nothing personal. If the station had their druthers, they wouldn't do this. But they didn't have their druthers. Over time, you can see where this business has been heading."

AM radio listening has been in decline across the country, but especially in Washington, and especially since all-news WTOP moved from its longtime home at 1500 AM to 103.5 FM. For many younger listeners, AM radio is a relic, something they might use to listen to an occasional ballgame, but that's about it.

WMAL has not announced what will replace Core. Managers informed Core after his Friday show, leaving him without the chance to bid his audience farewell. He says he'd like to talk to his audience again, and hopes to do so from another station someday. "I'm only 59 and I've got a 13-year-old kid, so I'm not ready to retire," he says. "But I leave without a scintilla of bitterness. They gave me a job for a third of a century."

The smooth jazz format was considered a success through much of its 14 year run in Washington. It drew an unusually mixed audience, with a nearly 50-50 split racially, which is almost unheard of in the highly segregated world of radio. But after Clear Channel Radio killed off the area's only oldies station, Big 100, in 2006, the smooth jazz station's days were numbered.

The new oldies format appears to be heavily centered on rock-oriented hits from the 60s, plus some Motown--exactly the strands of music that are being eliminated from many oldies stations across the country as they move into a 70s and 80s focus to chase younger listeners. But with the new WBIG focused on rock of the 70s and The Globe (94.7) emphasizing post-60s classic rock, there was an opening to try a more traditional oldies sound.

"The greatest hits of all time are back," the new station announced in its first promotion after a few seconds of silence at 3 p.m. today. The first songs played on the station were Aretha Franklin's "Respect," the Doobie Brothers' "Listen To The Music," Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy," and Earth Wind and Fire's "September." Another promotional announcement featured quick cuts from The Monkees' "I'm A Believer," the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love," and The Doors' "Touch Me."

More in the print edition Saturday.....

By Marc Fisher |  February 29, 2008; 2:16 PM ET
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No more loud mouth conservative. Aww...

Posted by: BYE BYE | February 29, 2008 3:10 PM

Yeah, more room for moronic liberals on the radio. Air America seems to be doing a great job attracting no one to listen to their whining.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 29, 2008 3:14 PM

Is Air America still stealing money from charity organizations? The only thing worse than most conservative singers is liberal talk radio hosts (that comment should piss off both sides :) )

Chris Core was a good talk show host, but ever since he was unfairly labeled a muslim hater by a bunch of PC hippies, I knew this was eventually going to happen.

Posted by: Jon | February 29, 2008 3:19 PM

Thank God for my iPod.

Posted by: FrankZappa | February 29, 2008 3:27 PM

A classless move by Citadel Broadcasting. This will make the decision between audio books and WMAL an easy decision.

Adios, WMAL (and Citadel)

Posted by: AWWNats | February 29, 2008 3:29 PM

Too bad about Core - seems like the liberal media are taking a bigger foothold in the area...I just leave the radio off...besides the America haters on WPFW, the liberal Nazis on NPR,and the Republican haters on 103.5 (led by that ridiculous whiner colbert king) I can't stand talk radio in this town.

Posted by: Falls Church VA | February 29, 2008 3:34 PM

I alway listened to Chris Core on my drive to work in the morning. I never called, bit I felt that he was a very intellignet person. His show was interesteing informing, and amusing, and made my drive bearable. I will miss him. He was not the typical conservative talk show host and he was open minded to others opinions. The station will probably miss me as a listener, but what do they care about the older folks. Nobody else does. I hope another station will hire him. stangoldberg@gmail.com

Posted by: stan Goldberg | February 29, 2008 3:35 PM

The station could use some true comic relief. Bring back Bill Trumbull!! If he doesn't want to work a five-day week, he could alternate with Ed Walker and Willard Scott.

Posted by: MrKilohertz | February 29, 2008 3:36 PM

I remember Core from Trumbull & Core damned near 30 years ago, and though I've not listened to him since he moved to mornings, I'm sorry to hear he's been canned. Regardless of whatever foolishness he had to do as part of his job--and the current WMAL guys on before him are such jackasses that they're laughable--I always thought he was a class act. Alas, all radio is indeed in the dumps--which is why I have XM.

Posted by: Dave | February 29, 2008 3:39 PM

Maybe they can move Chris up to replace the very lame Andy Parks.I know Core doesn't rhyme with Grandy, but he would be so much better than "no facts,fat @ss" Parks. Two days of Andy whining about McCain was about all I could take. I am really surprised that Fred puts up with the half wit.Put Andy on the road with his "immigrant bus".
Of course, if Fred goes and Andy stays , it could be "Core and Bore".

Posted by: jmsbh | February 29, 2008 3:39 PM

I wonder if it will be Imus?

Posted by: b | February 29, 2008 3:48 PM

Who even knew Core was still on the air?

Posted by: bill | February 29, 2008 3:50 PM

seems to me this was a financial decision.

I wonder why they didn't try and renegotiate his contract?

Is it a given that another station would pay him close to his current salary?

Posted by: annandale, VA | February 29, 2008 3:52 PM

Considering Core's record I am sure he will be picked up soon. Good luck Chris and in the mean time we'll be missing your broadcast.

And for WMAL..., SHAME ON YOU!!! Whose next, Andy and Grandy, then Rush, and SEAN? Shame on YOU!!! This is disappointing.

Posted by: Martin | February 29, 2008 3:52 PM

I've never really liked the guy, but it's never fun when you lose your job. Good luck to him!

Posted by: gm123 | February 29, 2008 3:56 PM

Now who will take over all the lame advertising he used to do for all the shady businesses. He will not be missed!

Posted by: tim | February 29, 2008 3:56 PM

Would he vote democrate and be begging for govt handouts now that he's unemployed? Too bad Bush spent all that money fighting an immoral war in Iraq instead of helping the economy; Core may have been able to keep his job.

Posted by: Paul | February 29, 2008 4:00 PM

Now that he's got no income, does Chris Core still think permanent tax cuts for the super rich are a great idea?

Posted by: Paul | February 29, 2008 4:02 PM

I worked at WMAL for a very, very brief time in the 90's. I had been a listener growing up and Chris was one of my radio idols. It's a sad day. He was one of the best and was always very gracious and encouraging to me. I've never forgotten that.

Posted by: matt | February 29, 2008 4:04 PM

Most of you posters sound about as looney as the people you are talking about. Liberal this liberal that. Stop brainwashing yourselves listning to AM radio, a bunch of loud mouth hypocrites who will cater to any agenda that gives them a pay check and ratings. They got rid of him because his ratings were down. Get a clue people, You cant live in 1950 forever. A bunch of Archie Bunkers.

Posted by: gdavis4 | February 29, 2008 4:04 PM

Guess what....Chris Core delivered my pizza today. Bwahahahahahaha!

Posted by: Paul | February 29, 2008 4:05 PM

The comment "No more loud mouth conservative" this person has obviously has never listen to the Chris Core Show. Chris is a moderate talk show host that most of the time just speaks plain common sense the way an average person would, the way you and your next door neighbor would talk about the issues, unlike most of these talk shows out there that are so far to the left or right and do nothing but regurgitate the same political talking points over and over. It is a great loss to the Washington airways not to be able to listen to the Chris Core Show anymore. I will be looking forward to seeing him again soon on another station, because I no longer have a reason to listen to WMAL. DUMB MOVE WMAL!

Posted by: TC | February 29, 2008 4:08 PM

I actually found the guy to be a tolerable conservative. he was not as mean spirited as the rest. I don't know about the alleged ratings. i think they are bogus. but core can be replaced.

105.9 they need to keep! I am tired of these smooth jazz station being pulled all the time. i guess i do need to keep my XM.

Posted by: RobGreg | February 29, 2008 4:09 PM

Serves him right for being a conservative. Now karma would if his home's subprime ARM loan term came due and he lost two fingers and had to go to the emergency room.

Posted by: Paul | February 29, 2008 4:16 PM

What a truly terrible thing to happen, and what a strong argument against the massive concentration of media ownership. I would listen to Chris Core when he was on in the evening -- even though his politics were quite different from mine, nonetheless he did at least try to make the effort to be rational. Far far more than the sociopathic foamers who replaced him.

I guess it is hard for someone who is basically decent to demean himself sufficiently for the "hate radio" that WMAL has degenerated into, except for its weekend money programs. I wish him the best.

Ed

Posted by: Ed A | February 29, 2008 4:17 PM

Too bad about Core. Politics aside, he was a nice person.

Michael Graham landed on his feet in a big way - so will Core.

the radio business is interesting. The only am stations making money are the ones with conservative talk show hosts.

Watch wtop plummet.

Posted by: anon | February 29, 2008 4:18 PM

I missed Chris when he moved to mornings as I work.
I've always enjoyed him and for the most part he was not a nutter like Chris Plante, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Andy (I don't believe in God) Parks.
In a way, you could see this coming.
The WMAL I remember my m om listening to as I grew up in this area is gone.

Posted by: Ted | February 29, 2008 4:19 PM

Northern Virginia will be much better off without the bigotry and one sided view of immigration that became a staple of his show. Hopefully WMAL will see fit to put forward someone who will give a more balanced view and not cater to people's ignorance and fear.

Posted by: EL of Ashburn | February 29, 2008 4:30 PM

So let me get this straight. If you go on the radio five times a week, spew a bunch of right wing Bush-loving nonesense, no one listens, and you get fired for being a crappy talk show host, we should feel sorry. I glad it happened -- and I hope this happens to the rest of them -- Hannity, Rush, and that Hussein spewing idiot in Cleveland. Couldn't happen to nicer guys.

I have a novel idea. How about puting something interesting on the radio that will hold our attentions and not make everyone run for XM/Sirius or their ipod? How about making the face of radio change to that? Wouldn't that be good business?

Posted by: James | February 29, 2008 4:30 PM

People calling him some rabid conservative are clueless. Core was a very moderate conservative who spoke common sense, in contrast to the ranting and raving of guys like Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh. Maybe that is what really did him in, you have to sound like a blithering lunatic to get ratings. Intelligent, thoughtful discourse on the radio doesnt score much these days. Sad testament to our society.

Who is this bottom feeder talking about "Super Rich" tax cuts? My family stands to take a HUGE hit if those tax cuts expire, and we are two working professionals with kids living in a modest middle class home. The "Super Rich" that the leftist class warfare extremists keep railing against, are really the middle class professionals that are the backbone of taxpaying citizens in this country.

Posted by: TJ | February 29, 2008 4:35 PM

I remember Chris Core from Trumbel & Core decades ago. Haven't listened to AM radio in about as long.
Regardless of what anyone thought of him, after 33 years, would it have been too much to ask for just a tiny bit of notice, maybe a measly 15 minutes, to him so he could have at least signed off one last time and said goodbye to his listeners?
This action reflects very poorly upon the station owner.

Posted by: THINKINGGUY | February 29, 2008 4:36 PM

Although the other shows on WMAL are full of right wing hatred and certainly Chris is no liberal and said somethings about some politicians that I really thought were unfair, I enjoyed his show and listened to it almost daily. I suspect he was not edgy enough to meet the WMAL right wing hate radio profile that includes some pretty hardcore big mouths. Chris always took phone calls from all comers and sometimes took positions that seemed to be inconsistent with the usual right wing blather. He will be missed.

Posted by: PBK | February 29, 2008 4:46 PM

Kind of a shame. I didn't agree with Core very often, but at least he semi-tolerated other points of view on his program, unlike the rest of the ignorant, right-wing knuckleheads that currently populate WMAL.

Posted by: me | February 29, 2008 4:48 PM

It's amazing that a radio station programmed for old white guys is still viable.

Posted by: dems4dems | February 29, 2008 4:48 PM

So long WMAL without core I won't bother listening anymore to your syndicated garbage

Posted by: Matt | February 29, 2008 4:50 PM

And now, nobody--and I mean nobody--from the "old days" of WMAL are left. I don't think so anyway. Hardin and Weaver, God rest their souls are both deceased. No more Bill Trumbell nor Brooke Stevens. Ken Beatrice is gone...Johnny Holliday moved w/ Maryland Terps radio to 106.7. There was also another gentleman in the 70's and 80's who use to do big band music from the 30's and 40's--don't remember his name but he was usually on Sunday mornings. And he spoke very softly and slowly...can anyone help me w/ that?
WMAL just isn't the same anymore. It really hasn't been since the Redskins left!

I also still remember the very funny commercial Chris and his old partner Trumbell did in the early 80's. Where they dressed like cavemen.

Posted by: Tripp | February 29, 2008 4:59 PM

What makes you idiots think it was WMAL that got rid of Core? WMAL doesn't make its own corporate decisions...it's CITADEL BROADCASTING. That's what happens when a company is OWNED by another company. Trust me..if it was up to WMAL, Core would still be here. WMAL's listeners are supposed to be bright...well then why don't you WAKE up!

Posted by: Wake up | February 29, 2008 5:04 PM

Who cares? I haven't listen to the freakish WMAL in years.

More importantly, oldies are back in DC. Smooth Jazz 105.9 was growing on me (it lulls our twins to sleep) but for drive time oldies are much better.

Posted by: Spectator2 | February 29, 2008 5:06 PM

You people who spew hate towards Chris are cruel.

Here is a man who constructively gave and monitored opinion on the radio and he gets unceremoniously removed from the station. You may not agree with him, but he always was accessible and open to argument. I never ever heard him antagonize a caller. I spoke with him many times, on light topics as well as sad topics and he is class all the way.

Posted by: Mike | February 29, 2008 5:07 PM

For Tripp: Are you thinking of Felix Grant? Tom Gager?

Posted by: PBK | February 29, 2008 5:08 PM

It's prety much over for the right wing lunatics. Chris HAD been very moderate but over the past three years he was forced to move far right and take the extreme 'build a massive wall' approach to immigration which really got terribly boring. The point is that the entire country doesn't want to listen anymore to the radical right or left nastiness. They have lost their influenc3 and the stations are losing ratings. On to the next thing.

Posted by: JCP | February 29, 2008 5:09 PM

While losing one's job is never fun, Chris Core is paying the price for selling out to the Devil - the Devil being WMAL's right wing hate radio agenda. There was a time, and Core was a part of it, when everyone listened to WMAL, and they programmed for everyone. Those days are long gone, and when Core bought into the conservative radio schtik, he and WMAL lost me forever as a listener.

Posted by: Old Timer | February 29, 2008 5:13 PM

I like Chris Core. He should have stayed in the afternoon drive-time slot. I listened to him all the time. I believe he will be back somewhere. However, he needs a sidekick to play off against and maintain some balance. Someone to moderate the occasional "black hole" that all these talk show hosts fall into.

I'll really miss the Smooth Jazz show. Seemed like every other song was something I loved to hear interspersed with something new.

Posted by: tellthetruth1 | February 29, 2008 5:22 PM

I used to really like listening to Chris Core and WMAL until the entire focus of the station became all conservative and political. The morning used to be fun listening to Trumbull and Core's banter. Once Core became another talk radio blowhard (I use this term for both ends of the political spectrum) I quit listening to WMAL completely. Now it's WTOP for traffic and weather, or my iPod.

Posted by: Just Me | February 29, 2008 5:23 PM

Core was a great show on the drive in to the job. Will be missed.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 29, 2008 5:26 PM

A sad day. Chris Core is a level-headed talkshow host who often asked interesting and thought-provoking questions. He is a foaming-at-the-mouth, hardcore right-winger like others heard on that station.

To those who write him off as some "whackjob", you should have listened to the show. Only then would you know how wrong you truly are.

Hope WTNT picks him up. I called them. Fans of Chris's show should do the same: http://am570wtnt.com/pages/mywtnt/contact.html

Posted by: GE | February 29, 2008 5:27 PM

I always tuned in to listen to Chris in the morning - I am sad that the dimwits in management decided to fire him - without even a chance to talk to his listeners. I am an independent, a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, but found myself agreeing with Chris a fair amount. Rather than the idiotic right-wing morons that grace the channel later on, Chris was a thought-provoking, eloquent speaker who put forth intelligent arguments. So what if he was against illegal immigration - everyone should be. It's a national disgrace. So what if he speaks to defend this country from Islamic extremists - they are the ones who brought down our buildings and killed thousands of innocent civilians. He is absolutely right. I didn't agree with him on many things, particulary gay rights, abortion, and religion, but he is someone I would love to take a few hours to chat with over beers. Rush, Sean, and the idiot Mark are just talking heads to sick audiences. Chris was the real thing. Best of luck, my friend.

Posted by: daveinchantilly | February 29, 2008 5:28 PM

I'm curious--is it possible to disagree with any part of the Democratic party platform without being a hate-spewing bigot warmonger?

Posted by: Jay | February 29, 2008 5:30 PM

These media executives are CLUELESS.

Any wonder why more and more people are abandoning broadcast radio and going to internet and satellite radio?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 29, 2008 5:34 PM

Chris Core was the moderate voice of radio in this area for years. It's a shame that radio is going away from locally produced shows in every format. The amount of local content we have in this market is (was?) staggering compared with the rest of the country.

I knew when they moved Chris from the flagship afternoon drivetime slot to the mid morning "Bob Levey" graveyard shift that he was on the way out. Chris Core was a voice of reason in Washington. I have just about stopped listening to WMAL at all now.

I remember Bill Trumbull's last day, when he and Chris went through the whole stack of "joke of the day" jokes, but never let on that Bill was on his way out the door. I wish Chris had been given the opportunity to at least sign off the same way.

Posted by: Joe | February 29, 2008 5:47 PM

Good riddance - glad to see all the narrow minded right-wing nutjobs get their comeuppance. I haven't listened to WMAL in years because of their ridiculous programming. Biased journalism for the sake of being biased. Yaba-Daba-Doo to the demise of the neanderthals...

Posted by: DontGetIt | February 29, 2008 5:48 PM

Prediction. More syndicated crap.

Posted by: John | February 29, 2008 5:56 PM

Anyone who is calling Chris Core a "rabid conservative" or anything close is either an idiot or never listened to the show. While he staunchly opposed Bill Clinton's wife (don't most of us?) he certainly was no raving lunatic like some stations host. I will say this. The older he got the less informed he became on matters of law, the courts, and what went on in the community.

Posted by: Lou | February 29, 2008 6:00 PM

To PBK...actually, you hit it on the head in that I was thinking about BOTH of those names. Yes, Felix Grant was the gent who did that Sunday morning show that my family listened to on the drive to Church. With the classic jazz and big band music. Tom Gager I believe was the gentleman who filled in for him and who did the overnight show. He was the one with the soft voice who spoke kind of slowly.
Seems that you're a lifetime Washingtonian like myself.

Posted by: Tripp | February 29, 2008 6:02 PM

The AM band on my car stereo doesn't even work. I had my car for at least 4 years before discovering this; for all I know, it's never worked. But as much as I enjoy loudmouth idiots blathering ceaselessly about trivial bullhsit, I've never felt the need to get it fixed.

Posted by: BM Radio | February 29, 2008 6:02 PM

Response to "Jay":

"I'm curious--is it possible to disagree with any part of the Democratic party platform without being a hate-spewing bigot warmonger?"

Yes, as you could tell had you read many of the posts here. However, that is separate from the fact that many of the so-called "hosts" on WMAL ARE hate-spewing bigoted warmongerers.

I would like to add that unlike so many people on WMAL, Chris Core actually DOES support the troops. He has always been a big supporter of the Fisher Houses, which provide tremendous assistance to the injured veterans that W, the GOP, and most of right-wing hate radio are indifferent to.

Posted by: Ed A | February 29, 2008 6:02 PM

Is there a reason why jazz can't survive in DC? Since I arrived almost 20 years ago, this is the second time a jazz station has abruptly switched to an oldies format. What is going on?? The Capital Jazz Fest, Blues Alley and other venues show that there is an audience for jazz in DC. Why do these station owners keep screwing us jazz listeners?

Posted by: Nikki | February 29, 2008 6:04 PM

It's about time! Who listens to WMAL anyway? It's nothing but a broken record of GOP propaganda and hate mongering. Chris Core only seemed reasonable because e was on the air after the crack head bigot Ruch Limbaugh. then again, anybody seems reasonable compared to that blowhard. I look forward to the day when Limbaugh is fired too (or goes back into rehab)!

Posted by: C-Dog | February 29, 2008 6:23 PM

Tripp,
the Sunday morning gent was Ed Walker.
Felix Grant played jazz at night.
Thinking a little more about it, seeing Chris go is like saying goodbye to Woodies, Hot Shoppe, Peoples, Hechts and the various other things and places that were unique to DC.
But, things go on.

I just looked at the WMAL homepage and they've done a better job than the KGB at erasing history.
No sign of Chris there.

Posted by: Ted | February 29, 2008 6:27 PM

Since Bill Trumbull retired, Chris Core has floundered. I haven't listened to him in years and I certainly don't listen to that Grandy and Parks garbage.

WMAL began its decline with the death of Jackson Weaver and the retirement of Frank Harden. Firing the likes of Tom Gager and all those who followed sealed the station's fate for me.

Thank you WTOP...you give me all I need for news, weather and sports. Music, well 90.9 and 100.3.

Posted by: Michael1945 | February 29, 2008 6:30 PM

BM Radio said;

"The AM band on my car stereo doesn't even work. I had my car for at least 4 years before discovering this; for all I know, it's never worked. But as much as I enjoy loudmouth idiots blathering ceaselessly about trivial bullhsit, I've never felt the need to get it fixed"

____________________________________

Nothing you could have said could have better described your intelligence. You are either 17 or an idiot. If WWIII broke out you wouldn't find out about it until you got home because no station on the FM dial would be interested.

Posted by: Lou | February 29, 2008 6:33 PM

The Oldies format sucks. It works for about the first month and then when they start repeating the same songs over and over again, the audience dies away. There is a reason they are called Oldies...no one listens to them any longer. Killing Smooth Jazz just shows how commericalized the US is now. Jazz is the first American art form, and BTW, they do not have Oldies in jazz.

Posted by: Tired of the greed | February 29, 2008 6:40 PM

Chris was much more moderate than all the other conservative shows on the station.... I think he represented a more "practical" and pragmatic conservatism that more people practice than the right-wing sycophancy of Limbaugh and Hannity.

It might have been a ratings issue but radio is notorious for throwing the baby out with the bath water when new management appears.

Hopefully he gets back on the air somewhere else soon because I liked listening to him even though I rarely agreed with him.

Posted by: Ajohn1 | February 29, 2008 6:47 PM

oh that poor right winger.....now fire rush and sean and ann culter and the whole world will be better for it.

Posted by: maj | February 29, 2008 6:49 PM

They fired the wrong Chris.They should have fired Chris Plante, the guy with an IQ of a potted plant.

Posted by: Darth Vader | February 29, 2008 6:50 PM

Pulling Smooth Jazz hurt me to my heart. I love that station. It is one of only a few in the area that my students in class could actually listen and enjoy. Very stupid move!!!!

Posted by: nikki | February 29, 2008 6:59 PM

Too bad. I ignored Core for many years but was recently starting to listen more. He was a good local voice for local issues. Chris Plante is good too, but he basically rehashes the national topics. It is first on Rush, then on Sean, then Mark Levin, and then Chris. Oh well. Sean Hannity I could do without. The Economist magazine in its July 19 2007 edition called Hannity a "caveman without talent" and they are right.

Posted by: Karl | February 29, 2008 7:02 PM

Tripp,

You said it perfectly. WMAL was once a great community radio station. Ken Beatrice, Trumbull and Core, Brook Stevens, Frank Hardin, Willard Scott, Redskins games including pre & post game coverage, traffic, weather, Brant & Parks, etc. I had 630 WMAL on all the time. I hardly ever changed the dial. No hate radio, just regular folks talking and having fun on the radio - kept me sane through many endless DC commutes.

When you are trapped in the car, AM radio can be a your best friend sometimes.

Core was the last of a wonderful and classy radio era. He was the last reason I had to tune into WMAL now and then.

Posted by: mi-ti-bear | February 29, 2008 7:02 PM

Hardin & Weaver; Tom Gager; Trumble & Core; Ken Beatrice; Maryland sports w/ Johnny Holliday; Redskins radio with Frank, Sonny & Sam. It started to go downhill when WMAL fired Tom Gager. I still have cassette tapes I made of Trumble & Core broadcasting from Redskins training camp in Carlisle, PA. I'm going to transfer them to CD and relive the good old days. Radio was never better then that! .

Posted by: JayG | February 29, 2008 7:14 PM

I listened to WMAL from the time I was a student in graduate school in the 60s until it began turning into a station of intolerant right-wing nuts. I remember the good old days of Jackson and Weaver, Felix Grant, Ken Beatrice and even Chris Core before he turned into a right-winger. Needless to say, I haven't listened to WMAL in years. Thus, I certainly won't miss Core and what he stood for.

Posted by: Liz | February 29, 2008 7:17 PM

Well what do you expect. The mega-giant media moguls aren't interested in serving the public interests, their only interest is how to improve their profit margin. If you listen to Clear Channel stations it's the same thing. They moved the best country music team and brought in some dopes who are at best patronizing country music listeners. As for the smooth jazz station just another option the listening public has lost. Wonder which satellite radio net work moguls have their money. Smells like they are trying to drive people into XM or Sirius subscriptions.

Posted by: AmzgGrace | February 29, 2008 7:39 PM

All I know is, a guy with a kid to feed is out of a job. Whether he had it coming, karma or otherwise, to me is beside the point. I don't get why people wish harm on people they don't know, who have never done THEM any harm.

There's so much hate in the media -- from the jocks, from the audience. Look at just these comments. News, sports talk, it's all the same. I have basically stopped listening to it all -- it's irritating, when it's not simply boring (you can't play the same note over and over and over without it getting old). I got XM over a year ago, and it works for me -- I usually listen to comedy. I listen to WTOP for the traffic driving in, that's it.

Posted by: RL | February 29, 2008 7:59 PM

Good luck Chris! I have been a listener of WMAL since the early 90's. I will miss your wisdom and sage advice. It's too bad that the left wing liberal jackasses in this town don't appreciate your common sense and apparently are unable to comprehend what conservative principles are all about. I will be listening to Laura at 570 AM more often now. Best wishes and God's speed.

Posted by: MW, No. Springfield | February 29, 2008 8:00 PM

That's what happens when liberal pro open border, pro MexAM Union companies like Univision and General Electric/NBC use their money to push a pro Spanish bilingual nation on America!

The future is now. As the movie title proclaims, "There will be Blood".

Posted by: Thom Jefferson | February 29, 2008 8:06 PM

I will miss smooth jazz.

I was at my Doctor appointment this morning and it was on the radio. I was thinking this is about the only radio station I listen to and enjoy.

Who knew it was the last time I would listen. I will miss it and wish the staff well. No oldies for me.


Posted by: PJ | February 29, 2008 8:12 PM

I listened to Chris every chance I got. I always liked the way he would engage callers, even those who disagreed with him. I think it's a sad day, but I hope he lands someplace close by and beats the h*ll out of whoever takes his slot on WMAL.

Posted by: 22046 | February 29, 2008 8:21 PM

I too will miss Chris. A moderate, not a right winger, not swinging to the left like you jackass nut jobs in this town. Wake up and smell the coffee people.

Posted by: Jason | February 29, 2008 8:26 PM

I remember Chris Core back in the Trumble and Core days, really enjoyed WMAL back then, also back to Harden and Weaver days. I haven't listened to WMAL in years now though ever since they went to the talking idiots they favor - Hannity, Limbaugh and the like. I love freedom of speech but these guys are simply windbags so I listen to classical music and WTOP News, or XM if I have the new car.

Posted by: Brian | February 29, 2008 9:14 PM

I am amazed at some of the comments here.

Chris Core was one of the nicest, most reasonable talk show hosts that I have ever heard. He was good regardless of who his partner was (some were better than others) and the topic that was discussed.

It was always a pleasure to listen to him. I never thought of him as excessively conservative or liberal--just a reasonable guy that seemed to value all opinions, even those he didn't agree with.

He was a breath of fresh air, and I hope he gets another show soon.

All the best to you, Chris!

Posted by: Todd Beall | February 29, 2008 9:27 PM

The posters castigating Core as a right wing lunatic never listened to his show. He was moderate and not even conservative on all issues. And Core dealt with local issues that mattered, putting topics on education and traffic high on his agenda.

I think this was a terrible thing for WMAL to do this week -- Core's former co-host Brooke Stevens died a few days ago.

Core's morning show was the region's best -- by far -- and I don't know what they'll put on to better it. Probably syndicated crap.

Posted by: Days of Broken Arrows | February 29, 2008 9:44 PM

It is terrible news to see Smooth Jazz 105.9 go. Taking it off the air was the dumbest move.
I am in my forties -a rocker-, my wife listened to this station and I started liking it too. Our seven year old also liked this station and I can't imagine another station on the spectrum I'd rather have her listen to.
What were they thinking? I could never listen to their new "oldies" format.
If it wasn't making them as much money as the wished, then they could have tinkered a little with the same format to improve it so they can make the money they wanted. These high management types feel that they always have to operate in this "heads will roll" mentality. Eventually it is theirs that does.
Hopefully, someone with their head in the right place will take this format and run it, successfully, somewhere else on the dial.
In addition, with the advent of hd radio there will be more stations to listen to in the future.

Posted by: Rockville, MD | February 29, 2008 9:54 PM

I had WMAL as the first pre-programmed radio button from 1977 until today.

Most people don't know what an institution WMAL was. When I was growing up, one of my very first memories was Harden and Weaver announcing that Santa Claus was picked up on radar heading towards Washington.

Ken Beatrice

Felix Grant

Tom Gauger

Bill Mayhugh

Ed Walker

Willard Scott

Captain Dan

Brooke Stevens

Andy Parks

Trumbull and Core

Redskins radio

Maryland football with Johnny Holiday

Chris was the only remaining legacy, and now he's gone.

What a concentration of talent! Fired one after the other until WMAL is just a shell playing infomercials and syndicated programs. Truly the end of an era.

And what low-class thing to do: informing a guy after his last show so that he can't say goodbye...

Joe L.
jjllmca@yahoo.com

Posted by: Joey | February 29, 2008 10:10 PM

We'll miss Smooth Jazz.
It was a part of our life. We always looked forward to listening to this station. We don't understand the need for another Oldies Station??? A rude change !
We will not be listen to the newww 105.9.
It might be back but send it back!

Posted by: christy and rick | February 29, 2008 10:12 PM

Mr. Core bashes priests, celibacy, and the Catholic Church. Many of his opinions conflict with social justice teaching, especially his statements that dehumanize undocumented immigrants. Mr. Core says he is a relatively recent convert to Catholicism and often refers to his faith during his talk show.

Posted by: mother seton | February 29, 2008 10:47 PM

Who killed Smooth Jazz? That was one of the few stations in the area that didn't jar my nerves. What a dumb decision!!! BTW, Chris Core has a face made for radio.

Posted by: C-Dog | March 1, 2008 12:13 AM

I didn't listen to WMAL much during the day, unless the topic was on illegal immigration. WMAL didn't have any diversity on the air locally. With a large black population in the D.C. area, their talk shows are dominated by white males.

My favorite show on WMAL is COAST TO COAST AM WITH GEORGE NOORY. Mr. Noory show is very popular around the country. I will miss the jazz station 105.9. It was a very relaxing station to listen to at home or in the car. But I do enjoy hear music from the 60's and 70's. I love the Looking Glass, Mama's & Papa's, Motown, etc.

I am sure, Mr. Gore will not find a job, because he's a white male in society. The white male establishment will look out for him. Good luck Chris, you will be fine.

Posted by: Kappa1911 | March 1, 2008 1:58 AM

WMAL was not the voice of the District of Columbia. It was the voice for redneck right wingers in Virginia and Maryland. Residents living in D.C. were never felt welcome to call in at WMAL. If the discussion was about local Washington, most of the callers bashed D.C. residents or brought up Marion Barry. I am not a Marion Barry fan, but it's time to let all the racist jokes about him go. No one is still talking about former Bill Clinton having sex with a young woman in her twenties in the White House.

I am glad Chris Core is gone! I couldn't stand the man

Posted by: D.C. Resident | March 1, 2008 2:05 AM

WMAL was not the voice of the District of Columbia. It was the voice for redneck right wingers in Virginia and Maryland. Residents living in D.C. were never felt welcome to call in at WMAL. If the discussion was about local Washington, most of the callers bashed D.C. residents or brought up Marion Barry. I am not a Marion Barry fan, but it's time to let all the racist jokes about him go. No one is still talking about former Bill Clinton having sex with a young woman in her twenties in the White House.

I am glad Chris Core is gone! I couldn't stand the man

Posted by: D.C. Resident | March 1, 2008 2:05 AM

WMAL was not the voice of the District of Columbia. It was the voice for redneck right wingers in Virginia and Maryland. Residents living in D.C. were never felt welcome to call in at WMAL. If the discussion was about local Washington, most of the callers bashed D.C. residents or brought up Marion Barry. I am not a Marion Barry fan, but it's time to let all the racist jokes about him go. No one is still talking about former Bill Clinton having sex with a young woman in her twenties in the White House.

I am glad Chris Core is gone! I couldn't stand the man

Posted by: D.C. Resident | March 1, 2008 2:05 AM

THE PROBLEM IS NOT CHRIS CORE!

I don't think much of the guy, but he's not the problem with radio. Here's the problem:

1) Too much corporate ownership
2) Too many commercials
3) Too many predictable shows "just like limbo, but put a local spin on it..."
4) Too many commecials
5) Too much FCC censorship

Chris Core? I don't think much of him one way or another, but radio is getting killed, and they do *more* of the stuff that's killing them.

At this point, the whole industry is about dead. No use even talking about it.

Posted by: Ombudsman | March 1, 2008 6:51 AM

OK, I never listened to AM, but I would like to say to all the DJs on WJZW that you will be missed...the smooth jazz brunch on Sundays was part of my routine for a perfect sunday....I will miss all of you, and thanks for being a part of my life.

Posted by: greytdanes | March 1, 2008 9:05 AM

You folks harassing this guy really show us normal folk the dark side of things.
Chris Core is a good radio guy not what you left wingers ha ha think. I can call you names too I just don't enjoy it so much.
Thanks to Chris Core who loves hispanic culture to the point of learning the language. Never said a disparaging word about Immagration. Only illegal immagration.
Hope all goes well for him.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 1, 2008 9:41 AM

I hope that Chris Core will know how much he has helped Washington throughout the years.

I know from his on-air conversations with me, and his caring email replies to some impassioned pleas, that he has earned a place of dignity and respect that is singularly unique in Washington, and rare even in all humanity.

Anyone who listened to Chris knows the balance and faithful patience with which he controlled his microphone, and the standard he has always set will remain the gold-standard of decency and intellect in broadcasting.

The Core talent to entertain but never at the expense of character, will continue to inspire me all the rest of my days.

The Nationals and DC will be lucky if we can have him.

Salute!

Posted by: John from North Potomac | March 1, 2008 10:33 AM

I'm heartbroken. Goodbye, Chris.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 1, 2008 10:37 AM

I've been a devoted listener of Smooth Jazz 105.9 since 2002. I note that new owner Citadel moved the smooth jazz format to HD, and that both the new oldies format and the HS smooth jazz programming are automated.

This means that there will smooth jazz if you have an HD radio, but it won't replace the pleasure of listening to Al Santos or Ramsey Lewis. It was the people that made the difference in the listening experience. Now, it's no different than a customer service line where you can never get a live employee to help you.

Like so many others in this area, I'll miss Smooth Jazz 105.9, and I never did win that darn contest!

Posted by: Techsan68 | March 1, 2008 11:10 AM

Not only was Core let go without being allowed to say goodbye to his listeners, the WMAL web site has no mention of him... anywhere. Do a search on "Core"; nada. After 33 years, it's as if he never existed on their station.

Posted by: ALD1 | March 1, 2008 11:18 AM

I remember the best: Harden & Weaver...

Posted by: Les | March 1, 2008 11:20 AM

AM radio listenership is actually doing quite well in many markets. One can point to a delining audience, but there are still 800 million radios out there and 93% of the population use them weekly. AM stations are still among the top billers in almost any given major market. Stations that serve their local area do quite well. There still are WGN"s and WBBM's that bill quite well. My small station in Iowa does pretty well. The problem is that the major groups play the game of manipulating the stock values at the expense of the communities they were supposed to serve. If Citadel could not afford to take on ABC Radio, perhaps the shareholders should be calling for the heads of the people who put it together, instead of the people who built and gave the stations value, when the deal was being done.

Posted by: Steve Soboroff, owner KCJJ-AM in Iowa City, Iowa | March 1, 2008 11:39 AM

Thank God I stil have WTOP. Now there's no reason at all to go to the AM radio band.

Posted by: Jason | March 1, 2008 11:40 AM

In view of Friday's events, watch Bill Trumbull, partner of Chris Core on WMAL for two decades, talk about the good ol' days at Radio 63, (as well as his entire broadcast career... including a disastrous trial-by-fire experience as TV sports announcer). It is a VERY entertaining half hour.

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v1221877SDPjREfr

If the link does not work, surf to VEOH.com, then search for the keywords "eddielee". Then, look for the Bill Trumbull interview.

Posted by: Local Radio Legends | March 1, 2008 11:45 AM

Long time listner to WMAL, No longer after letting chris go. Good time on radio are disappering. Go for it chris. David

Posted by: dbachhu308@aol.com | March 1, 2008 1:32 PM

A thousand thank you's Chris for getting us through the tragedy of 9-11, taking us to Fisher House where our soliders can heal, and sharing so much of yourself and your family. God Bless You and I pray that many wonderful doors will be open to you and your beautiful family.

No longer will I continue to be a WMAL listener because you have removed the best part of it - Chris Core.

Posted by: penny | March 1, 2008 2:55 PM

We bid WMAL adieu---They have completed their transformation to right-wing conservativism with the firing of Chris Core. He did offer a modicum of sensibility to MAL's brutal assault on anything touching on moderation of subjects. Oh, for the simplistic days of Harden & Weaver, John Lyon, Bill Trumbull, Johnnie Holladay----even Jimmy Gibbons. Thanks Chris.

Posted by: Frank | March 1, 2008 3:19 PM

This is a sad day for WMAL, for Washington, DC, and for me personally.

Chris Core's show was the only one on WMAL worth listening to. Rush by his own definition is an entertainer, but not a great one; Sean is a pathetic copycat of Rush; and Mark Levin reminds me of Hitler.

Chris Core always provided a reasonable point of view and he did something the others don't do: he allowed an opposing point of view to be heard and he always treated that person with respect.

WMAL is the loser here.

Mike O'Donnell

Posted by: Mike O'Donnell | March 1, 2008 3:40 PM

When I came across section C in the Washington Post just a short while ago, it felt as if someone punched me in the gut. I feel sick, heartbroken.

Chris was, no scratch that, still IS, a Washington icon. He did more to heal race relations in DC than any other talk show host. HIS ratings were on top of the chart for 3 decades - and the weasel WMAL management has the audacity to say "Don't let the door hit you in the @ss on the way out"? What a sucky way to treat your star player after 34 years!

Chris was probably the most expensive personality at WMAL due to his longevity, skill, and for attracting the advertisers - his salary likely making him the biggest target when the downsizing order came down from Citadel.

I am sure that many advertisers selected WMAL because of Chris and his magnetic personality + top radio ratings to this day (well up until 2/29 - a day which will live in infamy). Expect the advertisers to leave in droves. WMAL has been shrinking for years and I predict will completely shrivel up in the next year.

The managers at the station should be ashamed of themselves for their failure to stand up to the IDIOTS at Citadel. Who has the names, phone numbers and emails so that I can personally complain to Citadel?

However, ironic justice will triumph and these gutless managers at WMAL will soon be out of a job too. Somebody take down their names - and lets make sure they are never employed in DC again.

But Chris Core will be snatched up in a second, after he sifts through the hundreds of job offers coming his way. Chris will come out ahead. He is one class act. Chris, God speed!!!

Posted by: Rick | March 1, 2008 3:42 PM

Driving home from work one day, you said that you would no longer be on radio in the evening and that there was talk of you going on in the early morning. I stopped at the station to talk with you (yes, I got past security), and you came out and were the best! I told you that I only felt that sad when Congressman Gilbert Gude retired. He, too, was a man of intergrity as you are, Chris. Best to you.

Posted by: Donna | March 1, 2008 3:45 PM

I found him to be one of the interesting, timely, kind, courteous, witty, smart talk shows hosts that exist today.

He was always up on timely things, while at the same time, was quite courteous to his audience. I will surely miss listening to him, which I did each day for at least 1 of his 3 hours on the air.
harvey

Posted by: Anonymous | March 1, 2008 3:51 PM

Citadel (symbol) stock has dropped from $10/share to $1/sh in the past year. THEY ARE IDIOTS!!! God's blessings on you Chris Core.

Posted by: rick | March 1, 2008 4:06 PM

My first car was a 1965 Malibu - no fm, only am. The radio stayed *locked* on WMAL except for Monday nights from 10 to 11 (organ music on the old WGMS a.m.) I could always tell if I was on time to catch the Metro and get to work on time if I was headed into Silver Spring when Jackson Weaver would bellow "Forward.... March!" at 7:28 a.m. Mid-days with Tom Gauger, "two-for-the-road" from 3p.m. got me to Technical School, and then listening to the ever-so-genteel Felix Grant and "the Album Sound" in the evenings. What an incredible station it *WAS*. What a piece of junk it now *IS*. In retrospect, I knew something was very-very-bad when I came back into the area, and tried to listen to the "News at Noon", and instead, was treated to... well, let's not go there.

And the fact that Citadel/WMAL has dumped its long-time news director also makes it perfectly clear that the concept is pretty much like CC: all syndicated an/or hosts from a studio out in somewhere with local breakaways for screaming commercials. To them, I say "Big Deal". I have my CD changer, and when I'm in traffic I'll check-in with WTOP.

Posted by: Opie56 | March 1, 2008 4:57 PM

Smooth Jazz 105.9 will be missed greatly! And the WJZW personalities will also be missed. Who needs more formulaic precanned oldies? Good God, how many reincarnations will we have to live through before radio finally dies?

Posted by: Oldies Schmoldies | March 1, 2008 6:19 PM

I remember when the great Ken Beatrice was fired from WMAL. The next day Chris Core went on the air, and said while he was sorry to see Ken go, he was really proud that WMAL picked up Bruce Williams, which was a dull, second-rate business talk show. It's one thing not to badmouth management, but it's another to pretend like their crass decisions are good one. Karma, my friend. Karma.

Posted by: elmo | March 1, 2008 10:58 PM

Now there is no smooth jazz radio in the nation's capitol. How sad is that. No doubt corporate radio has no clue what people want to listen to. I hope that automated oldies station fails quickly.

Posted by: Mr. Charlie Scot | March 1, 2008 10:59 PM

Chris Core was the only reason to listen to WMAL. He talked about issues that were related to his listeners. And he listened! I may not always agree with Chris, but I learned a lot by the end of his program each day. I heard both sides and was able to form my own opinions. The Washington area will sorely miss the voice of Chris Core. And WMAL will miss the many listeners who will be going elsewhere. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can compare with the care and concern that came from the Chris Core show. My morning commute will be much worse from now on. Good Bye WMAL. Good Luck Chris Core!

Posted by: Judy | March 1, 2008 11:01 PM

Used to love Chris Core when he was teamed up with Bill Trumbull.

Tuned him out when I heard him on his own show criticizing the use of some written materials about the death of Matthew Shepherd in local educational institutions. Having NOT EVEN READ OR REVIEWED THE MATERIAL, Mr. Core offered his opinion about the impropriety of the program.

What a moron.

Good riddance. Move to Lynchburg or some other God forsaken place.

Posted by: Paul Smith | March 1, 2008 11:07 PM

Firing Chris Core without so much as a chance to say "farewell" to his audience was cowardly. Then again, they did much the same thing to Michael Graham. Good luck, Mr. Core. We didn't always agree, but you are one of the few hosts that actually listened to his callers.

For the rest of you, it's funny how you call it right-wing "hate" radio, but you Washington Post Democrat readers are the ones calling all of the names here. And many of you never even heard Mr. Core's show...

Posted by: W.P. Wily | March 2, 2008 12:40 AM

What a terrible decision, and cruel in its delivery! Chris Core is the best talkshow host around the country - intelligent, polite & gentlemanly on the radio, and terrific about selecting the most intriguing topics each day for his show. Surely WMAL could have brought Chris into the station's budget discussions to consider show alternatives, such as reducing his hours to every other day, or something else, whatever, to satisfy Citadel.

I can't believe Chris was fired NOW, in the most interesting election year, which he loves to study, as do we, his listeners - goodness knows he has a huge number of callers & repeat callers daily. Well, goodbye.

Laura Ingraham is on 9-12 on 570 am and Dennis Miller 3 - 6pm on 570am. Neal Boortz is also broadcast too. Goodbye WMAL after 27 years of it being my home, the station's decision about Chris was incredibly horrible.

Cory/ Silver Spring

Posted by: Cory | March 2, 2008 1:17 AM

Tripp, if it's Ed Walker you're remembering, he's still doing 30's and 40's radio Sunday evenings on WAMU. Yes, I know, that's (gasp!) public radio--but that means no commercials, and you can listen for free on-line. http://wamu.org/programs/bb/

I didn't agree with him all too often, but Chris Core was the only right-leaning talk show host I could bear to listen to. He was nearly always polite to his callers and actually showed a willingness to be persuaded if a caller could make a good case. While my work made it impossible to call in, I have from time to time sent him emails and he always sent a personal reply-- often saying something like, "You make a good point. I hadn't thought of it that way."

Firing him with no notice was a totally classless way for his storied career at WMAL to end. I wonder whether the morning hosts will even be allowed to talk about it tomorrow?

Posted by: Melanie | March 2, 2008 6:51 AM

I think the station did the right thing, and I hope that they put Chris Plante in his time slot. Over the past year, Core has gone from bad to worse, and his recent talk about Hillary and menopause and how fat the senator looked in a pant suit was the last straw.

Washington doesn't need a talk show host that is as out of touch with its audiance as Core was.

Glad he's gone.

Posted by: Citizen Payne | March 2, 2008 8:48 AM

The last time I listened to WMAL was during the Blizzard of 1993. As for Core - good luck. I remember listening to you in my mom's car on the way home from school in the 1980's.

Posted by: Greg | March 2, 2008 9:43 AM

Don't kid yourself folks, Chris was fired because of what he said about border control. He went on a rant about how the President and politicians like McCain were lying about wanting to control the borders. Go back and listen to that Thursday morning show. He used the words "liars" when referring to the President/McCain and said they were lying to the American people. I listen to his show every day. The moment he said this, I turned to my wife and said he's going to get in trouble for saying this on a conservative radio station like WMAL. The next day...he's fired...without even being given a chance to say goodbye. It was no coincidence. Like Michael Graham, Chris was fired for what he said on his show. In this election year, they didn't want Chris ranting for 9 more months about lying politicians especially conservative Republicans.

Anyone who listens to WMAL knows Chris Core's show was unique, interesting and thought provoking. Why fire Chris Core??? If Citidel needed to cut back, fire Andy and Grandy in the morning. Their show is boring, silly and stupid. Fire them...not Chris Core!!! After 6 hours of Rush and Sean, why continue the same onslaught of political talk with Mark Levin and Chris Plante? They are repetitive for the most part and offer no new info. Fire them...not Chris Core!!!

I feel so sorry for Chris, his family and for the family of Washington DC talk radio listeners who tuned into his show on a daily basis! I'd like to believe that in just a few weeks, I'll be turning on some other radio station and listening to Chris again. He's one class act and we will miss him greatly.

Posted by: Dave-in-Laurel | March 2, 2008 11:48 AM

Here's a letter I sent to Citadel Broadcasting:

"To whom it may concern:

Citadel Broadcasting has no class. If this is the way the management and/or owners wish to treat their hosts and employees, I'll not continue to subsidize such abusive actions by no longer listening to WMAL. You may have listener ratings, by my radios will not be giving any to you. I don't care what "issues" may or may not have existed with regard to rating, contract issues or whatever, but the fact is, by firing someone on a Friday after their show without even giving that individual to say their goodbyes to their audience, is so wrong, I can't even begin to articulate how wrong it is. That's not the way to treat employees, particularly ones such as Chris Core, who has been such a cornerstone of WMAL and the Washington DC metropolitan areas broadcasting community for so long. What you did is an incredible slap in the face to both Chris as well as his listeners.

I've grown up being a WMAL listener, a trait I seemed to have inherited from my mother and father, but no more. We have had the radio stuck on AM 630, it seems, for the better part of 34 years, but no more. I will no longer listen to WMAL. Never again. I will try to dissuade others from listening to WMAL as well.

To add to the injustice, I couldn't even find anything about Chris core on the website, as if you were determined to wipe out any acknowledgement that he had ever existed, or was a radio host and employee for so long. No explanation. Nothing. Way to go, Citadel Broadcasting and its managers-you folks are truly a class act.

There is only one way I would ever listen to WMAL again- if I could not listen to Chris Core again anywhere else on the radio dial but on WMAL. Somehow, I don't think that will be the case. So, my 34 year relationship with WMAL has ended. Goodbye.

Please feel free to send this message with my contact information to everyone within the organization who played a part in the firing of Chris Core."

Posted by: Brad | March 2, 2008 11:58 AM

In a world where radio/corporate behemoths must make themselves more competitive against satellite and iPods, they are doing quite the opposite: alienating core listeners and cramming boring formulas down our throats. No thanks, Citadel. You can take your True Oldies and watch your ratings and demographics flail away.

Posted by: Radio is dead | March 2, 2008 2:08 PM

Hardin, Weaver, Trumbell, Core, Beatrice (try the Curly fries): greatness. Yes it was classless. In those days, greatness kind of gravitated, fell together. Today, it takes someone like Mel Karmazin to put it together, but it's all in pursuit of the almighty dollar and they all try to imitate him and fail. What the hell, it sucks, get over it.

Al

Posted by: Al Doland | March 2, 2008 2:16 PM

In response to "Radio is dead," I agree, completely. I will articulate my feelings further: It is unfortunate that WMAL AM 630 was the *ONLY* AM station I listened to with any regularity, and only one of two radio stations, regardless of bandwidth, that I listened to with any regularity. My other choices beyond those two stations, is my CD collection. I guess my choices are unfortunately easier: it's either 90.1 FM/CSPAN Radio or CDs now!
Until such time as I have a Satellite Radio service, that is...

Posted by: Brad | March 2, 2008 2:21 PM

Chris...your fans know you are a class act and had our region's issues foremost in mind with your programming selections. That's why we listen to you...the national/international crap can be heard anywhere!

Best wishes for continued success & we hope it's here in our area.

As for Citadel Broadcasting...no class...and clueless on what listeners really want to hear. They screwed up bigtime with this move!

Posted by: Russ from Fairfax | March 2, 2008 3:40 PM

I was absolutely devestated to read this in the paper yesterday. I couldn't believe my eyes. Citadel Broadcasting is a discrace!

Chris, I looked forward to listening to you every weekday morning. I rarely missed a show. There's so much I'll miss - particularly your Wednesday morning chats with Michael Steele. May God continue to bless you and your family.

Posted by: Colleen | March 2, 2008 4:24 PM

Is it only in broadcasting that you work for many years -- only to be fired and told to leave the same day? Whatever became of the two weeks notice? An on-air farewell would have been a classy way to go.

Posted by: Steve | March 2, 2008 4:59 PM

Chris Core's firing by WMAL is a good indication that the station's days as a viable concern are numbered. As a long time listener of WMAL's since before Chris arrived in Washington, I have watched and listened as the station's management and corporate owner's have worked hard to flush their once vaulable franchise down the toilet of greed and stupidity. Chris will survive. He is one of the good guys.

Posted by: Tom | March 2, 2008 5:27 PM

Chris, I have listened to you since Trumble & Core days. I know a bigger and better door will be opened for you. You are the best.
To those who are writing such ugly and hateful things...go back and read those words. Are you proud of them? It is a sad day when you are glad somebody loses their job. Chris,I wish you the best.

Posted by: Catherine | March 2, 2008 9:04 PM

It was a good run...

My love of AM talk radio goes back to riding in the car with my Pops when I was a kid. I only wanted to hear Donnie Simpson or Candy Shannon or whatever was playing on FM radio at that time.

I hated AM talk at first, then it became tolerable, then I developed a real appreciation for it and tuned in on my own once I got older. It was a good education on different perspectives and provided insights on social, racial and political topics in a public forum.

My memories of Felix Grant, Trumbull & Core, Ken Beatrice, etc. also remind me of my Pop. I miss the old dude, so this kind of ends the era for me personally.

It's good that Core holds no bitterness; that perspective is sorely lacking in society nowadays.

Posted by: Grumpy | March 3, 2008 12:42 AM

I WAS SURPRISED AND SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT CHRIS CORE.
WHO CAN BELIEVE THE REASON THEY LET HIM GO. I DON'T....
I ENJOYED LISTENING TO HIM EACH MORNING, I THINK I WILL HAVE TO MOVE ON TO ANOTHER STATION.
GOD BLESS YOU CHRIS, YOU WILL BE MISSED

Posted by: ANNA | March 3, 2008 12:47 AM

Buy nothing advertized on WMAL! Chris Core was always polite to callers even when he disagreed. I only listened to WMAL from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM. I will not be listening any longer, except for Monday morning to hear what Grandy and Andy have to say about this. Then it's goodbye WMAL! The way he was fired! After his show on Friday, without notice? Good Luck, Chris, I'll be waiting to find out where you will have a program again. Kodi

Posted by: margot | March 3, 2008 12:54 AM

As a radiophile, I was shock to find that Chris Core was let go. I was born and raised in the DC suburbs listening to WMAL. I am about 40 yrs old and I remembered when my parents listened to Trumble and Core, Core and Stevens, Harden and Weaver.

I now live in Glen Burnie outside of Baltimore. Baltimore radio really sucks. I cannot get WMAL from my stereo because the reception is lousy in my apartment. Therefore, whenever I got a chance, I listened to Core on the internet. Sometimes I could pick up WMAL from my car when driving around Glen Burnie.

Core really had a way about him. He really knows how to talk to people regardless of their political leanings. I believe like a previous poster stated that he wasn't really let go because of budgetary cuts by the new ownership. I think it is the sign of the times that the political landscape is very toxic. Conservative talk radio is under a microscope and unfortunately Core was caught underneath all. I do believe that his strong view on illegal immigration has put a fork in his radio career at WMAL.

Folks, there is no such thing as freedom of speech. Talk radio is under attack and if Hilary or Obama wins the White House, mark my words, Hannity, Levin and Limbaugh will be off the air.

Something is very wrong if the radio station fires a 30 yr radio icon. It is not about $$$; it is about TPTB (Power that be)scared of being politcally incorrect.

Mr. Core, I hope you will be picked up by another radio station. I am sure that you will be soon. You can go to satellite radio.

I am now have to listen to Tom Marr. Core has more class than Tom Marr. At least Core treats all of his listeners with respect.

Godspeed, Mr. Core. You will be fine.

Posted by: radiophile | March 3, 2008 2:43 AM

Full disclosure: I'm a staunch Conservative Democrat and liberal on social issues. Chris Core was the only reason I listened to my AM dial and the WMAL, and from today I will be removing 630 WMAL from my presets. To all the supposed liberals out there who said "good riddance" you are as ignorant, narrow minded as the right wing "hate mongers" you are so fervently against. I can't stand Hannity, Lavin, Plante, and Rush because of the extreme right wing talking points they spew out each day, but I because a really big fan of Chris Core because of the way he conducted his program. He was always a class act. He always allowed all sides of any issue, and though I frequently disagree with him, he was a guy you could have an informed and civil DEBATE with and come to some common ground.

And for those of you who weren't aware, Chris had one of highest rated programs in the country, and he has the widest and most loyal listeners of any station in DC. He actually discussed issues relevant to our area, and you got the hear the opinions of the audience instead of the long partisan rants you hear from the guys after him.

He was a true supporter of local charities and organizations and a decent guy. He will be missed. Especially when they replace his with another lunatic in the mold of the other hosts. One thing I will say, that WMAL will loose more money now that they will save by removing him. I know Thompson Creek, and the "Deal of the Day" are gone from the station, and well as some of the other major sponsors. Oh well.

Chris, I wish you luck and I'll be listening again when you get back on the air.

Kevin

Posted by: Kevin in MD | March 3, 2008 5:59 AM

It is interesting to see that Chris was supposedly fired for budgetary reasons, there is no thank yous, appologies or even voicing of any regret to either Chris or his audience from WMAL or Citadel, and that the message on the WMAL site- while I guess by some measure it was "nice" of them to allow it- was written either by or from the position of Chris himself.

While Chris intones that we should not be angry for the choice to fire him or the economic "realities" of operating a radio station, I remain unconvinced right was done by him.

Posted by: Brad | March 3, 2008 9:18 AM

It is simply amazing how all of these people have turned someone's 'supposed' loss into their own agenda. Chris Core was a well balanced talk show host and stood on his values, especially where kids weer concerned. I didn't always agree with him, but for tyhe most important issues, Chris bold took a stance and made a call for action. Chris was behind the action for the people to stand up against the immigration bill, last year and I can't voice my appreciation enough for his rallying. Chris was one of only a couple who dared to go face to face with racism and wasn't afraid to be a white man, talking to a black man.
Have no doubt...where one door closes, a better door will open.
WMAL, Citadel will get theirs. what goes around comes around. Citadel sold their soul. How does it feel?
Go for it, Chris. Be a voice unbridaled as you were meant to be!!!

Posted by: Vicki | March 3, 2008 9:33 AM

While reading these MANY comments, I am even more befuddled as to Chris' being layed off?? Certainly, his large listening audience covers the spectrum from Conservative to Moderate to Liberal etc. What considerations went into this decision? Certainly not a concern for the listening audience. Who is Citadel? Are they an American Cooperation? Why are we hounding the Hispanics, who are harmless and contribute to our economy, while ignoring other foreign illegal immigrants who come from countrys with whom we are at war? Heaven Help the USA! I look forward to listening to you Chris on your new radio location. God Bless and Remember God writes straight with crooked lines. He must have something better planned for your future. J. Clark

Posted by: Judy Clark | March 3, 2008 9:49 AM

Turned on the radio this morning and heard the news. Chris Core is no longer on the air!!! Completely taken by surprise. Chris Core started my interest and involvement with our local news and politics. Didn't always agree with him but, I at least heard all sides of the story and made up my own mind. Loved his show. Don't know who I can listen to any more that is not so far sided that it is almost like being brainwashed. Very disappointed and feeling a bit lost. Was looking forward to going through this election year with him. I'll miss you Chris. God bless you.

Posted by: Nowhere2tunein | March 3, 2008 10:01 AM

I am a conservative and while I didn't always agree with Chris, I respected him. He did a fine job of being respectful of callers, even the ones that were not respectful of him. I just lost my job in January for no fault of my own...so I can relate and understand what Chris is feeling. Chris, I wish you luck and am sure you will find a job that is not only better but you will be appreciated more. Bless you and your family.

Posted by: Bob | March 3, 2008 11:57 AM

I was so disheartened to find out that 105.9FM has changed formats to Oldies. Actually, I feel almost like I'm going through WITHDRAWL from not being able to listen to the wonderful songs and hear the great on-air personalities (Ramsey Lewis, Al Santos (LOVE HIM!!!) Vaniece Johnson and Jay Lang. Has anyone heard if the Smooth Jazz team regroup and surface on another station in the DC area?

I would never have thought that this outstanding station would just vanish, POOF! just like that. This music and the Smooth Jazz on-air family were such an integral part of my days and especially my Sunday mornings... Like so many others have mentioned, it is one of the only stations that DOES NOT get on my last nerve with all of their nonsense, chatter, babbling and huge overdose of ads.

I am grateful for being exposed to such great artists and songs through their station... Over the years, I've learned so much about a music genre that I've come to love, but am sincerely dissapointed and feel like I'm in mourning over this absolutely ridiculous and absurd decision to take Smooth Jazz 105.9 off the air. Way to go Citadel... maybe you should look within your own management team and fire the bozo that made this decision...

Posted by: A sad Smooth Jazz Fan in Frederick, MD | March 3, 2008 12:24 PM

I was shocked to find out this morning that 105.9 FM is off the air. I miss listening to Al Santos while I'm at the office.

I did a search for the nearest smooth jazz station in the area. Baltimore is the closest (WSMJ-FM 104.3) and they are welcoming the DC listeners. It's good, but I will miss the 105.9 staff.

Posted by: Smooth Jazz fan in Alexandria, VA | March 3, 2008 12:48 PM

It has taken a long time to get rid of you, you little Bolshevik weasel. We worked with the Archdiocese of Washington to show them how you touted your membership in the Church and gave scandal to it by your commentary. The only reason you became a Roman Catholic was to pop in bed with a gullible Catholic girl. I feel sorry for your kid and your wife.
We also worked through our contacts, as we did to get rid of Charlie Warren, Bill Press and others. We made sure your name
would be on the list those who were cut.
I read your "farewell" piece and smiled. Even at the end you were a weasel. Pretending to be a good loser makes you a real loser.
Let me give you some advice.
I have witnessed some of your public performances and of course your "ON AIR" work.
You have zero talent in either. Over the years of being carried by Trumbull and others you started to believe your own press. Slowly you became totally overconfident with a really swelled head. Just as slowly you evolved into a real Bolshevik dictator. Cutting callers off and/or talking over them by riding the console controls> I especially liked the way you would pretend that the caller was still there and spilled your venom a capella.
Your nasty intolerance in urging people with the stupid phrase "talk to me", with a threatening tenor.
Last, but NOT least, Chris; you never hesitated to discuss matters you knew NOTHING about. You adjudicated complex constitutional issues in the most stupid way. I heard you tell a caller that he was wrong about a constitutional issue. I knew you were wrong, he knew you were wrong. Now you will have to admit that you were wrong too, without remembering the discussion.
Tell you why. The caller was an old friend of mine, Justice Scalia.
One more thing, your conceit may have another consequence. I hope your daughter will not acquire your stupid egalitarian attitude and bed down with some druggie bastard of any race. I hope you will keep her in a private school so she will be kept from immoral "spermsowers".
Good luck to you, Chris, you will need it. I would suggest you run for office as a Bolshevik; in Moscow.
I will bet you will not answer this e-mail with "bite me". I sent the one you sent me with those words to you corporate folks. That is a no-no in the world of adults, Chris. Kapish?
Saying GOOD RIDDANCE, Your good friend

George

Posted by: George Charles, Ph.D. | March 3, 2008 1:10 PM

It's so nice to see the Stalinist libs on this blog espousing their vile hatred and then try to project the results on the "right wing nuts".

Please, Libs...take you meds! Just think; if you do, you can get a real life of your own (with your own thoughts and ideas) and be a useful person to society. And not just be a butt puppet for Al Franken.

Posted by: Franken's Mind Numbed Robots | March 3, 2008 1:13 PM

Very unfortunate. I will miss the Smooth Jazz station. I guess they are pushing people to come out of pocket via SIRIUS/XM to hear what should be FREE RADIO.

Posted by: Silver Spring, MD | March 3, 2008 1:44 PM

Have been a WMAL listener for almost 20 years. Liked Chris better before he switiched to the "more emotioanl flavor of conservatism" but the same thing happened to Ron Smith at WBAL. Seems that the sceamers are "in". So, Citadel, you have left me with Grandy and Andy as the only reason to listen to your station. After all the syncicated screamers are available many places. How can a classless dismissal of of a unique and popular DC talent, thereby losing listners possibly help the bottom line of a "struggling" corporation?

Posted by: J.King | March 3, 2008 2:13 PM

During the 60s, the soft-spoken fellow who did the overnights at WMAL was Bill Mayhugh. Felix Grant played jazz, true jazz not smooth jazz. John Wilcox played good quality pop/jazz music in the afternoons, Jim Evans did the mid-morning and was a bit before his time doing quite a bit of talking and original songs playing guitar, Harden and Weaver, of course, did the mornings. It was radio geared to a wide range of listeners, no axes to grind, just the effort to entertain in a light way and have local information readily available. Trumbull teamed up with Ed Meyer for a while for some very grown-up, funny repartee.
The years with Core came later and were wonderfully funny. The radio business has always been chancey, but like so many other businesses, it has become to addicted to the bottom line the idea of pleasing the customer or offering a public service has disappeared. It's very sad.

Posted by: dlw | March 3, 2008 3:02 PM


Whether you agreed or disagreed with Mr. Core is another issue; if you disagreed with his views and/or didn't like his show, you weren't forced to listen to it. The radio has two buttons, one to turn to other stations and one to shut it off.

However, Mr. Core was on the station, mostly as an on-the-air personality, and it would have been gracious of the station, after that long a period, to notify Mr. Core in advance and allow him, and his audience, an opportunity to say goodbye.

WMAL, even with a change to "a new Chris" in the morning, comes across as a station of syndicated shows.

Even if you won't listen to him should he come back to local radio, he would be a valuable asset to airways, adding a sense of continuity in an age when, for most people, especially young, nothing beyond last week is important. Perhaps he'll be added to WWWT (the station where David Burd and Tony Kornheiser broadcast) or WFED; both could use a bump in ratings and Mr. Core would bring a sizeable audience to whatever station he works at. Best, however, would be his returning to afternoon or evening drivetime, when people can tune in at their leisure (and not, as it was most recently) during working hours.

Dungarees@gmail.com

Posted by: Anonymous | March 3, 2008 4:01 PM

Wow, if he had this much interest on the air he might still be there.

Posted by: Bill | March 3, 2008 4:25 PM

WHY WHY WHY!!!! With the addition of Ramsey Lewis 105.9 became a vice for radio listening at home and while driving. This is a major loss to DC and the metro area. I'm extremely disappointed. Nobody wants to hear oldies from the 60's and I'm 50! BRING BACK THE JAZZ!!!!!!

Posted by: Jazzsadagain! | March 3, 2008 5:03 PM

I have listened to Chris Core for 33 years. His radio style grew in substance, content, and grace. He did not ever talk over someone who he felt was at odds with his message. He was graceful, thoughtful, and kind. I understand when people don't agree with a given position, but the vitriol causes me much angst.

The listener graphs for the Chris Core show and for the Morning Show with Andy Parks, Fred Grandy, and Bryan Nehman indicate that these two shows are the best listened to shows on this particular dial, in this particular market. Firing one of the most often listened to radio personalities makes no business sense. Citadel must want to go out of business, at least in the Washington, DC metro area.

Posted by: Beth | March 3, 2008 8:40 PM

I have listened to Chris Core for 33 years. His radio style grew in substance, content, and grace. He did not ever talk over someone who he felt was at odds with his message. He was graceful, thoughtful, and kind. I understand when people don't agree with a given position, but the vitriol causes me much angst.

The listener graphs for the Chris Core show and for the Morning Show with Andy Parks, Fred Grandy, and Bryan Nehman indicate that these two shows are the best listened to shows on this particular dial, in this particular market. Firing one of the most often listened to radio personalities makes no business sense. Citadel must want to go out of business, at least in the Washington, DC metro area.

Posted by: Beth | March 3, 2008 8:56 PM

Chris, I will miss you. I was stunned when I turned wmal on, and you weren't on the station. Worse yet, I tuned it late, and there was no explanation at all! I never called in but I always enjoyed listening to you. One reason is b/c you sometimes spoke about your 13 yr old daughter. Well, I'm in my 50s, and I have a 14 yr old daughter. So, I could really relate to you when you talked about the school system and other things pertaining to teenagers. I will miss you; perhaps I can pick you up on another station.

Posted by: kathy parker | March 3, 2008 9:09 PM

When MAL dropped the Redskins, that was the beginning of the end. Yeah, that was a long time ago...you know...when the Redskins were competitive (RIP Mr. Cooke). The Skins were sooo hot, they had players' wives having shows and people listened.
As for Chris, DC has seen him go from the bachelor with the sports car to "dad". We all change and mature, Chris had it play out on radio over all those years.
I'm done with MAL.....low class losers.
Chris, thank you for all those years.

Posted by: Dave | March 3, 2008 9:49 PM

Mr Core was a successful talker because he had the essential characteristic to the business: No principles; flexible.
Since the Saudi attack much of the country, especially the radio talk show industry, has degenerated into fatuous, self-indulgent orgies of seething hatred of "durty foringers", and swooning and groveling before the false god of militarism.(among oher false gods.) Not surprising considering that not a damned one of these tough-talkers ever saw even what the inside of a pair of military trousers looked like. Mr Core was like the lot: draft - dodging in the '60s , then, when time has removed the threat of his government plucking him off the line and plopping him in the front lines in the latest misadventure, he suddenly turns """patriot""" -- (most abused word in use these days)

As a promoter of the neocons at the start of the latest misadventure, eventually it seems Core doubletalks around the subject.

Hire him. He's a natural for the business.

But please don't call him a talk show weasel.

Those critters are are only filling out their natural assigned roles.

What roles do talk-show critters fill?

Posted by: Hugh | March 3, 2008 10:40 PM

If you are out there Chris, thanks for 33 years. I can't remember a time when I didn't listen to Chris Core, a decent, thoughtful and fair-mided man. It is a real shame that he wasn't allowed to say goodbye to his listeners on the air.

Posted by: Kevin | March 4, 2008 12:44 AM

Sorry to see Chris Core fired. He was the only WMAL host I could listen to for more than a few moments. He actually took calls and didn't spend his time giving didactic monologues to his listeners.

I grew up when liberal Tom Braden debated conservative Pat Buchanan on old WRC. They had guests of all political stripes and took phone calls. How superior that format is to what goes on today with one-way indoctrination sessions. And I write this as a conservative but one that values the opinions of my liberal fellow Americans.

Posted by: D Leaberry | March 4, 2008 8:40 AM

cris is a registered dem. now he has been replaced with a far right wing guy. He was a moderate an that is what I liked about him.
I am a conservative and lean right on the issues Chris did not..

Posted by: gaz | March 4, 2008 9:46 AM

A Washingtonian since '79, WMAL was a preset on the radio. AM/FM was not an issue. Listening pleasure was by way of live personalities, humor and good music. The personalities set the stage then as they do now. That's why WMAL is no longer a preset. When MAL dropped the personalities, the Maryland Terp's football games, the deadskins, oops I mean the Redskins, it was sianara baby. Sindication has taken over....Citadel, you goofed then as you are now. People take second place to pittance. That is your downfall.

Posted by: Steve from NoVa | March 4, 2008 12:24 PM

During my period in Washington, 1976 - 1980 the Two For The Road / Trumbull and Core show on WMAL in the afternoon drive-time was classic. It was during the hey-day of WMAL and AM radio stations still even played music now and then. But, the Trumbull and Core Show was amazing, intellectual, funny, and informative. I missed it when I moved out of the DC area back in 1980 - way back when. I knew he was still on the radio, but AM talk radio has changed so much, I guess it was inevitable. End of an amazing era. I hope he gets to say goodbye, which the station's classless act didn't allow him to do.

Posted by: Jeff Thomas | March 4, 2008 3:12 PM

Before "El Rushbo" and Shawn Hannity,
listening to the radio was not the high
blood pressure experience that it is now.
People were more polite, more civil. I, too, long for the days of Haren & Weaver,
Trumbull & Core, Tom Gauger, etc. Now that Chris Core is gone from WMAL, there is no longer a reason to move my radio
dial from WTOP-FM.

Posted by: Mort Fineberg | March 4, 2008 9:58 PM

AS AN OLD HARDIN AND WEAVER FAN, WMAL HAS LOST A CLASS ACT

Posted by: A. REYNOLDS MD | March 5, 2008 9:24 AM

Michael Steel said it best this morning "CHRIS WILL BE MISSED." As a long time listener to WMAL, I hope your advertising department has other jobs lined up as their job security is now questionable. Chris had a personal relationship with many of those who ran advertisement during his time slot. Many time I felt Chris was speaking from the heart and not from script. When management closes their eyes and loses sight of quality, unfortunately the only causality is the listening public! I never met the man but I now am sorry that I did not take a moment of my time to meet him at one of his public appearances on the behalf of those who advertised on WMAL. Michael Patteson

Posted by: Michael Patteson | March 5, 2008 4:33 PM

I am outraged!!!!!!!! Letting Chris Core go was a monumental mistake. He was family and his show was all about local issues. I will now turn off WMAL entirely. Sorry Andy and Gandy, but you will be next anyway.
Good luck, Chris, I hope your next employer understands loyality and good business. I hope all your advertizers quit the station, too

Posted by: christy maltby | March 6, 2008 8:20 AM

Smooth Jazz fans who can get Baltimore stations should go to WFMJ FM104.3.

Those who like intelligent talk radio should try 88.5FM - WAMU. There is no more intelligent talk radio host than Diane Rehm - she comes on at 10A.M.

I feel bad for Chris Core, he is a decent likeable individual. I rarely agreed with his politics, and for that reason I found myself listening to him less and less, but he was far superior to any of the other right-wing ideologues that rant all day long on WMAL. (YES! I do read the Washington Post and I am a pretty liberal person - no apologies offered.)

WMAL will simply be removed from my pre-set stations.

There are plenty of other good options: WTOP - FM103.5 and WAMU - FM88.5 and FM 90.9 for occasional classical music - especially John Chester in the afternoons.

Good luck to Chris Core. I was fired after working for one company for almost 39 years and having worked my way up to an executive Vice President position. Called in on Friday at 4:30 and walked to the door. The 100-year-old company was out of business within a year. I've survived. So will Chris Core.

I hope this helps him see the light though and leads him to becoming a Democrat, we need a lot more of them.

Posted by: Jim McLaughlin | March 7, 2008 3:31 PM

I don't push the station buttons on my car radio, I push the band button, listening to WJZW, WMAL, and WTOP. So what do I do now with the smooth jazz programming and the venerable Chris Core gone from two of my favorite stations?? Selling Citadel Broadcasting short should help ease my sense of loss.

Posted by: Jack Vienna | March 9, 2008 10:04 PM

Many people in this Washington area have come to similar job endings, like Chris Core and you can count on it they are not going to think very highly of WMAL's decision.

Having over 25 years in management, I understand the need to trim and make adjustments. However when they are abrupt like the one Chris got, has been my experience that is due to poor young management. They will not be around very long also.

WMAL will not recover well from this. I think it is time for new management!!!

Posted by: Jack T | March 11, 2008 11:37 AM

Chris,
From a longtime but infrequent listener that never called but was always entertained and informed, I will miss your show. Here's hoping you can find another outlet. I tuned in today specifically to get your take on Spitzer, just knowing it would be a take that would be unique and interesting. Imagine my surprise. A really good show was taken off the air. Good luck Chris.

Posted by: Dave! | March 11, 2008 6:40 PM

I just discovered that the Chris Core is gone from WMAL! I live in Norfolk and frequently drive up to No.VA. I couldn't wait to get within range to tune in the Core show. I recently realized that I could tune in to the show via the internet. I loved his show as much as I love our own local WNIS radio host, Tony Macrini. Both of you provide your audiences with fair, intelligent discussions of the issues. Chris, please consider moving to this area to work. You'll love it here!

Posted by: Judith | March 12, 2008 1:16 PM

It's been all downhill for WMAL since Harden and Weaver Left.
This was a bush league move by Citidel. Shame on them. People like to listen to broadcasters they are comfortable with and trust. Dumb move.

Posted by: Marc | March 12, 2008 3:42 PM

DC area radio ranks as one of the most pitiful in the northeastern US. Go to Philly, Jersey, NY, etc and the radio there is 100x better than DC.

BTW, I will miss Chris. He was the best host that could be heard in DC by FAR. And to the guy who made the first comment here: thanks for proving just how rotted your pea-sized brain is.

Posted by: T | March 14, 2008 9:15 AM

"As the dark shades of extremism start to close around us,voices of cohesion,(National,in the case of the USA), and reason HAVE to be silienced." I did not always agree with Core,but he was trully understood what the word democracy represented in its purist of form.

Posted by: Blue Collar | March 15, 2008 8:02 AM

I've listened to Chris since the late 70's. Although I didn't always agree with him, I found him open minded and fair. His shows were interesting and informative. I hope he finds a new station soon.

Fred amuses me so I may tune in some mornings but WMAL will be turned off by 9 a.m. If Saturday morning programs are changed, there will be no reason to tune to 630.

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