BREAKING NEWS: Akron’s WHLO Drops Laura Ingraham

An alert OMW reader called this to our attention, and we’ve confirmed it: TRN’s Laura Ingraham has been dropped by Clear Channel talk WHLO/640 Akron.

She’s been replaced in the 9-11 PM slot by another TRN host, Rusty Humphries.

OMW hears that one reason for the Ingraham departure on WHLO is timing.

Originally brought aboard in her live mid-morning time slot (then 10 AM to noon on 640), Ingraham was moved to nights on WHLO after the station grabbed Premiere’s Glenn Beck, when sister talk WTAM/1100 Cleveland dumped him.

We hear that a 12-plus hour tape delay for Ingraham’s show just wasn’t working in the eyes of the folks at Freedom Avenue, as news events can certainly change between 9 AM and 9 PM.

Ingraham continues to air live from 9 AM-noon on Salem talk WHK/1420 Cleveland.

Some folks are wondering if WHLO’s move would clear the way for NextMedia’s WHBC/1480 to carry Ingraham in their 10-noon slot, with talk on the horizon very soon at the Canton oldies outlet. We haven’t heard any word about that, at least so far…

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