SAN FRANCISCO — Several local radio stations may need to look for new programming, after the widely-syndicated Dr. Dean Edell announced yesterday that he’s retiring from his medical advice show at the end of the year. The show has local affiliates in Syracuse, Utica-Rome and Ithaca/Cortland, among others.
According to this morning’s edition of Tom Taylor on Radio-Info, the doctor announced he’s “throwing in the towel” at the end of the year. Taylor explains Edell’s flagship station, KGO in San Francisco, recently shelved the doctor’s one-hour weekday timeslot in order to make room for a “noon news block,” starting this coming Monday.
Although Edell’s weekday schedule for syndicator Premiere Radio Networks will not change, he’ll be “demoted” to weekends in his own hometown, with a few hours on Saturday afternoons and two hours early on Sunday mornings.
Although Edell’s show airs live weekdays from 4-5pm Eastern, many affiliates save up those hours and air them in longer clusters on the weekend. Locally, WSYR/Syracuse airs Dr. Edell on Saturdays 6-8pm and Sundays 6-9pm; WIBX/Utica on Sundays 1-4pm (when sports isn’t airing) and WHCU/Ithaca on Saturdays 3-7pm.
On the fringe of CNYRadio.com territory, Auburn’s WAUB — one of the Geneva-based “Finger Lakes Talk Radio” stations — carries Dr. Edell live every weekday.
According to a story on Radio-Info.com, Edell has announced that Premiere intends to keep the show going, and the Clear Channel-owned syndicator is searching for a replacement host. Time will tell who that new host is, and whether local affiliates will stay with the new show or find something else.