Steve Harvey’s radio show has suffered another blow in another market. A month after a Dallas radio station took “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” off the airwaves, a hip-hop station in Pensylvania is doing the same.
On Monday, Oct. 22, WAMO will no longer broadcast the comedian’s nationally syndicated radio program, The New Pittsburgh Courier reported Wednesday. Instead, the station will air New York-based “The Breakfast Club” in the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. slot.
“It’s our goal at WAMO to keep things fresh, new, and bring excitement to the City of Pittsburgh,” WAMO Operations Manager Louis Wingfield explained to the newspaper. “‘The Breakfast Club’ is the number one hip-hop radio show in the country. It would only be right if we add this … to give Pittsburgh something to be excited about. Aside from the controversy, they bring so much light to what’s going on in our culture.”
This isn’t the first time Harvey’s morning show has been pulled from the Pennsylvania station. The program was first included on WAMO’s 106.7 FM in September 2006 and was nixed when the station shuttered in 2009. When WAMO’s 660 AM and 100.1 FM launched in 2011, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” was still not in the lineup. Instead, “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” was plugged in.
But eventually Harvey’s program was welcomed back into the mix. And even though music fitting an Urban Adult audience played while his show was on the air, the majority of WAMO’s music is hip-hop.
Friday, Oct. 19, is the final day Pennsylvania listeners will be able to hear Harvey’s banter with co-hosts Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy and J. Anthony Brown locally. Even still, Wingfield maintains Harvey is not to blame for the station cutting ties.
“Steve Harvey was not canceled because they did anything wrong at all,” he told the Courier. “We have truly enjoyed our partnership with Steve Harvey. It’s just a matter of changing things up. We don’t like to stay the same and keep doing things exactly the same. We are confident that the City of Pittsburgh will truly enjoy ‘The Breakfast Club.’”
It’s the second month in a row that “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” has suffered such a blow. In September, Dallas-Fort Worth radio station KRNB pulled the plug on the program in favor of a new one from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum Claudia Jordan.
And next fall Harvey’s daytime talk show, “Steve,” is also getting yanked from several NBC stations in favor of “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”