I'd been hearing that Andre Trevigne, the longtime New Orleans broadcaster, hadn't survived as her station transformed its identity from "The New 99.5 FM" to "Rush Radio." And though I haven't been able to speak to Andre to confirm the tale, and station manager James Fisher hasn't returned a call, I think Trevigne's complete absence from WRNO's new website tells the story. Ain't no way to treat a lady, boys.
Andre Trevigne, also a weekday presence on WRNO since its news-talk sign-on, "will have a place" on the station's new lineup, [Clear Channel market manager Dick Lewis] said, without specifying where.
Could someone in the radio industry have been telling a fib? Inconceivable.
I'm not surprised that WRNO switched up its game; the station's ratings have been dismal, and using syndicated talk radio hosts with big names is cheaper and more efficient than paying local salaries. Of course, Big Macs are cheaper and more efficient than muffulettas, too. Doesn't mean I eat 'em.
Fun fact: In a majority-black city, the three major talk-radio outlets -- "Rush Radio," WWL-AM, and WIST-AM -- now have, out of their dozens of on-air personalities, only one black host: the award-winning news reporter Monica Pierre, who does the WWL-AM morning show.
What does that mean? I dunno. We report; you decide.
(Andre: If you read this, drop me a line; I'd like to talk to you.)