Mancow's Morning Madhouse
|Running time||3 hours
5:00-8:00 AM CT
|Home station||As of September 2011, WCKG 1530 AM (formerly WJJG): Previous to July 2006, WKQX-FM 101.1 (Q101)|
|Air dates||since 1994|
|No. of episodes||Unknown|
|Ending theme||Instrumental version of "You Really Got Me"|
Mancow’s Morning Madhouse (also called The Mancow Radio Experience) is an American radio show hosted by Erich “Mancow” Muller. The show is broadcast to a number of markets of mainly FM radio stations throughout the United States.
From the mid-1990s until mid-2000s, it was one of the top morning shows in the Chicago media market, and earned airtime in various cities across America. The live broadcast of the show was briefly halted on July 11, 2006 when Q101 discontinued the airing of the show. Mancow's Morning Madhouse resumed live broadcasting on July 18, 2006 nationally via Talk Radio Network and can currently be heard on over 8 of its network affiliates.
Mancow first started his show in Chicago, Illinois in 1994, shortly after his departure from California. Originally, the show was a regular program on WRCX-FM (Rock 103.5) located in the John Hancock Center. In 1998, he left WRCX-FM for WKQX-FM (Q101) (101.1), an alternative rock radio station.
Mancow’s career with Q101 was cut short on July 11, 2006, when the station’s management decided to discontinue airing the show as of July 14. In order to fill the gap left behind by the show’s absence, Q101 filled the void with the station’s “On Shuffle” music programming and later a new show titled "The Morning Fix".
On July 13, Mancow appeared on Fox News Chicago, and lashed out at Q101’s current management after receiving word that his show would be cancelled. Before the interview ended, Mancow promised he would not only return to the Chicago radio scene, but also bring forth a radical change, either within the next six or twelve months.
In December 2010, Mancow signed a five-year joint deal with Talk Radio Network and Dial Global. The new deal calls for a revamped version of the show focusing less on political talk and more on entertainment and pop culture.
Mancow's Morning Madhouse ran afoul with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) indecency regulations in at least six separate incidents during 2000 and 2001. As a result, the FCC levied $42,000 in fines on Emmis Communications, the licensee of Mancow's then-home station WKQX-FM. In 2004, Emmis Communications signed a consent decree with the FCC sharply restricting indecent content and requiring the payment of $300,000 to the US government.
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