The Regular Guys

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The Regular Guys
Other names TRG
Genre Talk Radio
Running time 210 min.
Country United States
Language(s) English
Home station WNNX
Syndicates WROK
Starring Larry Wachs
Steve Rickman
Tim Andrews
Creator(s) Larry Wachs
Eric Von Haessler
Exec. producer(s) Tim Andrews
Recording studio Atlanta, Georgia
Air dates since 1995-1997 (Los Angeles)
1998-2004
2005-2006
2008-present (Atlanta)
Audio format Stereo
Opening theme "Wake Up to the Regular Guys"
Ending theme "Wake Up to the Regular Guys"
Website http://www.regularguys.com/
Podcast Yes

The Regular Guys is a show featuring Larry Wachs, "Southside" Steve Rickman and "Action Plan" Tim Andrews. The show's primary demographic target is men aged 25 to 49.

Show history[edit]

Origins[edit]

Wachs and former co-host Eric Von Haessler met in the late 1980s while doing radio in various capacities in New York. They later sent demos of what work they did together to various markets, ultimately landing interest in Los Angeles. The show originated in its current form in 1995 on the Los Angeles station KLSX 97.1 FM. However, Wachs and Von Haessler were later fired from KLSX in 1997 after a hilarious on-air meltdown over station management interference with the show, to which the station's management thought differently.[1]

Move to Atlanta and the Clear Channel years[edit]

In 1998, Wachs and Von Haessler resumed the show on Clear Channel owned Atlanta station WKLS, which was branded as 96 Rock at the time until just after their second firing in 2006. The new incarnation of the show was voted "Most Likely to Be Fined by the FCC" in a Creative Loafing Atlanta survey. However, Wachs and Von Haessler have never been fined by the FCC, in spite of their two firings from Clear Channel.

Wachs and Von Haessler were first fired from WKLS on April 9, 2004 at the height of their Arbitron ratings success when a graphic interview with pornographic film actress Devinn Lane was accidentally aired over a Honda commercial. That interview was intended to be played backwards, dodging FCC censorship, in a bit called "backwards smut" when the show returned from that commercial break. The intent was to mock the Federal Communications Commission indecency crackdown at the time which stemmed from the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy.[2] Their sidekick "Southside" Steve Rickman was retained by Clear Channel as he had a different contract.

Wachs and Von Haessler were rehired by Clear Channel in early 2005. They returned to the air on March 21, 2005 on sister station WGST 640 AM. The news radio format did not fit their narrative style, and so they returned to 96 Rock in May, sans Rickman who was doing the afternoon drive time slot with Tim "Rhodsie" Rhodes who previously did the mid-day shift on 96 Rock. On September 25, 2006, Rickman began making guest appearances on the show on a nearly daily basis.

On October 23, 2006, Wachs and Von Haessler were dismissed from Clear Channel for the second time due to a lawsuit by then Viva 105.7 morning DJs Yogi and Panda. Von Haessler's Mad Pundit Radio program which was broadcast Saturday afternoons on WGST, was also dropped. The suit claimed that Wachs recorded Yogi and Panda without their knowledge while having a discussion in separate bathroom stalls. That recording was part of a bit that was played on the show which Wachs said was approved by station management.[3]

In March 2007, the criminal case against Wachs was dismissed by the Fulton County, Georgia district attorney for having no merit. Consequently, Clear Channel agreed to settle Wachs' breach of contract claims against them in an agreement under which terms were not disclosed.[4]


The present[edit]

The show returned to Atlanta airwaves on January 28, 2008, on a new rock station Rock 100.5 which is not owned by Clear Channel, but by Cumulus Media.

In April 2009, it was announced that the show would be also simulcast on KDBN FM 93.3, a Cumulus station in the Dallas/Fort Worth market.[5] The show was later dropped from the Dallas/Fort Worth station in September 2009 due to a format change. In October 2009, the show was once again simulcast to a second market. This time to Rock 105.5 in Macon, GA. Rock 105.5 is also owned by Cumulus. In January 2011, the show was given a 3-year contract extension keeping the show on the Atlanta airwaves through 2014.[6]

Eric Von Haessler was fired from the show on September 30, 2013. Co-host Larry Wachs posted on Twitter saying that he made it clear to fans that this was management's decision and not his. [7]

When the show returned to the air from the 2013 holiday break on January 6, 2014, the show’s morning time-slot and run-time had shifted slightly. The show contains more celebrity interviews and less bits involving Southside Steve. Past entertaining bits from TRG 3.0, including Homeless Karaoke and Shoot Steve, have been dropped in favor of celebrity news. Regular Guys 4.0 also has a more positive tone to appeal to a female demographic. The show now airs live from 5:30 AM to 9 AM. Before this, the show had always aired from 6 AM to 10 AM.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Larry Wachs: The Return of a Regular Guy". Thepost-news.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  2. ^ "Radio Duo Canned For 'Indecency'". CBS News. 2004-04-09. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  3. ^ "'Regular Guys' Fired, Again". Wsbtv.com. 2006-10-24. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Larry Wachs: The Return of a Regular Guy | The Post Online". Thepost-news.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Dallas' "Bone" KDBN, to get more "Regular" in mornings". Radio-Info.com. April 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ Rodney Ho (2011-01-19). "‘Regular Guys’ Larry Wachs & Eric Von Haessler signed for three more years". Blogs.ajc.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  7. ^ http://www.accessatlanta.com/weblogs/radio-tv-talk/2013/sep/30/eric-von-haessler-no-longer-regular-guys-rock-1005/

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