Kaufman Staying Put As WFTL Shuffles Schedule

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Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach’s News/Talk 850 WFTL has launched a new programming lineup. It is: The Brian Kilmeade Show (10 a.m. to 12 noon), The Dana Loecsh Show (1 to 3 p.m.), The Ben Shapiro Show (3 to 6 p.m.), and The Dave Ramsey Show (7 to 10 p.m.).  Joyce Kaufman’s new time slot will be 12 to 1 p.m., along with Joyce’s Thought of the Day which will air in AM and PM drive respectively. The South Florida Morning Show with Jennifer Ross and Bill Adams will remain in its current time slot of 5:30 to 10 a.m.

“I am definitely not being pushed out. In fact, I wanted to retire, and the station management said ‘you can’t leave completely.’ So I am very grateful that they have been so gracious and accommodating,” Joyce Kaufman said in a statement.

“Joyce Kaufman has been an important piece to 850 WFTL for nearly 30 years,” said Hubbard Radio SVP/Market Manager Elizabeth Hamma. “We are happy she remains part of our very exciting new lineup.”

Program Director Paul Mason said, “We are thrilled Joyce is staying, and are very excited about the new programming lineup on 850 WFTL.”

17 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve been an AM talk show junkie since the 80’s. Never listen to FM. You had a good lineup for a while, but aside from your morning talk show with Jenn and Bill, your programming is weak. You got rid of the Savage Nation, got rid of Rich Stevens (although he was ill) and got rid of Barsky. You reprogrammed with some very lame shows. Your advertising is down too. Why don’t you bring back more local talent? The Brian Mudd show on 610 is a good example of what 850 needs to bring back a good listener base.

  2. Cannot stand Dana Loesch or Ben Shapiro either, for that matter. Their on air personalities are downright annoying and shrill – not likeable. How sad I am to see Joyce Kaufman cut back and especially so by the complete departure of my all-time favorite radio personality, Barsky. His show was funny, informative, and he was thoroughly entertaining.

  3. LONG TIME FAN OF 850.
    BUT SORRY TO SAY GUYS, YOU REALLY SCREWED UP—BIG TIME.
    ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU 86’ed BARSKY.
    PLEASE TALK TO THAT RAMBLING CHIP-MONK AND HAVE HIM SLOW DOWN.
    HE MAKES MY EARS BLEED. :(:(
    ALSO—PLEASE GET JOYCE TO TAKE ON MORE TIME.
    SHE IS A 24K CLASS ACT.
    BOB

  4. My favorite show was Barsky, from 3-6PM. It was funny and not political. What a shame. What’s wrong w/you people. If you want to obliterate Radio, keep doing what you are doing.

  5. I agree with the other posters. Ben Shapiro is a very intelligent man, but I simply cannot listen to him for 2 or 3 hours ! He speaks at “Warp Speed”, and it is NOT relaxing to listen to him on the drive home ! Barsky acted like an idiot at times, but he was entertaining ! I LOVE Joyce, and I am so glad that she is not leaving entirely.
    I wish that the powers to be, were not so quick to make changes, before they actually CHECK with the listeners !

  6. You get rid of Dr. Michael Savage, replace him with Barksy… and actually gave me a reason to listen to the station every day. Now he is gone. What were you guys thinking???? Was it that the station was unable to afford a replacement for Cody? The replacement (voice sounds like one of the chipmunks on speed but I can’t decide whether it’s Alvin, Simon or Theodore) certainly matches the radio’s programming guidelines – an all-day paid political infomercial for the Republican party. If you really have to spew Republican propaganda all day, at least bring back Savage – he was funny, even though he certainly didn’t intend it to be.

  7. Terrible terrible terrible. Tuned in the hear Barsky. Instead got some guy who sounded like a hyperactive chipmunk. Thank God I pay for SR. This is the end of this station.

  8. Bad programming decision by wftl. I enjoyed Barsky for the drive home. Gonna miss Joe Pags also. Congratulations you lost a long time listener.

  9. Loved listening to Barsky radio every after noon. They were hilarious. Wftf, stupid, stupid mistake
    Already lost me as a morning listener with that politically slanted morning crew. They are awful. Now they lost me completely.

  10. I have been a loyal listener of 850 WFTL for 15 years. My most favorite show by far is Barsky Radio. I spend a lot of time in my car driving for work, and the highlight of my day has always been to tune in to Barsky, Ron Hersey, and Cody from 3-6 pm. There is just nobody like them anywhere else on the radio. No matter how bad a day I had, they always pit me in a good mood. Often, I’d laugh out loud in my car during their show.

    I am very interested to know why Barsky radio was taken off the air. The show that is airing in its place is just awful. I sent an email to the program director to please consider bringing Barsky back, even if it is in a different time slot.

  11. Totally agrre with the previous comment! I have been a loyal listener of 850 WFTL for 15 years. My most favorite show by far is Barsky Radio. I spend a lot of time in my car driving for work, and the highlight of my day has always been to tune in to Barsky, Ron Hersey, and Cody from 3-6 pm. There is just nobody like them anywhere else on the radio. No matter how bad a day I had, they always pit me in a good mood. Often, I’d laugh out loud in my car during their show.

    I am very interested to know why Barsky radio was taken off the air. The show that is airing in its place is just awful. I sent an email to the program director to please consider bringing Barsky back, even if it is in a different time slot.

  12. Since you wizards of programming have decided to downsize Joyce Kaufman’s show, and eliminate Paul Barsky and Joe Pags completely, you have lost me as a listener. While I respect Dana Loesch for all her efforts on behalf of the Second Amendment and the NRA, putting her in a time slot opposite Rush Limbaugh on 610AM it’s like putting a high school football team against the Kansas City Chiefs. What in hell are you guys thinking anyway??? This is the worst lineup in the last 20 years of South Florida talk radio programming. I’d be very interested to see the ratings and demographics that support these decisions.

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