'Dr. Drew Live' Given The Surprise Axe

Dr. Drew Pinsky gets cut from his radio show

From automakers, to the industry which creates programming for the radios in those autos, the cold pinch of hard times is quite evident this holiday season. Westwood One, taking NPR’s lead, is slashing programming, giving the axe to popular syndicated daytime talk show Dr. Drew Live.

Hosted by board certified M.D., Dr. Drew Pinsky (we interviewed him last February), Dr. Drew Live had aired locally on News Talk KGIL 1260 AM from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Drew’s other radio program "Loveline," which he has co-hosted 1984, remains on the air, airing locally on KROQ 106.7 FM, (Sunday to Thursday, 10pm to Midnight.) Loveline’s official Twitter account stated last week —

They are taking Dr. Drew Live off the air (not Loveline) email Max Krasny, Sr VP, Entertainment at max_krasny@westwoodone.com to keep on air.

Dr. Drew Live was a departure from the youth-aiming "Loveline." This daytime show dealt with sexual health as well as addiction, politics, mental health, matters of the family, as well as Dr. Drew’s love of history. Podcast archives of complete shows and interviews can be found on iTunes (though no telling for how long).

Unlike many television and radio “doctors,” Dr. Drew Pinsky is the real deal. He is not only a board certified physician but remains Chemical Dependency Director at Pasadena’s Las Encinas Hospital. Despite heavy exposure in the media (VH1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, MTV’s Sex...with Mom and Dad,) Dr. Drew’s daytime efforts shall be greatly missed by many who enjoyed this adult-aiming program. Let Westwood One and KGIL know what you think --

Max Krasny
Westwood One
40 West 57th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019
212.641.2000

KGIL 1260 AM (Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters Inc.)
310-478-5540
Email: info@1260.am

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