Conservative talker Dick Morris announced this afternoon he is leaving his position at Talk Radio 1210 WPHT. Morris said he wanted to campaign for 2016 Republican candidates. Morris was hired by the station in March of last year, taking over for former Inquirer and Daily News columnist Buzz Bissinger, who left his position in December of 2012.
Morris will stay on through the election.
Station operations manager Andy Bloom said he did not have any plans to replace Morris as of yet and could not comment on whether the station would go in a different direction now that Morris has left. CBS Radio Philadelphia Senior Vice President and Market Manager Marc Rayfield said he had known about Morris' timeline for awhile. "He has done a great job for WPHT and we knew his busy schedule might one day make doing a daily radio show difficult," he said via e-mail. When Morris began the show, he told me he would split his time between Philadelphia and his home in Florida.
Rayfield said the station will make an announcement about Morris' replacement as soon as next week.
Rumor has it that Walter Sabo, CEO of radio consultation firm Sabo Media, has been hanging around WPHT as of late. Could that mean that Big Talker is looking to try something new? "WPHT will remain a locally driven talk radio station," as for Rayfield. "As for Walter, I am not aware that he has been around the station and will not be a replacement for Dick." A report from trade magazine Inside Radio reported that Sabo hosted a show under the name Walter Sterling.