CBS confirms return of Opie and Anthony


NEW YORK (AP) – CBS Radio confirmed Monday that shock jocks Greg “Opie” Hughes and Anthony Cumia will replace rocker David Lee Roth, who was fired Friday after barely three months on the air in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and four other markets.

Under the terms of an agreement between CBS and XM satellite radio, CBS will broadcast a three-hour version of the Opie and Anthony show from 6 to 9 a.m. East Coast time each weekday morning except in Cleveland, where the show will air from 3 to 6 p.m. This show will be simulcast on XM uncensored. Opie and Anthony will continue to broadcast from 9 to 11 Eastern time exclusively for XM.

Additionally, CBS Radio stations in New York, Dallas and Philadelphia will stream the three-hour show online.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Opie and Anthony’s syndicated show was yanked from terrestrial radio in August 2002 after they aired a live account of listeners having sex in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. They were hired by XM in 2004.

Their return to CBS puts the pair in the slot long dominated by Howard Stern, who feuded with Opie and Anthony for years before leaving for Sirius satellite radio.