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Posted at 6:52pm on March 21, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Wed, Mar 21, 2012 8:47pm
I found this article concerning Netanyahu's thoughts on Iran to be very interesting and informative...maybe others will agree (or disagree).
Israelis Grow Confident Strike on Iran’s Nukes Can Work

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 1:56am
Allan, perhaps you can interview some of the members of the House Judiciary Committee to find out why they don't believe victims of abuse by public school teachers should have the same rights as victims of abuse by private sector employees.

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 4:00am

It's only Thursday, but apparnetly M.Loudell has some other commitments.

Are your talks to the fresh faced kids at UD open to the public? If so, could you please advise on dates and times because I'd actually to see Mr. Loudell speak in person.

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 5:09am
Teatime: Allan also does some fantastic candidate debates. There should be some of those you could attend as the year progesses towards November.

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 8:56am

I think an interesting topic would be your feedback on the Allan Loudell show and Allan Loudell blog.

On the one hand, nobody has done more to serve the Delaware community during the past 25 years. Mr. Loudell has helped keep all of us informed on local, national and international issues and has brought us insight and entertainment for so many years. If there were a Delaware Radio Hall of Fame, Mr. Loudell is first ballot inductee.

On the other hand, Mr. Loudell tends to run some extremely biased news interviews. He never claims to be a talk show host, but his choice of guests and his frequently one sided questioning clearly demonstrates his slant. He tends to only get "one side" in debates about Iran, the GOP presidential nomination and other issues.

What would Mr. Loudell and WDEL do better? Constructive criticism?

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 10:00am
Allan's midday and PM drive news programs are a pretty unique offering on any commercial radio station. Allan has great interest in the overseas stories and that is reflected in some of the interviews you'll hear. Due to time restraints that having to air spots that pay the bills at WDEL and traffic on the 9's keep Allan from doing longer form interviews that I'm sure he'd enjoy doing.

I listen to both of Allan's shows while in the car. IF the interview is of interest, I listen, if it is not, I go visit NPR. I know Allan does all his own leg work in lining up the various interviews which take a lot of his time. He puts some serious effort into his two newscasts and works well beyond an 8 hour day. I worked with Allan at WILM, so I know all of that first hand. I used to kid him about having a cot somewhere there. Radio news isn't just his job, it's his passion.

I'm sure IF Allan could do as he totallly wished, sure he might do some things differently, but he doesn't run WDEL, and frankly WDEL is a business. I give the management of Delmarva Broadcasting (Pete Booker) and WDEL (Chris Carl) a lot of credit for giving Allan so much freedom to put together the informative programs he's doing. There's nothing like it anywhere I've ever found, other than NPR.

Other then his interviews being cut short for spots and traffic on the 9's, which is the nature of doing commercial radio, I do not feel qualified to tell Allan how to improve his program. What he does is unique and Wilmington is darn lucky to have his talent.

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 11:50am

I think it would be interesting to hear Mr. Loudell in a straight talk show format. No more interviewing guests for 5 minutes. Just Mr. Loudell and the microphone and his thoughts on the big topic of the day. Have him take phone calls on the topic. Mr. Loudell as the angry conservative talk show host would be quite interesting.

Also, why don't they put Al Mascetti and Rick Jensen together on the same show so they can debate the topics?

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 1:13pm
Macestti would clean Jensen's clock. It wouldn't be a fair fight.

Allan did some times fill in for John Watson's old WILM show back in the day. He's not the angry conservative talker. His style is similar as you hear today. He does a good thought provoking talk show. It would be a freshing change from the typical angry Republican right wing show, to be quite honest about it.

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 8:01pm

Yahoo News reports that the staff seargent who murdered 16 civilians in Afghanistan had suffered mental health issues from multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.


The article also notes "record suicide rates, post traumatic stress disorder and other mental issues" by many, many of our soldiers returning from combat duties in the multiple wars during the past ten years.

The question is, do we want more of our soldiers to go through this moving forward?

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 10:54pm
Kareem: good point. These endless wars take a serious toll on our fighting men/women. It's not reasonable to keep deploying these folks year after year after year. It takes a "special" sort of person to be a career warrior, not just for some war, but as a career where you're on the front lines year after year, war after war, with only a few months break in between. Thankfully most people aren't geared that way, but that's also why these mental health issues are occurring, people are not wired that way.

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 6:45am
Teatime: Allan Loudell Biased? Also, Al Mascitti and Rick Jensen once had a show together in the morning. They eventually split up!

MFD: Angry Republican talk show hosts? Not only do we need them, but if more of us were angry about the shenanigans of the left, we may have a chance to defeat them. We need Republican politicians to be as angry as the talk show hosts rather than being the bunch of wimps that most of them are.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 8:24am
Mrpizza: William F. Buckley did that PBS show for years, he certainly was no wimp and definitely not a DEM/LIB supporter, but he wasn't an obnoxious baffoon iether (think Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck). There are some decent conservative hosts on the radio who certainly do not agree with DEM/LIBS in any way but are not jerks about it: Dennis Prager -Salem network 990 WNTP, Dom Giordono(sp)local philly show on 1210 WPHT, Laura Ingraham - syndicated on 1150 WDEL to name some I've heard and enjoy listening to on the radio.

I remember Al and Rick doing a show together, as I said, Rick can't hold his own against Al. Al would have to hold back in order to give Rick a chance. It was interesting, but it gets hard to listen to two people arguring for any length of time without a neutral moderator reigning them in and keeping some focus to the show. So, I believe WDEL made the smarter choice, gave both Al and Rick a show. Both get to express their vision of the world and let the market via radio ratings decide who's got the better show.

I personally prefer Al over Rick, even though I don't agree with Al on all issues, especially faith issues. I usually tune Al off when he has that so called Rev. Jenkens or something like that on, who seems to be mocking the Christian faith, that's not funny, so I scan the dial when he's on Al's show.

Al is better read and seems to do more homework than Rick who's just spouting GOP talking points. Rick comes across, to my ear, as a Rush wannabe so why listen to the minor league copycat when I can hear the original during the same time period noon to 3pm? I rarely put on Rush either, so that means I'm listening to either NPR, Dennis Prager, or one of the sports talk stations during that time period.

Al can and has agreed with the GOP at times, Rick never agrees with DEMS. Rick is totally biased and Al is a DEM/LIB, but he's not so one sided where he can't ever see the GOP being correct on some issue. So for my ear, even though I may not agree totally with what Al is saying, his opinions have more credibility than Rick's. To each his/her own.

An Allan Loudell talk show would be very informative with well thought out opinions, no harsh words, an educational experience in what's going on in the world with the Loudell spin. It would be a great show, but Allan only has so much time and what he does is great and I'm sure helps contribute to the WDEL bottomline quite well.

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 9:39am
Mascitti is a loud blowhard liberal and Jensen is a lightweight right-winger. So Al and Rick are perfect for their audience up here in New Castle County.

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 11:19am
As of this morning, Rick Santorum lost my vote in the Delaware primary. Saying that if Romney is the nominee we should vote to re-elect Obama!

Santorum should do the honorable thing and drop out NOW!

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 12:18pm

@Mike from Delaware. The point of putting Mascetti and Jensen together isn't to see "who wins" a debate. The point would be to create entertaining dialogue that would garner ratings for WDEL.

Proposed lineup:

6 a.m. - 10 a.m. WDEL Morning News with sports, traffic, weather, etc...

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Rick and Al Show

3 p.m. - 6 p.m. WDEL Afternoon News with Alan Loudell, with his interviews,but also sports, traffic, weather.

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Phillies pregame show

7 p.m.--11 p.m. Phillies, and Phillies post game.

11 p.m. - 5 a.m. Coast to Coast with Art Bell

5 a.m. - 6 a.m. American Morning with Jim Bohannan

When the Phillies are not playing, please find an alternate to Laura Ingraham such as consumer advocate Clark Howard or Dave Ramsey.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 3:33pm
JimH: Both my wife and I said the same thing you said, when we heard about Santorum's statement. He's poison and will sink the GOP's chances of winning the White House in November.

Teatime: Actually, my guess is, WDEL's doing quite well ratings wise and local spot wise (which is where the rubber meets the road as radio is a business). Frankly, Al and Rick weren't that entertaining together.

My guess is Al gets better ratings than Rick (mainly because Jensen is on opposite Rush) and both Rick and Rush do the same schtick. If I were the PD I'd be more inclined to swap Al and Rick's times. Put Jensen on from 9am-12noon and Mascetti from 1pm-4pm. Other than that one change, I'd not change a thing about WDEL's daytime lineup.

My guess as to why Chris Carl (WDEL's Program Director) isn't even making that change is Rick may be second place behind Rush ratings wise (and that might not be a big difference in actual numbers or more importantly Rick may be getting the age demo of listeners that the advertisers want whereas Limbaugh's audience skews older). WDEL is airing far more local spots during Jensen's show than WILM has ever aired during Limbaugh's show, not even close. Local sponsors will advertise on Rick's show and avoid Rush's show like the plague. So from WDEL's point of view (remember they are a business), why mess with what's working quite well for WDEL?

WDEL is the top rated AM station in the Wilmington market, and has a boatload of loyal solid local sponsors paying WDEL's bills making their AM station something special in today's world where AM radio is on the decline in many cities. It is possible that WDEL is actually making money for Delmarva their parent corporation as they seem to always have a heavy local spot load. These are all guesses as I have no knowledge of the inner workings of WDEL, but I believe I'm not too far off the mark in my assessment, based on listening to the station's local spots that constantly interrupt the programming. That is a good thing from the station's point of view and the price you and I pay to get to hear the shows we like for FREE (unlike NPR that wants you to pony up some cash to pay for the programming). WDEL gets their bread and butter by selling air time. Chris Carl is a pretty sharp guy and he's found a sweet spot for WDEL that's working well, why mess with that?

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 3:36pm
I heard on WDEL this afternoon, that Newt is coming to Delaware and specifically New Castle County. Will that spur Romney, Santorum, and Paul to also visit the First State for our whopping, I believe it is, 17 delegates?

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:15pm
MFD: Newt will be at the Hockessin Fire Hall Monday night.
I'm thinking about it.

Teatime: I like Clark Howard and Dave Ramsey, but please, leave my Laura Ingraham alone! I depend on her company while I delivery pizza! Must also give honorable mention to Frank Gerace.

Sat, Mar 24, 2012 8:26am
Gingrich actually thinks he has a shot at winning in Delaware. Ads for him, paid for by a Super PAC, have been airing during Rush, which means his ads are on in all 3 counties. I see Romney as the winner, but who knows what will happen in Sussex.

Sat, Mar 24, 2012 9:32am
MFD: I agree with you about some of the lesser known talk shows (of course, don't forget, WFB and Limbaugh were good friends). When I speak of wimps, I speak of the Republican politicians we sent to Washington to reform the system and most of them back down the first time the left starts saying that they want to put Grandma in the street and take goodies away from "the children". If the Republicans in the house and senate just had the tenacity of Rush Limbaugh, they'd actually scare some of those liberals off.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Mar 24, 2012 12:56pm
Mrpizza: I agree, honorable mention to Frank Gerace. We worked together years ago at WJIC/WNNN-FM in Salem NJ and later at Newark's 1260 WNRK. Frank's a good guy.

Actually I believe Clark Howard does air on WDEL during the weekends. I'm not really into his or Ramsey's show which I believe airs on WILM and WDOV on weekends. A little bit of that goes a long way for my ear. To each his/her own.

I know I won't be voting for Newt in the Primary so I'll just listen to the WDEL coverage either on air or online rather than taking a seat away from someone who actually is considering Newt. Hockessin is a good location in NCC as there are a lot of conservatives in that area.

So WILM finally gets some local spots during Rush, The Newtster's ads bashing Mitt. I haven't heard any GOP Prez candidates spots on WDEL yet, but my guess is, if there are any they air during Jensen's show (which I don't listen to) rather than Mascetti's show.

Mrpizza: Apparently Rush didn't learn very much from his friendship with the original Mr. Conservative. Mr. Buckley was a class act where as Rush is an act with cl in the word class missing. You can make your point without being a jerk, vicious, or lowering yourself to the opposition's level. Buckley knew how to do this, Rush apparently slept through those lessons with Buckley.

Sat, Mar 24, 2012 2:55pm
MFD: You're right about the lack of class. I think Rush is popular because he has more entertainment value than the guys on the former 990 WZZD. I listen mostly to Laura Ingraham because it's during my pizza delivery hours and especially now that I'm working within a 3-mile radius of WDEL it's easy to keep it on. She's both entertaining AND has class.

So you worked with Frank AND you also worked for Al Campagnone. Al went to the same church as I did 15 years ago. Haven't seen or heard from him since he retired. I'm also trying to remember the lady's name that did the WNRK morning show. She and her husband had a gospel group and they would sometimes do shows at the park in Elkton.

WNNN was really instrumental to Christian growth for both my wife and I. We listened mostly in the early 80's when they had some of the great teachers, specifically for us was Marilyn Hickey, Kenneth Hagin, and J. Vernon McGee.

Gotta run, but could you please refresh my memory about WNRK? Thanks.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Mar 24, 2012 3:45pm
Mrpizza: I agree Laura Ingraham is both entertaining, informative, and yes has class.

I was a weekend part timer at WNRK, doing the Saturday night show the second time I worked there playing big band music, and at an earlier time, a Saturday afternoon show playing 80's music, I believe. It's been quite some time ago.

I also went to the same church as Al Campagnone. The church then was Word of Life near Newark with Pastor Dave Carey. I used to produce his radio show for him that was aired on WNRK back then called "Words of Life". Back then the church was in a leased building on Elkton Road, later we moved to an industrial park on Chapel Street by the Scottfield/Brookside area. I left Word of Life years ago and today am a United Methodist. I believe Word of Life has their own building today on Old Balt. Pike.

I remember the woman who did a show at WNRK, met her a couple of times and her husband. She was a singer as I recall. Her name was Susan Duffield. I've been sitting here for 20 minutes trying to remember her name (you know they say the mind is the second thing to go and I don't remember what the first was- haha). The Duffield's had a recording studio in their home. Great people, very nice folks. I remember meeting her for the first time, she was at the station to do some production work on Saturday afternoon during my show. She couldn't have been nicer. I later met her husband. Yes, they were a class act.

However, I must defer to JimH, if I am correct in my assumption of who JimH is, he worked full time as PD at WNRK for a number of years. He's probably the best qualified person in the area to give any real history and inside look of WNRK other than Al Campagnone himself. I enjoyed both times I worked at WNRK, once under I believe JimH as my PD and a second time later after Jim had moved on to bigger things. Al was a decent person, who wanted a top notch station. Back in its heyday under AL, WNRK was a top notch station that I was blessed to have had the opportunity to work and learn even more about the business of radio as a weekender. Newarker's were proud of their hometown station.

At WNNN, I did a 6 hour Saturday show (that's a long air shift), if I remember correctly 10am to 4pm or noon to 6pm. Most shows are 3 or 4 hour air shifts. I used to enjoy talking to the listeners as folks would call in to request a song or to talk as many saw me as a brother in the Lord with whom they could pray with or discuss a need, etc. I don't think the DJ's at WXHL do that today, probably can't get them on the phone as they voice track those shows. I also really enjoyed my time at WNNN. Gloria Jennings and her husband (who had already passed away when I started worked there) both Catholics had brought the Wilmington/South Jersey area its first CCM station with WNNN. They also owned 1510 WJIC a country station. Years later, WXHL from Faith City came along. I believe the area could only support one CCM station and eventually Mrs. Jennings did sell both WJIC 1510 and WNNN-FM 101-7, which today are WFAI Urban Gospel and WJKS-FM Urban Music.

Yes, I remember listening to Marilyn Hickey, Kenneth Hagin, and Kenneth Copeland (sp). Also I used to buy tapes from a great bible teacher Malcolm Smith(none of the radio stations in this area carried his teaching show). He's in Texas now, and runs a retreat center and still sells his tapes. Great bible teacher, not a preacher.

Well hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane.

Sun, Mar 25, 2012 12:37am
MFD: The Mrs. and I went to Word of Life from 1993 to 1999 at the Chapel Street location, so we may know each other.
We've recently in the past month returned to WOLCC at their Old Baltimore Pike location.

I do now remember Jeff and Susan Duffield. It's been a lot of years. Yeah, WNNN was a great station. While WXHL has a lot going for it with a very expansive listening area and outreach programs, it's about 23 hours of music and maybe 1 hour of teaching.

Sun, Mar 25, 2012 2:36pm
Yes, Mike, that is me. Also me using the handle JHGuthlac, on Radio-Info message board. Al was always like an "older brother" to me. Appreciated that. It was always assumed I would buy that station, and my Dad wanted me to. But I had the foresight to know AM radio was dead for the small suburban stations.

Sue Duffield is now living/working in Nashville. A real class act.

Listned to J Vernom McGee on WVCH. Great teacher.

I was OM/PD at WNRK. At one time a truely great radio station. Top notch dj's and news staff. At one time, all the sales staff had to do was sit at their desk and answer the phone! It died during the 70's, but Al brought it back to life. We had a lot of fun.

Mike from Delaware
Sun, Mar 25, 2012 7:25pm
JimH: I thought you might be JHGuthlac. It has been many years. I learned a great deal from you as you took me under your wing and made me into a far better DJ than I was prior to coming to WNRK. What I learned from you eventually made it possible for me to land a weekend gig at 1380 WAMS with that stable of great talent of: Kevin Fennessy, Todd Halliday, Scott Graham, Bob Charger, and Carl Canefsky (sp), that for a short period of time made a really great Oldies station happen in Wilmington.

I could see how you'd want to have eventually wanted to own WNRK. You loved what you were doing and it showed. Man those were great days. WNRK was a great station. However, I think you did make the right decision in not buying WNRK.

Sun, Mar 25, 2012 9:13pm
MFD and JimH: I think the three of us should meet.

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 8:18am
Once the land was sold, there was no way of saving the 1260 frequency in Newark.

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 10:16am
Talk about a small world…my wife and I also went to Word of Life at the Chapel Street location for about a year and around another year at the new church on Old Baltimore Pike. I really liked & respected Pastor Dave and Nancy.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Mar 26, 2012 10:38am
EarlGrey: It is indeed a small world. We worshiped at the Chapel Street location about a year or two before we moved on to a church closer to where we moved out of the Newark area, so we were gone long before they made their next move. I have fond memories of Pastor Dave and Nancy and of our time at Word of Life. Good folks.

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 10:50pm
MFD: You mentioned a Scott Graham in your WAMS lineup. Is that the same Scott Graham who was a play-by-play announcer for the Phillies and then went to Westwood One?

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 11:05pm
MFD: Never mind. I looked Scott Graham up on Wikipedia and saw he was WAMS sports director once upon a time. You stinker!

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 8:06am
Mrpizza: yes indeed Scott Graham is the same Scott Graham who went on to do really big things in radio, as did Bob Charger who's at WOGL, Todd Halliday became the PD at WDEL, he's since moved on to other things, Carl Canefsky went to Channel 12 and is now here at WDEL, Kevin Fennessy a great Top 40 jock who like Charger knows the music and the artists like an encyclopedia owned a couple of AM stations in PA, sold them a few years back and I believe today he is PD at WMCA NYC. So yes, it was quite a stable of radio talent that Joe Farley (the owner of WAMS at that time) had assembled in his effort to bring back 1380 WAMS to its former glory days. It was a fun format. I had a ball doing my Saturday evening show. I had the opportunity to work with and learn from some very talented folks. All great guys.

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