Saturday, December 08, 2007

Divorced radio hosts

It couldn't get worse than that... the husband and wife airing grievances during drive time on different channels. That could be high Drama, better than reality TV. It happened, and it happened in New York City, and you know the players even if you didn't know they were married: Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover. I cant find a picture of them together so I'll just use one of Guliani cross-dressing.
Mayor Mr. Giuliani’s radio program, “Live From City Hall" was on 770 WABC-AM a heritage 50,000-watt powerhouse. It ran in New York City for eight years, from 1994 to 2001. This was no light-touch fluffy program, Rudy was an arrogant bastard who had no problem abusing his listeners. By comparison his persona as a presidential-hopeful is bowdlerized. I am curious if his bizarre psychotic hatred of ferrets will at all effect his presidential run.

His ex-wife Donna Hanover is the who is a morning show co-host on 710 WOR-AM an equally powerful station. She shares the mic with Joe Bartlett. It airs weekdays from 5:00am to 9:00am. She hates Rudy so much she even roots for the opposing sports teams, but never will mention Rudy's name. She's that savvy. Just this year they received the New York State Broadcasters Association’s "Outstanding On-Air Broadcast Team" award for excellence in broadcasting.

Giuliani and Hanover filed for divorce in October 2000. So what should a mayor do? The fight was nasty, and dirty and took over the front pages for a few months. Giuliani was accused of adultery, taking bribes from sports franchises, and other general naughtiness. The divorce was finalized in July 2002 after he left office as Mayor; Hanover was awarded $6.8 million and custody of their two children.