42 years in broadcasting comes to an end, or Happy Ending for Atlanta syndicated talker Neal Boortz. Not heard around here but in the backwaters of Aberdeen, Spokane and Tri-Cities
Nearly 5,000 fans and guests gathered in Atlanta the past Saturday, including Jeff Foxworthy, Sean Hannity, and Boortz successor Herman 999 Cain.
Boortz had planned the Happy Ending prior to his last air date of Jan 18th. From Radio Online and his Facebook page he gushes:
"Thanks to the 4,650 people who came to my Happy Ending party at the Fox Theater in Atlanta last night," Boortz posted on his Facebook page. "You're my extended family -- LOVE YOU. And thanks to my Happy Ending guests! Banks & Shane, our emcee Chuck Dowdle, Sean Hannity, Jeff Foxworthy, Rush (no last name needed), a nice greeting from Larry the Cable Guy, Jamie Dupree, Herman Cain, Clark Howard, Erick Erickson, Monica Pearson, the two women I love the most to whom I'm not related, Belinda and Cristina, and my family, THE QUEEN, of course, and my daughter, Laura and her husband. The grandbaby stayed home taking care of a babysitter. Oh ... and Hannity, The Queen and I closed down a particular bar at 2:30 last night. That was the after-party. Love you all -- mean it -- and Royal was deeply missed."'
Boortz is known for creating the kind of on-air controversy his contemporaries live for.
The day after the Nov election, Boortz compared the President to Ted Bundy and Hitler. We've noticed a lot of talk show hosts lately with a fascination with a black Hitler.
Even Hogans Heroes had to be careful when using Ivan Dixon to impersonate a Nazi and only at night.
Boortz also claimed President Obama "is a bigger disaster to this country than 9-11." That comment drew harsh criticism from 9-11 victims' families. According to Talkers Magazine, Boortz holds a national audience of about 6 million weekly listeners, 200 stations.
We find it hard to believe since only so many hosts can claim 6 million listeners and also since his show is not heard around here.
He was ranked by the magazine as the 13th most influential radio talk host in the nation this year.