Monday, January 16, 2012

Rocky D going back on the air for Primary Eve

Meet the conservative talk show host at Parson Jack's

Posted by Paul Bowers on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 4:10 AM

Wondering what happened to Radio Free Rocky D after he lost his job as a talk show host on WTMA? He says he doesn't have another gig lined up yet, but in the meantime, you've got a chance to see him live and in person.

The irascible conservative radio personality will join local online talk show host John Colbert at Parson Jack’s Cafe on the eve of the South Carolina GOP primary for an evening of banter and listener commentary — and perhaps a few cameo appearances. Rocky isn't making any guarantees, but he says Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum might stop by to "gladhand for votes."

"When it's Rocky D on the air, you never know who's gonna show up," he says.

Rocky says he is undecided on who will get his vote, but he has made a few predictions: that Rick Perry is toast if he can't muster third place or better in South Carolina, and that Mitt Romney might not prove to be as electable as some Republicans have said he is.

"They think he's a shoe-in, and he's just not," he says. "It's going to be very hard to get people in South Carolina to put their trust in a guy who's spent most of his life in the Northeast."

Rocky has been hinting at a possible new talk show gig since losing his job in late November after more than 10 years on the air. Cumulus Media, the owner of WTMA and the second-largest owner of radio stations in the country, fired the crew of the popular morning talk show Da Breakfuss Club on Z93 Jamz the same week Rocky was let go. Rocky says he might be able to announce his next job by the time of the pre-primary broadcast.

"In less than a month, I'll be back on the air, and y'all can hate me again," he says. He adds that WTMA has been getting complaints from "loud, cranky people," including people who disagree with him, since he was let go.

Rocky and Colbert will be at Parson Jack's on Friday night at 7 p.m. The show will be streaming live on the Colbert Radio website and on Talkshoe.

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