BURKE GOES TO WGBS
Miami Herald August 17, 1984
Author: LINDA R. THORNTON HERALD STAFF Herald Staff
Six months after being dismissed by WINZ-AM, veteran talk show host Alan
Burke will return full-time to the airwaves on WGBS-AM.
Burke, 61, has been filling in for WGBS host Bev Smith from 9 to noon
weekdays for the past six weeks, while Smith has been recovering from surgery.
Smith returns to her show in a new time slot on Monday, and Burke will take two
weeks off before beginning his own new show from 9 to midnight weeknights
beginning Sept. 3.
From 1978 until February 1984, Burke hosted the 8 p.m. to midnight talk
show on WINZ, where he was known for being abrasive and outspoken, for goading
guests and hanging up on callers. Many already knew of Burke’s controversial,
sharp- tongued on-air nature from his nationally syndicated television show,
The Alan Burke Show, which aired from 1966-70, or from his similar,
locally-produced program on WCIX-Ch. 6 in 1976.
When WINZ won a legal dispute with WNWS over talk show host Neil Rogers’
contract, WINZ purchased the remainder of Burke’s contract in late Februrary
1984 to make room for Rogers.
With the addition of Burke, WGBS’ talk show schedule will be rearranged.
Two of the schedule changes will be effective Monday, when Barry Young moves to
the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekday shift, and Bev Smith moves to 1-4 p.m. weekdays. Beginning Sept. 3, the
WGBS weekday show schedule will be: News anchors Chuck Dent and Gretchen Graham,
5-9 a.m.; Barry Young, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Bev Smith, 1-4 p.m.; Alan Beshany Money
Line, 4-6 p.m.; David Gold, 6-9 p.m.; Alan Burke, 9 p.m.-midnight.
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