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Opie and Anthony
Opie and Anthony

Opie (Gregg Hughes, May 23, 1965 - ) and Anthony (Anthony Cumia, April 1961 - ) are the hosts of the XM Satellite Radio program 'The Opie and Anthony Show.' The show is based in New York City and airs on XM channel 202. The show was previously on WNEW-FM in New York and WAAF-FM in Boston (whom they obsessively insult) previous to that. A picture of Opie and Anthony, radio hosts on XM satellite radio. ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... 1961 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR) is a satellite radio (DARS) service in the United States based in Washington, DC and controlled by News Corporations DirecTV, General Motors, American Honda, Hughes Electronics, and several private investment groups. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, and is at the center of international finance, politics, communications, music, fashion, and culture. ... WNEW is a New York City FM radio station operating at 102. ... This article is about the radio station. ... Alternative meanings: Boston (disambiguation) The 18th-century Old State House in Boston is surrounded by tall buildings of the 19th and 20th centuries. ...


The show airs on XM channel 202 "High Voltage" live from 7-11 AM ET with replays throughout the day. XM 202: High Voltage High Voltage is a radio channel (channel 202) on XM Satellite Radio. ... The North American Eastern Standard Time Zone (abbreviated EST) is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC formerly known as GMT - Greenwich Mean time). ...

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Background

Gregg Hughes (Opie) and Anthony Cumia were both raised in Long Island, but did not know each other as kids. Opie attended Geneseo College. After working as a DJ in a local bar, he was awarded a radio gig spinning records in Long Island at WBAB. Anthony, who did not attend college, began performing songs with his brother Joe. Joe remains a constant supporter of the Opie and Anthony Show. In August 1994, Opie received an entry during an OJ Simpson parody song contest. The song was entitled “Gonna Electric Shock OJ,” by a local band known as Rotgut. Anthony was in this band. The song became a hit on Opie’s show, and he invited Anthony and Joe to the studio to play live. This sparked many further appearances, where Ant & Brother Joe jumped at any airtime opportunity available. Soon after, Opie and Anthony became the creative and dynamic radio team that listeners enjoyed. O&A were fired in April 1998 from WAAF in Boston for an April Fool's Day prank involving Mayor Thomas Menino. O&A promised they would return to Boston and get revenge. O&A were back on the air on WNEW by June 1998. O&A gained popularity, as the show "spread like a virus", a term often used by O&A and their fans when describing the show. O&A were the #1 Afternoon Drive Show in New York by 2000. By 2001, O&A were syndicated to 18 markets around the country, including WBCN in Boston, a rival of the station that fired O&A earlier. Within a year, they were #1 in several markets, Boston included. They were then joined by Jim Norton, a comedian who toured with Andrew Dice Clay. After their show was cancelled in 2002 for the Sex For Sam 3 stunt, O&A were forced to wait for their contract to expire for two years. They announced in August 2004 that they had signed with XM Satellite Radio, where they are not subject to FCC guidelines. They began broadcasting on October 4, 2004 with Norton as the third member of the team. Image of Long Island taken by NASA. Long Island, New York is an island off the North American coast, some 118 miles (190 km) long, and from 12 to 20 miles (32 km) wide, extending from New York Harbor into the North Atlantic Ocean. ... Alternative meanings: Boston (disambiguation) The 18th-century Old State House in Boston is surrounded by tall buildings of the 19th and 20th centuries. ... Thomas Michael Menino (born December 27, 1942) is the current mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, first elected on November 2, 1993. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey 2001 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WBCN is a New England commercial alternative rock radio station based in Boston, Massachusetts and is owned by by media conglomerate Viacom. ... Jim Norton Jim Norton (July 19, 1968 - ) is a professional comedian who was born and raised in New Jersey. ... Andrew Dice Clay (born September 29, 1957) is an American comedian and actor. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: August 2004 in sports Deaths in August 2004 • 30 Fred Whipple • 26 Laura Branigan • 24 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross • 18 Elmer Bernstein • 15 Amarsinh Chaudhary • 14 Czesław Miłosz • 13 Julia Child • 8 Robert Bootzin • 8 Fay... XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR) is a satellite radio (DARS) service in the United States based in Washington, DC and controlled by News Corporations DirecTV, General Motors, American Honda, Hughes Electronics, and several private investment groups. ... The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, created, directed, and empowered by Congressional statute. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


About the Show

Opie and Anthony's cringe style of entertainment has received massive support from listeners. Their style has also earned them the sobriquet of "shock jocks." Friends and regular guests on the show include comedians Jay Mohr, Adam Ferrara, Brian Regan, and Robert Kelly. Other frequent guests include Colin Quinn, Patrice O'Neal, Carlos Mencia, and Ben Bailey. Comedians such as Andrew Dice Clay, Jim Breuer, and Lewis Black were also regular guests on the Opie and Anthony Show. Neither Clay, Breuer nor Black appear on the XM version; Breuer does not because of his contract with Sirius Satellite Radio, which does not allow him to appear on any XM programming. On the show, Anthony is known for his impressions of people such as Andrew Dice Clay, Tom Brokaw, Ronald Reagan, Mike Tyson, and Tony Danza. O&A's style and jokes target the males in the 18-35 age range, although they have broken both constraints and have taken over in markets when syndicated and the city already had a show geared toward that style. A shock jock is a slang term used to describe a type of radio broadcaster (sometimes a disk jockey) who attracts attention using humor that a significant portion of the listening audience may find offensive. ... Jay Mohr in Seeing Other People Jay Mohr (born 23 August 1970) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. ... Adam Ferrara is an American actor/comedian who played Detective Tommy Manetti on the television series The Job. ... Brian Regan is an American male stand-up comedian. ... Robert Kelly is a young stand-up comedian. ... Colin Quinn (born June 6, 1959) is an Irish-American comedian. ... Patrice ONeal is a black comedian and former World Wrestling Entertainment writer from Boston. ... Carlos Mencia, a comedian, writer, and actor, was born seventeenth of eighteen children on October 22, 1967 as Ned Mencia in San Pedro Sula, Honduras to Magdelena Mencia and Roberto Holness. ... Andrew Dice Clay (born September 29, 1957) is an American comedian and actor. ... Actor Jim Breuer (born June 21, 1967 in Valley Stream, New York) is best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1998. ... Lewis Black Lewis Black (born August 30, 1948) is an American stand-up comedian, author, and playwright. ... This article is about the star. ... Andrew Dice Clay (born September 29, 1957) is an American comedian and actor. ... Tom Brokaw Thomas John Brokaw [1] (born February 6, 1940) is a television journalist and the former NBC News anchorman and managing editor of the program NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. ... Order: 40th President Vice President: George H.W. Bush Term of office: 20 January 1981 – 20 January 1989 Preceded by: Jimmy Carter Succeeded by: George H.W. Bush Date of birth: 6 February 1911 Place of birth: Tampico, Illinois Date of death: 5 June 2004 Place of death: Bel-Air... Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966, New York City, USA) is a former professional boxer and World Heavyweight Champion and is considered by some to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. ... Tony Danza in Whos The Boss? Tony Danza (born April 21, 1951) is an American actor. ...


The pair signed a contract with XM on August 5, 2004 and started broadcasting October 4th of the same year on a premium channel. In April 2005, the show moved to its current channel, "High Voltage" channel 202, part of the basic XM subscription. August 5 is the 217th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (218th in leap years), with 148 days remaining. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in Leap years). ... April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...


Their move to XM Satellite Radio took place over two years after their previous show had been cancelled (see below), and they had remained off-the-air during that time as Infinity Broadcasting, their previous employer, held them to their contract as well as their non-compete clause. On XM Satellite Radio, O&A are no longer bound by FCC regulations regarding language and content, thus politically incorrect humor is common on their show. XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR) is a satellite radio (DARS) service in the United States based in Washington, DC and controlled by News Corporations DirecTV, General Motors, American Honda, Hughes Electronics, and several private investment groups. ... CBSs first color logo, which debuted in the fall of 1965. ... The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, created, directed, and empowered by Congressional statute. ...


Their XM show features Jim Norton as a host of the show. Jim Norton Jim Norton (July 19, 1968 - ) is a professional comedian who was born and raised in New Jersey. ...


Radio Show (High/Low)lights

  • Most famously, they created Whip'em Out Wednesdays (WOW) in May 1995, where they encourage women to flash motorists who have a WOW bumper sticker. In the absence of a bumper sticker, Opie and Anthony have suggested writing WOW on their dirty cars using their hands. Eventually, WOW applied to any day of the week ("Whip'em Out Whenever").
  • They also invented the Tuesday Night Hummer Club where they encouraged their female listeners to perform fellatio on their significant others.
  • Among their frequent bits include "What Did We Learn", where the listeners call in during the last few minutes of the show and say what they learned from the shockjocks that day.
  • They were fired in Boston after they pulled an April Fool's Day prank, telling their listeners the Mayor of Boston (Thomas Menino) died in a car accident (1998) while the mayor was away vacationing in Florida and was unable to be contacted.
  • While on WNEW O&A made a rare professional friendship with Ron and Fez of "The Ron and Fez Show." Ron and Fez followed O&A on WNEW. O&A frequently appeared on the Ron and Fez Show. These came to be known as the AFRO Shows (Anthony-Fez-Ron-Opie).
  • They are professional enemies of Mancow, Tom Leykis, Rocko, Howard Stern and Don and Mike.
  • Several members of their crew (including frequent guest Lewis Black and third member of the show Jim Norton) were arrested for being on the see-through "Teen" Voyeur Bus where six young women were "flashing" all over Manhattan (2000).
  • On WNEW, O&A decided to send several people to a performance of The Graduate on Broadway. During the performance, O&A arranged for someone to arise from the audience and shout to Kathleen Turner, "Kathleen, put your goddamn clothes back on!"
  • From 2001 - 2002 the duo was syndicated on WJFK in Washington D.C., where they took the #1 rated timeslot down to 18th place in one book but in the subsequent books became #1 in males 18-35. When "Sex For Sam" happened they were removed from all of their markets, including Washington.
  • They are most widely known for being the "Wacky D.J.'s Who Had The Sex in The Church Stunt." This stemmed from an annual Sex For Sam contest, where listeners would perform sexual acts in different places around New York City at specific famous landmarks or tourist attractions for points, the winners being awarded a trip to Boston, MA and a party hosted by Jim Koch at the Sam Adams brewery.
  • When "Sex For Sam 3" took place on 2002-08-15, Opie and Anthony were suspended for the remainder of their contract (more than 2 years), and the show was cancelled. WNEW and Infinity Broadcasting were in danger of losing their FCC license over an incident where a couple allegedly had sex at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Opie and Anthony claim they were within the FCC guidelines for that day and claim that FCC rules are subjective and dynamic. This was one of the first instances of the FCC cracking down on TV/radio broadcasts due to susposed indecency.
  • On 2004-10-04, Opie and Anthony returned to the airwaves via XM Satellite Radio, where they control an entire XM Channel, XM202 High Voltage.
  • When Howard Stern announced that he was going to be going to Sirius Satellite Radio, he planned a November 2004 rally where he handed out free systems. About 30 O&A listeners attempted to crash the gathering of more than 1,000 Stern supporters, armed with placards and bumper stickers.
  • Since returning to radio, they often like to make fun of Scott Peterson, Andrea Yates, Teri Schiavo, and other allegedly tragic criminals and victims in the media.
  • During December 2004, Opie and Anthony re-appeared for the first time on commercial FM radio since they were fired from WNEW. WAQX in Syracuse, New York was the first station to bring O&A back to commercial FM radio. The show on WAQX was a rebroadcast of the previous day's show on XM and was edited for content. It aired in the Howard Stern show's morning time slot while he was on vacation.
  • On May 19, 2005, as part of their "Assault On The Media" campaign, where listeners are encouraged to get free advertising for the show by holding up signs during live news broadcasts, one of the show's interns, Nathaniel, stepped behind CBS 2 reporter Arthur Chi'en holding an Opie and Anthony poster. He was joined, through sheer coincidence, by Crazy Cabbie of the Howard Stern show, who flipped off the camera. After finishing the last syllable of his report, Chi'en turned to Nathaniel and yelled "What the fuck is your problem, man?" before the studio could cut to the pre-recorded segment of the report. The obscenity was aired live, and despite his apology, Chi'en was fired later that day.
  • Opie and Anthony refer to their avid fans as "pests", acknowledging their readiness to get under the skin of O & A enemies through assaults on the media, phone, and internet attacks (most recently on the Philips Phile show). The purpose of these assaults is to harrass rival radio shows by flooding their telephone banks with O&A fans, preventing legitimate callers from being able to connect. In addition, the prank callers will frequently attempt to use vulgarity during their calls; since broadcast radio shows cannot air such language, the host is forced to dump large portions of the show, effectively ruining the normal flow of a broadcast.
  • The most recent occurance of an "assault" on a rival show occurred in July of 2005. O&A claimed on the air that their "Assault on the Media" idea was stolen by Orlando, Florida radio host Jim Philips of the "Philips Phile" program broadcast on local Clear Channel Communications-owned WTKS-104.1 FM. Philips, who has only talked about the idea on air, claims he got the idea from the Newsbreakers, a group which performs a similar stunt. Opie mentioned on a later O&A show that the New York Times article profiling the Newsbreakers, from which Philips presumably heard of the group, acknowledged Opie and Anthony in its first sentence. Making matters worse, Philips stated on the air that the Philips Phile was the top-rated non-music program on XM. He cited a release his show received which claimed to be from XM; O&A's fans have indicated that this release was forged by one of their own. Eric Logan, Executive Vice President, Programming for XM Radio, went on the O&A show and said Philips's show was not the top-rated program and implied that he was not anywhere near the top spot. Logan stated that he had never even heard of the Philips Phile, despite the fact that XM carries the show. While XM does not have "ratings", Logan indicated that Opie and Anthony scored higher than the Philips Phile in XM's listening percentage surveys. Philips disputes that this person was actually Eric Logan, claiming that he sounded nothing like Eric Logan, and that Logan was indeed on vacation at the time. All of this prompted O&A to call for an "assault" upon the show beginning on Wednesday, July 20. On Friday, July 22, Philips contacted Clear Channel's lawyers and sent a cease and desist letter to Opie and Anthony requesting they stop playing clips of Philips's show on the air. He has threatened to sue O&A for violations of copyright law and denial of service. As of yet, no actual action has been seen besides the Cease and Desist.
  • O&A claim to hate the name of their XM channel, "High Voltage" and are trying to get it changed to something else. Internet rumors claim that they have suggested "The Virus".
  • Beginning September 12, 2005 Ron and Fez will broadcast weekdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET exclusively on High Voltage (XM Channel 202), with encores airing from 7-10 p.m.

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External links

  • OpieAndAnthony.com Opie and Anthony's official site
  • Foundry Music - Affiliated official fan site, created and maintained by Opie & Anthony producer SteveC. This site also caters to music and porn reviews.
  • OAUncensored.com - Keyser's own, the truth about Opie and Anthony
  • XM Satellite Radio - O&A's current employer.
  • Eatabullet.com -Official site of Jim Norton
  • Wackbag.com- Unofficial fan site & message board
  • OpieAnthony.NET - Unofficial fan site & message board
  • WoWfans.com - Unofficial fan site & message board
  • O&A virus - An unofficial collection of classic O&A segments
  • Cringe Humor - Contains interviews, columns, comedian profiles, audio and video files and links
  • Spread The O&A Virus - FTP Collection of O&A Bits.
  • O&A Army - Meeting place for the "O&A Army"
  • O&A Encyclopedia- O&A encyclopedia
  • Virus Radio- Best O&A bits
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