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CBS confirms return of Opie and Anthony

Shock jocks, fired by network over cathedral flap, replace David Lee Roth
/ Source: The Associated Press

CBS Radio confirmed Monday that shock jocks Greg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia will replace rocker David Lee Roth in the morning slot that used to belong to the long-dominant Howard Stern.

Roth, one of several hosts picked to replace Stern after he moved to satellite, was fired Friday after barely three months on the air in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and four other markets.

Under the terms of an agreement between CBS and XM satellite radio, CBS will broadcast a three-hour version of the Opie and Anthony show from 6 to 9 a.m. EDT weekdays except in Cleveland, where the show will air from 3 to 6 p.m. The broadcast, which pits them against Stern on Sirius Satellite Radio, will be simulcast uncensored on XM. Opie and Anthony will continue to broadcast 9-11 a.m. exclusively for XM.

Additionally, CBS Radio stations in New York, Dallas and Philadelphia will stream the three-hour show online.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Opie and Anthony's syndicated show — which carried on a long-running feud with Stern — was yanked from terrestrial radio in August 2002 after they aired a live account of listeners having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral. They were hired by XM in 2004.