Harry Shearer's radio program Le Show, which airs locally on Sunday at 8 p.m. on WWNO-FM, was axed last week "effective immediately" from the lineup at its home station, Santa Monica, Calif.-based NPR giant KCRW-FM — and Shearer is looking for a new home base.
"Thus does public radio, in one more small way, come to resemble ever more closely commercial radio's way of doing business," Shearer wrote on his website.
Le Show, a staple at KCRW for 30 years, featured Shearer's mix of political satire, radio sketch comedy and music. After the levee failures following Hurricane Katrina, it also featured Shearer's barbed criticism of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a topic that was the subject of Shearer's 2011 documentary The Big Uneasy.
WWNO general manager Paul Maassen said the University of New Orleans' NPR affiliate intends to continue carrying Shearer's program but added he hadn't talked to Shearer about possibly making WWNO the new home base for Le Show.
"We have a great relationship with Harry," Maassen told Gambit. "We'll see if he approaches us." — Kevin Allman