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Radio Flop Won’t Hurt the Rising Seacrest

Apr 28, 2003  •  Post A Comment

While Ryan Seacrest’s television popularity continues to soar with the success of American Idol and development is moving forward on his upcoming syndicated strip with Twentieth Television, Premiere Radio Networks is set to pull the plug on his syndicated radio show, Live from the Lounge With Ryan Seacrest in May, after less than two years on the air. The problem is low ratings, according to sources close to the radio behemoth, which also syndicates the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Rick Dees and Matt Drudge. The live weekly 90-minute show entered national syndication July 31, 2001, as a showcase for artists in “an intimate and interactive environment.” The show’s Web site already carries the message “Thanks for your past support.” The cancellation won’t affect development of the TV talk project, according to a Twentieth source, who insisted interest from stations is already sky high. There’s also no sign of Mr. Seacrest’s Los Angeles drivetime radio show on Clear Channel’s KYSR-FM being in jeopardy.