Cain picks up where Boortz left off
June 4th, 2012
11:07 AM ET
6 years ago

Cain picks up where Boortz left off

(CNN) – Herman Cain's taking to the air waves again.

The former Republican presidential candidate will fill the spot left vacant by retiring radio host Neal Boortz, who announced his decision Monday on his program.

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January 18, 2013 will be the last day of "The Neal Boortz Show," which premiered on News/Talk WSB in 1993 and can now be heard on more than 200 radio stations nationwide, according to WSB.

Cain, who currently joins Boortz daily for a segment, will host his inaugural show on inauguration day, January 21, 2013.

Cain previously hosted an evening program on the radio station and jokingly thanked the over four decade long radio veteran Boortz for keeping his seat warm.

"Also, I am ecstatic that Neal has kept the radio host's chair warm for me all these years," Cain said in a statement. "He may be 'The TalkMaster,' but Neal's listeners know I'm the 'The Dean of the University of Common Sense.'"

The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza made a tumultuous run for the Republican presidential nomination last year, a bid that ended in December amid accusations of sexual harassment.

Boortz, known as the "The Talkmaster," said he plans to spend time traveling with his wife after his retirement.

"Believe me, this wasn't a decision I made lightly. I love this business and everything it has afforded me," Boortz said in a statement. "I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to be doing my talk show for 42 years."

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soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. FedSec

    Yaaaaaaayyyy!! That presidential run is gonna finally pay off in some ch-CHANG!!

    June 4, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. D

    Aw shucky-ducky!
    What's the dillio? Herm couldn't pull a gig at FNC, like all the other failures to launch? Poor guy 😦

    June 4, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Can't wait to hear the free pizza ads....

    June 4, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Mitzie

    While I didn't often agree with Neal Boortz, I knew he was very intelligent. Now we are going to be stuck with the self proclaimed "Dean of the University of Common Sense.'" That "common sense" was amply displayed during his run for the presidency. disheartening is this turn of events? Will have to keep listening to Sirius/XM and avoid Atlanta talk radio.

    June 4, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Nuihc

    ou along with all the others here insulting this black man are RACIST!!!! Why all the hate?? Oh wait, I know. The hate from you all is because Mr. Cain is black. You bunch of RACIST!!!!!!!
    So you are attempting to use race intimidation to prevent us from having an opinion of his views because he is black? you think he gets a free pass? forget it – I cant stand his positions and think he's an idiot.
    Now you liberals know how we feel about Obama, and you when you throw the race card at us.

    June 4, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |

    Bet you that Herb won't talk about the dirty tricks GOBP who sent the blondes his way.

    June 4, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |

    Too bad the unhinged GOBP sent the blondes after Herb. He could be on FoxLies instead.

    June 4, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Cain better make sure he doesn't make Limbaugh angry because if he does he'll be mowing Limbaugh's lawn.

    June 4, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. kayla

    so glad he's on the radio and not tv.the man is ugleee

    June 4, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |

    Good luck Herb. Watch out for those blondes.

    June 4, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Chico

    Amazing how the "accusations" against Cain have suddenly ceased.

    June 4, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Standford

    Cain’s is FAILED businessman; he didn’t start making pizza and then work to become the CEO. Just like Romney; Uncle Herman and some rich friends did a hostile and takeover of the pizza chain; he stole the business, closed half of them, and dumped the workers. Cain was asked to resign as CEO because of his poor performance, still failed to make profit! He is not well suited for any real responsibility, even Kneel Boortz Hate Radio. He is just there to give Clear Channel a token to cover for all the racists’ comments.

    June 4, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Just what radio needs, another right wing extremist talk show comedian.

    June 4, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. REG in AZ

    Everything about Herman Cain should prove to be a real negative for Romney. Cain's run to become the Republican candidate clearly showed him to be no more than a "puppet" for "the money" should they had backed him, a loud mouth that was without qualifications and only a will to do however his "strings were pulled". This is exactly what the majority should now want to do away with – politics controlled by "the money" who always aggressively seek to push this country further and further into being a two-class society with "the money" (1%) competing in having it all while the majority (99%) always looses more and are just given the subterfuge to con them and use and abuse them as "pawns".

    June 4, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. cyg

    What is he going to try to tell the truth this time? No?

    June 4, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. TomGI

    I knew he couldn't just ride off into the sunset. He's addicted to celebrity now. Hopefully no one will listen to his radio show (I won't) and he will get axed in under a year. I can't imagine what he will bring to radio that will generate any decent ratings. Maybe a 1 share. Anybody with some name recognition can get a shot but the advertisers won't stick with a show with a 1 share. Actually he may be doing the show for a flat fee per air shift with a 3 month contract, essentially for free.

    June 4, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. JCQueipo

    one small step for Herman, one giant leap backwards for women !!!

    June 4, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. flopflipper

    Cause conservative talk radio needed more crazy.

    June 4, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. BBPatriot

    Shouldn't this guy be starring on Divorce Court?

    June 4, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. Pat in IL

    I've never heard of Boortz and wish I hadn't heard of Cain.

    June 4, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. Jane

    So, all you folks who gave money to this conman (not to mention all us taxpayers who paid for his 'security' while running) - how's it feel to have bankrolled the job interview of a undereducated, overarrogant man who had No Intention of Winning or Serving?? P.T. Barnum was right.

    June 4, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Jay

    Those 45 seconds of dead air while Hermie tries to remember some basic "common sense" fact are going to go over real well on the radio. The producers better have the Jeopardy theme queued up for all those 'let me stare up at the ceiling in awkward silence while I collect my random string of thoughts' episodes.

    June 4, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Kent

    So, the Clayton Bigsby of the Republican Party is getting a radio show, didn't see that coming. /sarcasm

    June 4, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. .. a laurel and hardy handshake ........

    Remember Herman's words..............IT JUST DIDN'T HAPPEN !!

    June 4, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Jack V

    What a wonderful country that allows a person to go so far! It shows that being full of hot air is not a detriment in the least!

    June 4, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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