Larry Wachs starts new Regular Guys show with Bob Whitfield at Fan 2 1230/106.3

Larry Wachs on his opening day at the FAN 2 (WFOM): AM1230 and 106.3 FM. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

This was posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Larry Wachs is back on the AM/FM airwaves for the first time in two and a half years on the Fan 2 at 106.3 and WFOM-AM/1230, which can be heard mostly in Cobb County.

Wachs on Monday, July 24, introduced his new Regular Guys show with a fresh cast. That includes producer Brandon Joseph, an Atlanta native and social media expert Kaitlyn Henderson, and former NFL Atlanta Falcons player Bob Whitfield, last seen on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” as Sheree’s ex husband.

“We are having a bro-mance,” said Wachs, who also brought back his phrase “pa-tee-tong.”

Whitfield made his first appearance on the original Regular Guys show on 96rock in 1998, Wachs said. They met up through a mutual friend a couple of years ago and got to know each other.

Wachs said he could learn more about black folks from Whitfield. Whitfield said he already knows about white folks. (Two favorite “white people movies” he likes: “Terms of Endearment” and “Moonstruck.”)

Wachs, 56, noted he’s the only white guy on his own show.

They had an interesting debate over Michael Vick apologizing after he said Colin Kaepernick had trouble getting a new job with an NFL team because of his hairstyle on top of him protesting in the form of not standing for the National Anthem.

Bob Whitfield dressed for the occasion. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

The still unadorned studios are brand new right next door to SunTrust Park. David Dickey, who owns the Fan stations, said he couldn’t launch the show until they moved to their new space. The Fan’s previous space sharing studios with Cumulus stations like Rock 100.5, Q100 and Kicks 101.5, was too tight.

Vinny Bucci, a contributor to the Regular Guys going back to 2010, came by to talk about the anti-CNN protest Saturday and WWE. Bucci said he was scared of a dude who called himself a “Trumper” “with a big rifle there. When Wachs asked who in the room would most likely be shot, Whitifeld figured he’d take all the bullets. “I went to the Trump inauguration. I wanted to see if he’d be shot,” Whitfield said.

Wachs has had three incarnations of the Regular Guys over the years (not counting a very brief moment on 640/WGST). That includes two stints on 96rock, then a run with Rock 100.5. He was let go in late 2014. He always had control of the name Regular guys so he decided to resurrect it.

Two of his former key members – Eric Von Haessler and Tim Andrewsare now on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB at 11 a.m. every weekday. “Southside” Steve Rickman remains at Rock 100.5 in the mornings with Wachs’ replacement Jason Bailey.

For a time, Wachs did his own “Modcast.” For a time, he didn’t think of bringing the show back but he clearly changed his mind. 

He is also dating Sandra Golden on sister station 680/93.7 The Fan from 9 a.m. to noon as part of the Front Row. (He recently subbed in for Brian Finneran.)

Producer BJ with Vinny Bucci (right). CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com


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