Opie and Anthony is an American radio show hosted by Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia that aired from 1995 to 2014, with comedian Jim Norton serving as co-host from 2001.
Anthony Cumia is an American radio personality and broadcaster who is best known as the co-host of the Opie and Anthony radio show with Gregg "Opie" Hughes that aired from 1995 to 2014, alongside comedian Jim Norton from 2001.
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Hughes first met Cumia in 1994 when he held a song parody contest on his night time show at WBAB on Long Island, New York.
Long Island is a large, densely-populated island off the East Coast of the United States, beginning at New York Harbor just 0.35 miles from Manhattan Island and extending eastward into the North Atlantic Ocean.
Parody music, or musical parody, involves changing or copying existing musical ideas or lyrics, or copying the particular style of a composer or artist, or even a general style of music.
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The pair hit it off, and decided to become a radio team.
The show launched in March 1995 in afternoons at WAAF in Boston, Massachusetts.
Massachusetts mass-ə-CHOO-sits; officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States.
Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States.
In June 1998, after an April Fools Day prank that had them fired from WAAF, Hughes and Cumia relocated to WNEW in New York City where the show entered national syndication in 2001 by Infinity Broadcasting.
The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States.
April Fools' Day is celebrated every year on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes.
Infinity Broadcasting Corporation was a radio company that existed from 1972 until 2005.
In August 2002, the show was cancelled for a controversial segment known as "Sex for Sam".
For the next two years, Infinity prevented Hughes and Cumia from being hired elsewhere for the remainder of their contracts.
In October 2004, Opie and Anthony returned to the air in mornings on XM Satellite Radio, a subscription-based satellite radio service, from New York City.
XM Satellite Radio was one of the three satellite radio and online radio services in the United States and Canada, operated by Sirius XM Holdings.
Satellite radio is defined by the International Telecommunication Union 'S ITU Radio Regulations as a broadcasting-satellite service.
From April 2006 to March 2009, the first half of the show aired nationwide on terrestrial radio stations owned by CBS Radio.
CBS Radio was a radio broadcasting company and radio network operator owned by CBS Corporation, and consolidated radio station groups owned by CBS and Westinghouse Broadcasting/Group W since the 1920s and Infinity Brodcasting since the 1970s.
On July 3, 2014, the show ended after SiriusXM fired Cumia for a series of tweets that it claimed were "racially-charged and hate-filled".
Hughes and Norton teamed to host Opie with Jim Norton and Cumia launched his own show, The Anthony Cumia Show.
The Anthony Cumia Show is an American audio and video podcast hosted by radio personality Anthony Cumia which aired on his subscription-based online streaming platform, Compound Media.