Radio / Opie And Anthony

The Opie & Anthony Show is a radio show hosted by Gregg "Opie" Hughes, Anthony Cumia and Jim Norton. The show, nicknamed O&A, originated at Long Island radio station WBAB-FM in 1994, when Opie, then host of the "Nighttime Attitude", invited Anthony in as a guest co-host after airing a parody tune from his band Rotgut, "They're Gonna Electric-Shock O.J.". The pairing was successful enough for the station to bring Anthony on full-time. O&A moved to Boston-area radio station WAAF-FM in 1995, and their stint at WAAF lasted until 1998, when they made headlines by getting fired after airing an April Fools Day fake report of Boston mayor Thomas Menino getting killed in a car crash. O&A next surfaced on New York's WNEW-FM, where their show ran from 1998 to 2002. This time it was an incident involving two listeners simulating sex acts in St. Patrick's Cathedral that got them kicked off the air.

After a contractually-imposed two-year hiatus, The Opie & Anthony Show moved to XM Satellite Radio in the fall of 2004, where they could do edgier, uncensored material. (They still had to deal with corporate policies and lawyers, however.) The show still airs on what is now SiriusXM, and had a brief (and edited) run on syndicated terrestrial radio from 2006 to 2009.

On July 4th 2014, Anthony announced he had been fired by Sirius XM after ten years of broadcasting. The show was then renamed Opie with Jim Norton. After a falling out, Opie and Jimmy began hosting separate shows in October 2016, while Anthony has been hosting his own internet-exclusive show since his firing.

Tropes that apply to this radio show include:

  • Ascended Extra: Keith the Cop's original role on the show was to occasionally provide them with homeless people for bits or give input on stories relating to policework. When Anthony started his own show in 2014 Keith was immediately made executive producer.
  • April Fools' Day: O&A were fired from WAAF in 1998 after announcing that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was killed in a car crash (he was still alive and well at that time).
    Anthony: You don't go to CNN for dick jokes. Don't come to us for hard-hitting news!
  • Awful Wedded Life: Ant's life in the '90s. He would spend as little time at home as possible to avoid his wife
  • Butt Monkey: Everybody on the show gets insulted and degraded on a pretty regular basis, but Sam and E-Rock get the worst of it.
  • Call Back: Old bits, jokes and references are brought up constantly. Also known as a "linger longer", as originated by radio personality (and Anthony impersonation subject) Doug "The Greaseman" Tracht.
  • Camp Gay: Former producer, the late great Steve Carlesi. Or O&A's caricature of him, anyway. "YESSSS!"
    • Chip but he will always deny it.
  • Chip Tune (whazzat?): At the beginning of their XM stint, the "World 1-1" music from Super Mario Bros. would be played at the end, signaling that time was running out for their show.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: In spades, especially Anthony who is prone to road rage, drinking, racism and profanity-laden outbursts of anger.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Anthony built a professional broadcasting studio in his basement so he could continue to work if he got fired or the show got cancelled.
  • Creepy Uncle: Jim Norton's Uncle Paul character.
  • Cringe Comedy: Well, when you describe your show as "Cringe Radio"...
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: A short segment called "Masturbation Memories".
    • There's also a parody of "Macarena" called "Hey Masturbator", which was done in the late Nineties and is regarded as Old Shame these days.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly done by producer Sam Roberts. (The main guys aren't exactly deadpan about it.)
  • Divorce Assets Conflict: The end result of Ant's marriage to Jennifer, a conflict she won by a landslide. He and Opie tried to withdraw half of the money from their joint account but she beat him to the punch and left him just a few dollars. He had to break into his own house to get his stuf back. In the end he ended up paying a large settlement and substantial alimony and as a result he hates anybody named "Jennifer."
  • Dumbass DJ: Jocktober is dedicated to finding and goofing on these.
  • Everybody Wants the Hermaphrodite: Well, Jim Norton would be fascinated, anyway.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": O&A sarcastically call one of their bosses the "Radio Wizard".
    • A former producer of theirs was known as "Stunt Brain".
  • Five-Man Band (yes, there's more than just Opie, Anthony & Jimmy on a regular basis):
  • Freudian Excuse: The boys all have some hangups and all of them can be traced back to their childhoods. Opie had a sheltered upbringing under an oppressive and mentally unstable mother (explaining his Control Freak tendencies), Anthony was raised by his occasionally abusive, neglectful, irresponsible racist father (explaining his emotional repression and political beliefs) and Jimmy had plethora of sexual experiences with other children as a young boy (explaining his sex addiction as well as his urine and anal fixations).
  • Freudian Trio: The show lost its counterweight when Patrice died, so instead of the race conversations being real, raw attempts to argue their way through some admittedly-hairy stuff, they became one-sided white supremacist rants. Opie (the Kirk in this analogy) just wants to get along with everybody and is too passive to really challenge Ant's beliefs.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The infamous "WOW", which stood for "Whip'em Out Wednesday".
    • And were it not for the bosses getting in the way, Run Around the Park for Erin. (You figure it out.) Female listener Erin proposed a contest in which she would run around a local park wearing a set of flag football tags, and whoever could catch her and rip off a tag first would win a prize. However, due to the Unfortunate Implications relating to the contest name, the idea was rejected by the management.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Attempted regularly during their terrestrial radio career (with some success - Kim Phuc, anyone?); now that they're on satellite radio, there's not much of a radar.
    • Oddly enough, the boys were able to get away with much more before the move to satellite. The FCC prevented them from swearing on the air, but outside of that they had free reign to do whatever they wanted. Eventually Friday shows became weekly events featuring drinking, naked girls and bizarre sex acts. By comparison, on satellite they can swear as much as they want but can't come close to the level of debauchery they had at WNEW.
  • Gun Nut: Anthony.
  • I Hate Past Me: Their time at WAAF, which is especially bad for Opie as for mysterious reasons he put on the persona of a surfer party animal who was at least five years younger than he really was.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun (tss, is that a pun that can't walk or somethin'?): Mostly delivered by Jim Norton's character Chip Chipperson.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: Jim's "Edgar" character, who is fond of deliberately mispronouncing words. "Appril Falls!"
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Jim Norton comes up with a lot of them, from the Pungeon Master Chip Chipperson, to the lecherous Uncle Paul, to the bombastic entrepreneur Ted Sheckler, to the lispy Edgar.
  • Man Child: As is often noted by Opie, Anthony has been seventeen years old for thirty years and his entire life revolves around "toys" (guns, big TVs, gadgetry, jacuzzis, etc.) in a big play house where he throws lots of wild parties. But hey, he can afford it, right?
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Anthony in spades.note  Al Sharpton, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Mike Tyson, Charlton Heston, Andrew Dice Clay, Tom Brokaw, you name it.
    • Occasional guest Jay Mohr also does a number of impersonations.
  • Mood Whiplash: Happens occasionally when a bit turns serious.
    • "What the Hell Is That" was a bit where listeners were invited to show off physical deformities and have them explained by a doctor. The jokes stopped when the doctor found what appeared to be cancer in a guy's mouth.
    • Lady Di spent the first day of her internship being mocked for her stupidity, ugliness and laziness. The second day was spent with Di becoming increasingly ill do to alcohol withdrawal and the boys realized that Lady Di is in much worse condition than they expected, is completely unable to function in society and is likely to die within a few years. Zig-zagged back on the third day when Di's shenanigans became so annoying and over-the-top that her miserable existence became funny again.
  • Moral Guardians: The show was kicked off the air for two years in 2002 after a stunt involving a couple having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Before that they were cancelled in Boston for saying that Mayor Thomas Menino was dead on April Fools' Day, and there have been other things.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Averted during the discussion about Grizzly Man, with everyone ripping on Treadwell for his stupidity and apparent Camp Gay qualities, expressing disappointment that the audio of his death wasn't included in the film and claiming the movie to be a fantastic comedy.
    Jim Norton: I wanna say that I mean this: I hate Tim Treadwell and I'm glad he's dead.
  • Nausea Fuel: "What the Hell Is That?"
  • Odd Friendship: One is developing with Paul Williams, who is the only celebrity they can repeatedly call at 4am (California time) without annoying (much).
  • One Extra Member: Jim Norton's been an official co-star of the show since 2002, but there's no push to rename the show Opie, Anthony & Jimmy. (Although he's jokingly suggested it should be called Norton & Friends.) Since Anthony's firing Jimmy has moved up to second billing on Opie with Jim Norton.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Opie.
    • E-Rock
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Bobo tries to stay in character (and hilariously fails) as the "O&A $10,000 Fugitive".
  • Our Product Sucks: It's one of their Running Gags. One example: Jim once proposed to call the replay of the show "Five Hours Of Complete Horseshit, Again".
  • Point-and-Laugh Show: There are a lot of weirdos who like the show and they are often invited into the studio precisely for this reason. They range from alcoholic bum Lady Di to Sandy Kane and the partially retarded Bobo. Of all of them, only Stalker Patti has managed to gain some dignity by being a responsible adult... but she is still goofed on.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: The bosses from the Radio Wizard up. They refuse to do anything to help improve the quality of the show or promote it, and any requests to improve the studios spend weeks or months working through red tape before getting denied for stupid reasons.
  • Potty Failure: Sort of. In 2006 "No Filter" Paul drank a laxative-type liquid, wore an adult diaper and deliberately soiled it in the studio... with really messy results.
  • Professional Sex Ed: When Ant was thirteen his father, terrified of him becoming a sissy due to his crying fits at school, paid his babysitter "Buzz" to deflower him.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: The opening riff of Rage Against The Machine's version of "Street Fighting Man" kicks off their show.
  • Really Gets Around: Both Anthony and Jimmy have an impressive list of conquests. Opie, on the other hand, is happily married (although the "Opster" put up numbers in college).
  • Reduced to Ratburgers: Actually, more like "Expounding on Ratburgers"... In 2000, they hosted a cooking competition where gourmet chefs made exquisite dinners out of rat meat.
  • Reference Overdosed: Shows are filled with quotes from Back to the Future, The Godfather, A Clockwork Orange, Star Trek, American Psycho, Death Wish, Platoon, The Shining, Pulp Fiction and practically any Robert De Niro or Al Pacino film.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Gather 'round and listen to the Jonestown Massacre tapes while Ant guffaws, "Fuck those kids!"
    • here's that, tss, in Auda-State or somethin'?
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Jimmy's character Regular Joe.
  • Shower of Angst: Patrice joked about needing one after watching Bobo play the "Up and Down game".
  • Start My Own: Anthony started his own solo show a month after being fired, broadcast in HD video from his basement.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Opie's the straight man to Anthony's Wise Guy.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: O&A's DJ friend Dru Boogie has taken show soundbites and turned them into dance tunes. Among the most popular ones: "Bowling For Behave", "Mimi Beardsley" and "Me Me Me".
  • The Alcoholic: Lady Di.
  • Token Minority: Frequent show guest Patrice O'Neal, up until his untimely death in 2011.
    • Lately DJ Whoo Kid has filled this role.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Anthony has expressed his affinity for Nazi memorabilia, but he'll be quick to retort that he's "a fan of the era".
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Sam and his wife Jess.
  • The Unintelligible: Frequent show guest Rich Vos. O&A keep a running tab of his mispronunciations.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Opie, Anthony, Jim, and guests Vos, Patrice O'Neal, and Colin Quinn all spend lots of time trashing each other. Despite that, they are all friends and use the show to plug their various appearances.
    • Subverted with Opie and Anthony, who maintained a working relationship but stopped talking outside of the show, and had a strained relationship long before Anthony being fired.

But enough of this palaver, let's get the show on the road!