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'Abdul in the Morning' show to end Friday

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Abdul-Hakim Shabazz’s morning radio show on WXNT-AM 1430 will be replaced by the syndicated "Wall Street Journal Report" on Monday in what Shabazz described as a cost-cutting decision made by WXNT’s corporate parent, Pennsylvania-based Entercom Communications Corp.

But Shabazz said Thursday morning that he plans to continue commenting on local politics via a new website and possibly a daily podcast. He has purchased the domain name IndyPolitics.org and hopes to launch new content on the site by Labor Day, in order to cover the Indianapolis mayoral race.

“What I’m trying to do is to almost turn that into the Politico of Indianapolis,” Shabazz said, adding, “There’s nobody doing that citywide.”

Shabazz said he still needs to work out a business model for the site. “How can I use this to actually eat?” he said.

Shabazz was told Wednesday that his show would end after Friday's broadcast. He broke the news that afternoon on his blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Shabazz, 41, began hosting “Abdul in the Morning” in September 2004, and though it typically drew a small audience, he claimed to attract many local and community leaders. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has said that he is a regular listener.

In the June Arbitron ratings, WXNT overall ranked No. 21 in the Indianapolis market.

“We’ve never been a ratings power house per se,” Hakim-Shabazz told IBJ in a February interview. “We’re more like The Economist. And our friends at WIBC are like USA Today.”

In the following videos from IBJ's "Leading Questions" series, Shabazz expounds on his approach to politics, his radio show, and widening his audience through social media. He also discusses his history as a stage performer.





Shabazz received a bachelor's degree in communications and journalism from Northern Illinois University in 1992 and a master's in public affairs reporting in 1995 from the University of Illinois. He earned a law degree from St. Louis University in 2002.

In addition to relaunching his commentary online, Shabazz said he will continue to teach at Ivy Tech Community College and work for the Indianapolis law firm Lewis and Wilkins LLP, where he has an “of counsel” position. He said he would also keep blogging at IndianaBarrister.com.

In the past, Shabazz has been an assistant appellate prosecutor for Springfield, Ill.; columnist for IBJ; stand-up comedian; voiceover talent and actor. He's also been a spokesman and strategic communications coordinator for the Illinois Attorney General's Office, an assistant producer/anchor for a television news program and a disc jockey.

Asked to describe his political views, Shabazz told IBJ in a previous interview: “I am a socially progressive capitalist pig. That means that I frankly don’t care what you do in the privacy of your home; just don’t ask me to pay for it.”

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  • It figures
    Stingey, eh? Not surprised. Muslim charities are among the lowest in their contributions and expenditures throughout the world vs. Christian charities. This would figure when your spiritual leader is a pedophile and serial rapist vs. a healer/prince of peace.
  • Have read reports confirming your opinion
    I agree with you. His previous behavior is, IMO, akin to Brizzi's. This radio station has a rather tweaked moral compass at times. They put people on the air who are not of good character to talk about GOOD CHARACTER. Yeah, right. Good choice, NOT!! Find somebody else.
  • Humility
    Perhaps if one would have shared the governmental 'consulting fees'. Afterall, you can't peddle influence using someone's medium without paying for it Abdul.

    Abdul's growing influence peddle with corresponding arrogance about it, his misinforming the public about how our government is being run, his constant race fights with black leadership and his pocketing our tax dollars for such 'consulting fees' made many sick to the stomach.

    Abdul should go back to Illnois, reflect on his poor behavior over the past years, and then repent.

    HUMILITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Who Needs Listeners??
      I guess WXNT doesn't really want listeners in the morning anyway. Abdul did a great job, and I look forward to hearing him on the air on a station that I can get without doing antennae like gyrations before 8AM.
    • Love how illuminating comments are
      It's wonderful to see that Abdul's detractors have spent so much time listening to him -- while they maintain that they disliked the show so much. Would they really hang out for more than a minute if they disagreed with the format (and couldn't stand his personality)? Or maybe they never really did listen, but are happy to smack him around because he never toed the Liberal line (break out the organized call-in campaigns...)?
    • it's all about the money
      His act has been portraying an arrogant, elitist snob. Maybe he really is one. Either way his show was interesting, although not nearly as entertaining as the Neil Boortz show which WXNT no longer carries live. Abdul's departure can't really be blamed on local managers. Their corporate bosses have told them to cut expenses, and with WXNT bringing in almost no income, Abdul became an easy target.
    • "What will the republican party do . . .? Who will give free political propaganda when he is gone?"
      The ones who have provided propaganda for several decades: The Star and IBJ. Who else?
    • Would have listened...
      I would have listened more if it weren't for their weak signal. I listened to him for the first couple of years and enjoyed his point of view and sarcasm a great deal. Over the past few years, it seems like the signal weakened and I could no longer put up with the static. M
    • Miss You
      I'll miss you in the mornings, but am definitely looking forward to your new website: indypolitics.net.
    • Free ads
      What will the republican party do without his show. Who will give free political propaganda when he is gone?
      • ???
        WXNT is ranked 21st in the Indianapolis market? Wow, I didn't know that there were that many stations in town.
      • Who now?
        Who will discuss inaccurate rumors and stories when Abdul is gone? What? Abdul actually tip a mere service person? That would be a first!!
      • Thanks AHS
        I stumbled upon this show a while back, maybe a little more than a year or two. I found it rather entertaining for my 20 minutes commute. Called in a couple times. Didn't think every second was worth listening to, but I enjoyed the dialog, guests and perspective, and will miss it a little in the morning. Good luck in your future endeavors.
      • Help Out the Fellas...
        Abdul, when the valets at the Columbia Club bring your car, it might be nice to throw a buck or two their way...just sayin'.
        • Thanks
          Thanks,you kept me entertained on my 54-mile daily drive to work.
        • Now I can listen to WXNT in the Morning!
          Obnoxious, arrogant, self-centered. Detractors describe Rush Limbaugh with these adjectives and he wears it well -- Abdul never did. Yes, he pulled in an impressive group of guests, yes he had good show concepts, but he was never a good host. With his skills and experience, I am sure there is a show that could use him as a producer.
        • Sounds familiar
          "He also discusses his history as a stage performer." Isn't that what politicians do?

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