The OPEN LINE Show is hosted by Bob Slade and Bob Pickett. Open Line is a "live" call in show (1 hour) which airs on Sunday mornings beginning at 8am to 9am on WBLS FM - 107.5 on the FM dial, reaching the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut markets.

The Open Line Show has been called by numerous leaders and journalists as “One of the most important talk shows in America... Its impact is enormous,” and ranked by Talkers Magazine as one of the top 100 Talk Shows in America. Open Line is the most listened to talk show in the tri-state area with a 12+ share in its time slot. Open Line has won the 1998 & 2002 New York Metro A.I.R. Award for the “Best Public Affairs Show” in the New York Market.


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  1. WBLS posted on 04/20/2014 08:58 AM
    GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! We've upgraded providers so please get the word out that the best place to see the Open Line 2nd Hour is right here on WBLS.com/OpenLine!

    Thank you!!

    We'll be on shortly!
  2. Charles Turnage-Bey posted on 04/20/2014 09:13 AM
    it's all about proclaiming your nationality...black is not a nationality....
    1. Barent posted on 04/20/2014 09:21 AM
      @Charles Turnage-Bey agreed,anymore than Latino is a nationality. Latino/hispanic,are contrived demographic markers,that are both too specific and too general to be of much use; in any viable discussion on matters of history,race,class, nationality etc etc.
  3. Barent posted on 04/20/2014 09:15 AM
    How sadly appropriate,that the Arizona Diamond backs would not have any African-Americans. it's Arizona after all! to be fair,it's probably not at the top of the list, of places for ethnic folk to want to play for.
    1. nat turner posted on 04/20/2014 09:42 AM
      @Barent No ethnic player would be a fool to play in a state that just passes a new Jim Crow law this month.
  4. nat turner posted on 04/20/2014 09:35 AM
    What happened to the livestream video?
    1. WBLS 107.5 posted on 04/20/2014 09:43 AM
      @nat turner Hello Nat -

      We've upgraded systems - can you not see the stream above this comment box? Let us know if you're having any issues.
  5. EL posted on 04/20/2014 09:36 AM
    Great show about Baseball this morning !
    To bad your guess doesn't know, Eddie Matthews the great third baseman is or was White not Black.
  6. Suzysaywhat posted on 04/20/2014 09:57 AM
    I have been a listener of the Open-LIne since you have been on 98.7 KISS FM.
    I have really enjoyed the hard-hitting news you have given to us over the years. But I cannot believe that you have not covered the issue of Rev. Al Sharpton and
    his alleged spy dealings/informant for the the FBI. You guys use to have the juice, Just because he is a member of the WBLS family you cannot call him out.
    I don't care if it is my mother, father, sister or brother, and their is a story in the news about them. I would want them to set the record straight. You guys are BROUGHT AND PAID FOR and now I know because the OPEN-LINE has
    SILENCED this story. I have throughout the years look to you to BRING IT. IF
    THIS PROGRAM GOES OFF THE AIR, I WOULD NOT LEND ANY SUPPORT
    BECAUSE YOU do not represent us, you represent the powers that be. Just because Brother Sharpton comes on after your program, you say NOTHING ABOUT this issue. I know why, because Bob Slade is a flunky for Sharpton, why would he talk about somebody who works for him. He has been giving Slade flunky jobs on the side ever since he was let go from 98.7KISS FM. He
    was just the MC at National Action Network Conference two weeks ago. WOW,
    how could you do this to your loyal listeners. We have come to depend on you for the "REAL DEAL." I know if MTUME was on the air, he would as LEAST had DIALOGUE about this issue. YOU GUY SAID N.O.T. H. I. N. G. Bob Pickett should know better, he is a former judge. I really was look at how
    he would view this from a legal point of view with respect to the tape.Sharpton made that about a drug dealing. I was look so forward to how you would view this. I am a newcomer to this information, so are millions of other babies borned in the 80's 90's and 2000. We are new to these allegations. You need to let US know what the deal is, don't assume that we KNOW. Everybody does not listen to or KNOW everything at the same time. I know of Jesus, but I have never met him, I know of Malcoln, Martin, and many other through the teachings of others. This is what history is all about. We learn through books,
    writings, people etc. I will never been a fan of this station AGAIN, you have let
    DOWN the younger generation with your SILENCED!!!!! Martin Luther King once said "a lie will not live forever." SILENCE IS CONSENT.
  7. Juliette Joseph posted on 04/20/2014 10:30 AM
    On the first topic: Black and baseball: 1) Parents are not pushing their children. Parents do not want to work hard. They want something for nothing.
    2) Black Race: Before the white man conquest, Black was a color made up of various culture groups such as the Original Hebrew, people were identify by their cultural habits among the Black race. Blacks are shades of brown which we call chocolate, etc. Indians from India are black, but do not identify by their skin color. Hispanic which is a name of insult, tries to identify with a language, the language of their oppressor. Furthermore, the word or color black does not belong to Africa. You have black Asians, such as the Indians who identify themselves as belonging to a place or region not their skin color. We need to identify ourselves as belonging to a region of world=African-American We have a common history and experience and we need to use that to unite us. I myself prefer to be called African-American, though I am from the Caribbean. African my roots and American, I was born in the Americas that allows me to embrace all people of African ancestry. Our roots is Africa, and as long as we continue to identify by our subculture, wholistically we will never rise. The minority will continue to rule the world. Food for thought the only group of people who are not subdivided are white people. Among themselves they identify with their cultural group, but against all others they are just white.
    3) Black children do not know their history. Black people try at all turn to avoid talking about their history in public and private. We try to run from our past to make others comfortable. The same ones who want us to forget the wrong they have done. But we need to take a lesson from the so call Jews. It is not for them to remember, but it is for us to never make them forget. Our history is part of who we are, to forget and to deny our future generation part of their history would to set them up for failure, which is happening right before our eyes: The shooting, crime ridden communities, high rate of high school drop outs and teen pregnancy and absentee fathers and mothers, etc. Additionally, schools are not teaching black history, even the schools that have black administration, how sad?
    Shooting of the 13 year old= the community is responsible. According to two African proverbs: The destruction of a community begins in the home: no values, no sense of culture, no history, what do you expect. We have a poor sense of what is support for a child. I knew my parents had my back, but not for the wrong things. If I did something wrong they would be the first to turn me out. Parents think they are supporting their children when they support their bad behavior. If this children knew that their parents would turn them in to the public they would not do it. Where did that young man went and hide, in someone's basement. Why? Because he knew he could. Second: It takes a village to raise a child. The black community have moved away from this practice. Everybody wants to do it by themselves. We have absorbed white child raring values, while they are embracing our traditional values.
  8. suzysaywhat posted on 04/20/2014 11:00 AM
    You have just done an injustice to your audience members. As a Judge, your job is to seek out the truth.

    Take off them damn and glasses and SEE how you are being silenced. It is that bad for you financially? I see why MTUME left the show, he could see the writing on the wall. .

    Your show was horrific today. One can see that you and Bob are not at your best. You guys are doing a TAP DANCE.

    To be honest, in my heart, I love you guys. Their
    is nothing MORE that I look forward to on Sundays is hearing you guys. I miss MTUME and you guys on the Weekend Review. I would stay up on Sunday
    to hear the BEST Open dialogue on the planet. You guys were raw and I love it, because it was real and unscripted.

    WWRL is off the air, and I know Mark Riley would have some air time for this SHARPTON.story. Black Voices are being silence and WBLS is in the mix.

    Where is the fight in your spirits? You guys would hold town-hall meetings,. What has happen? You guys are strong brothers.....Brother Bob Pickett, as a judge you have to be a fighter. Is is worth it to get on the air and bring us a scripted agenda?

    I love you guys for all the work you have done in our communities, but YOUR WORK IS NOT DONE...

    Please, for all the shoulders that we stand on, don't let the powers-that-be silence your voice. YOU GUYS ARE SO MUCH BETTER THAN THIS. I know WBLS seems to be our only OUTLET, but their are other independent outlets like the internet. You already have a following,... What are you waiting for? This should be A wake up call for you guys.

    If you do not report on this issue next week, it will be the Open-Line's third strike. And in the game of baseball, you ARE OUT . This does not mean you don't get the opportunity to get another chance, it means
    YOU DO BETTER......AND GET A HOME RUN.

    I have cassette tapes from your days at KISS FM. I taped the last show you had on the air and I cried because show I knew that it would never be the same, because, they did not WANT you guy over on WBLS unitl we gave them
    HELL. Our dear brother Norman Seabrook told them he would pull COBA 's advertisements from their station and he did. What did WBLS do, they gave you your show and after several months, they changed the time and cut your show to and hour. A blind MAN could see that they did not want the OPEN -LINE THERE. Why are You GUYS hanging on a leash? The writing IS on the wall. It has been there SINCE day ONE.

    Mtume knew.....

    You owe your audience members the truth...... IF THIS STATION HAS SILENCED YOUR VOICES.... AND I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE,.... IT IS TIME TO HIT THE ROAD.

    GO OUT AND GET A BETTER PLATFORM, YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING

    GO PLAY SOME REAL BALL, WE WILL BE AT THE GAME.

    I and millions of other want our team back......

    PEACE
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