Micheal Baisden has 78 affiliate stations currently running his show, this past week, he was dropped from a major player WDAS in Philly. We asked sources at the station why and they said poor ratings and the show didn’t fit but Michael Baisden seems to think it was a bad decision to remove his show… others debate whether iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) is conspiring against the national host for promoting and supporting President Obama in the last presidential race. Bain Capitol, Mitt Romney’s (remember him) company owns iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) and we didn’t get many reports, to Baisden’s defense, of local radio shows being able to support President Obama during the race… nevertheless we quote:
Who is going to sound the alarm in Dallas, St Louis, New York, and now Philadelphia when the next election comes around, or when the next Trayvon Martin or Jena 6 happens? The Mornings Shows do a good job, but the influence of The Michael Baisden Show has been critical to bringing social awareness to our communities.
OH NO, lest we forget there is not one qualified trained radio person that can carry Baisden’s torch what are we going to do? SHAME on WDAS and iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) for this uncalled gesture. How dare the station try to improve ratings and localize the show. Baisden or at least his ego is a bit off the mark on this one but he did, at least, ask his fans to not call the station and go off. As a pro announcer with a LOT more experience on air than Baisden, I have to say his statement is insulting. Pro announcers could and WOULD do a great job of covering national topics if the corporations didn’t treat us like dumb robots and hire syndicated host to do what we should be doing. Might I also add, who is going to cover the LOCAL news and important events in the market? I don’t want to get started but to continue on Baisden’s plea to his fans he stated:
Please, Do not call WDAS being disrespectful or mean spirited. Vote with your support or lack of support for their choice of programming. Conduct yourself with class and dignity reflected by this show and our President. We will be back on in Philly, hopefully with WDAS, we don’t want to attack them, just demonstrate that we value our personalities. It’s not just business with us”¦it’s personal!
Unfortunately, this subliminal message, the complete opposite of what Baisden asked his fans to do when his show was canceled in New York did spark a response and people ARE calling the station and being disrespectful but many are also thanking the station for their decision too YIKES. As we all know in r a d i o… out of earshot, out of mind. On to the next.