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Is iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Conspiring Against Michael Baisden for his Support of the Election?

Michael BaisdenMicheal 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 in the last presidential race. Bain Capitol, ’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.

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  1. I’m a proponent of local radio & never been a big fan of syndication,however,Baisden has created a vehicle which is steeped in the true tradition of Black Radio. The medium has historically been used to not only entertain but motivate our communities to action in an effort to elevate the socio-economic condition of audience. Baisden crusades for justice or shedding light on issues which otherwise would not be give the appropriate media attention.
    If he is being replaced as is the case in Philly, New York and others I believe he’s raised the bar to which they must at the very least meet.

    David Linton
    Living Legends Foundation

  2. baisden is an independent contractor, that’s paid by cumulus to do a radio show none of the stations baisden’s show air’s on does he have any say on the matter if that station drops his show, when baisden gets dropped from a major market he always stops short in his tone and that’s because he is smart enough to know you don’t bite the hand that feeds you, and that is cumulus, that right there should tell you alot of where baisden’s head is really at, doubt this is anything about some pimped up conspiracy from clear channel, truth be told bain and thomas h partner’s are ready to dump clear channel, we get to bent out of shape every time we lose a hustler like a baisden under the guise he’s being informative aka schooling us lol but, we go silent when real issues are at the heart of the matter in our local communities.

  3. I am a fan of LOCAL radio. I am sick and tired of a chosen few being the VOICE of an entire community. If I am in Philly, I want to hear a JOCK that knows and talks about PHILLY. I’m tired of hearing the same guy in PHILLY, CHICAGO, or where ever. Syndication only benefits the individual and the company that distributes the show. Why in the heck do I need to be concerned about places outside of my LOCAL area? While the show was great for a national audience what about the local communities like Chicago that has 500+ murders.Can the show address that NO!! Radio is most personal of all mediums and it should stay local. Syndication is great for “network tv” but it is terrible for radio. Radio should stay LOCAL. And I am glad that a person will get a job so that they can take care of their family.

  4. Long before Romney was a candidate for the presidency, iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel)’s political leanings were evident. It is no surprise that a media conglomerate that supports conservative politicians and benefits from their rulings has dropped a syndicated radio host from a different political camp.
    When then FCC Chairman Michael Powell changed the rules on media ownership, which allowed for more consolidation of media ownership, the stage was set for this type of censorship.
    Those who applaud this move in the name of localism are fooling themselves.

  5. BA, it was former fcc chairman William Kennard that signed off on the telecom act that allowed for monopoly ownership of the airwaves a bill that was presented by the then gop congress “1993” as a bill that would lead to more media ownership by women and minorities of course that bill was passed into law during the clinton administration the other black president.

    What is sad is that a large number in black america feel that if you get a little something then it’s better than nothing at all even when that something is keeping you from what you need and is proven to benefit you better, it’s like politics start local, not national but we turn out in droves for obama when our locals are still pressing with issues that are needed to be dealt with, now people who wanna look away from that are the ones fooling themselves it’s 2013 just because it’s demographic change in america doesn’t mean power is gonna say here u have the demo numbers now so i hand u off the keys to power, don’t work like that. All conspiracy theories do is keep u from the real issues front and center.

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