The story may sound familiar. CBS is moving its Alternative music station to internet only. It's moving it's "Hot Adult Contemporary" station to the better signal vacated by the Alt-rock station. And plugging a new station into the frequency vacated by the popular music station. In this case, however, the new station will be sports-talk station -- "98.5 The Sports Hub" and the new morning show will be actually, the not so new morning show of Toucher and Rich.
When the news of WBCN leaving terrestrial radio broke there was much speculation as to what would happen to the on air talent.
“I thought we were going to get fired when our agent called and said I think you are going to get fired today,” said Toucher.
The fate of the rest of the on air talent has yet to be announced.
they may be changing stations and formats, Toucher and Rich assured
fans this morning that they don’t have to worry about any massive
changes to the show itself.
“This show is not going to be a
sports talk show per say,” said Toucher. “It is going to be very much
what it is now. We don't see a reason for [the show] to change.”
“We have been told that dating on demands, drunken recaps, all our popular bits will be the same,” said Shertenlieb.
Despite the furor over the demise of WBCN, T&R seem optimistic about the change.
“This is going to be a big, big thing,” said co-host Fred Toucher
during the broadcast this morning. “What I know about who they might be
binging in, this is going to be a great alternative to what is
currently out there.”
“And if everything goes in the direction we
are all hoping that it goes, its gonna be the show the way we have
wanted to do it, with no songs,” added co-host Rich Shertenlieb.
[Cumulus CFO Marty] Gausvik's nine-year run as CFO came to an unexpected end with the after-hours release issued Wednesday. The company disclosed that Gausvik resigned "to pursue other opportunities." We think the vague wording and sudden nature of the departure raises a number of questions about the operational environment at the firm.
Corbett also writes that Morningstar is "maintaining [its] fair value estimate" of Cumulus stock, which suggests that Morningstar analysts weren't overly concerned about those "questions." Although perhaps they should have been.
Cumulus President/CEO Lew Dickey Jr. spoke with Radio Ink
Wednesday, after word came out that the company is requiring all
employees -- from himself on down -- to take five days of unpaid leave
before June 1.
Since most Cumulus employees are at will, The Bert Show and Regular Guys may be among the few to whom this doesn't really apply, since they have contracts. Of course they may have been inclined (or pressured) to renegotiate their contracts out of solidarity with other Cumulus employees, but it seems unlikely that five days of unpaid leave during a ratings period is good for either party. Thanks to a loyal reader for the tip.
When U2'S new CD "No Line on the Horizon" came out last month, WRXP (101.9 FM) devoted a full day to the new record and the band.
So WRXP program director Leslie Fram says she found it interesting this week when U2 lead singer Bono, the beneficiary of this promotion, joined the call for radio stations to pay performance royalties every time they play an artist's music.