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7:56pm March 23, 2013

Locked Out: Michael Baisden Show Goes on ‘Hiatus’ on April 1

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By Kimberly Roberts for The Philadelphia Tribune

Michael Baisden, whose popular afternoon “drive time” radio show was recently dropped from the WDAS-FM weekday line up, has announced via his Facebook Fan Page that as of April 1, the “Michael Baisden Show,” syndicated by Cumulus Media Networks, will be in “hiatus.” According to a statement released by his publicist, Baisden, who “commands a daily audience of over seven million listeners,” states that he is “unable to discuss the particulars but concluded that a deal could not be made on mutually agreeable terms.”

The communication states that Baisden, now in his tenth year on the air, wants his radio family to know he did everything in his power to continue his show without interruption.

“We’re already planning to return to the air as soon as possible in a way that will give the ‘Michael Baisden Show’ a more direct relationship with our affiliates, and most importantly, our listeners,” cites Pamela Exum, his business manager.

In the meantime, the situation between Cumulus and Baisden has turned rather unpleasant, and Exum said in a written statement, “We regret to inform you that the “Michael Baisden Show” staff has been denied access to the Cumulus studios.

“Cumulus has instead informed us that it will run ‘Best of Shows’ through March 29. As you know, we were prepared to go on the air to show our appreciation to our affiliates, listeners and our advertisers, but unfortunately, we will not have that opportunity. We regret being denied the ability to thank everyone on air, but the decision is not within our control.”

At press time, a drawing of a large padlock with the words “Lock Out!” was posted on Baisden’s Fan Page, and the veteran broadcaster vowed to stay connected to his listeners through social media.

“The details about what happened are not important, what is important is that we stay connected,” Baisden posted. “I will continue to say good morning and good night and post encouraging comments on Baisden Live on Facebook and Twitter daily, along with those breath-taking pictures. I hope you won’t get tired of reading my post now that I’ll have more time on my hands. Lol.”

Contact Entertainment Reporter Kimberly C. Roberts at (215) 893-5753 or kroberts@phillytrib.com.



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17 Comments


  1. [...] Renegotiating contracts can be a tumultuous affair. That’s what syndicated radio host Michael Baisden learned after he and his staff were locked out of their radio studio, owned by Cumulus Media, this week, reports Politic365. [...]


  2. [...] Renegotiating contracts can be a tumultuous affair. That’s what syndicated radio host Michael Baisden learned after he and his staff were locked out of their radio studio, owned by Cumulus Media, this week, reports Politic365. [...]


  3. pull a Wendy Williams move, TV ONE OR BET.


  4. PEACE:
    Wow. I wonder what the heck happened!


  5. We currently have a Black president that won’t nominate Blacks to his cabinet? Obama has shown whites that they can hire white women, gays, Hispanics or anyone one else claiming minority status over blacks. If you believe I’m being critical look to see who he nominates as the next FCC commissioner. It should be Mrs.Clyburn who is black and the most senior in that department but shes not even being considered. Therefore I submit that we were used. We stood in line for hours and voted overwhelmingly for Obama but our issues have not been addressed. We are hurting more than any other group. Unemployment is 15% and hiring discrimination has somehow become acceptable but Obama has said nothing. So I believe it is time that we start to raise hell with this President who as put fewer African Americans in his cabinet than George H Bush and yes that was the first one. If he were white we would be marching from here to hell. So please start to raise your voice if not for you for our children and their future.


  6. An African American

    Can Pres. Obama confirm his own nominees or does the Senate have something to say about who is comfirmed? what are you doing to Congress whose is doing nothing but discriminating agaisnt Pres. Obama and the rest of us?

    Have you done some research on the number of nominees black white or brown which the Senate refuses to confirm solely because they were nominated by a Black President do something about that instead of blaming it on Barack Hussien Obama.


  7. I love u MB an miss u the hell outta u, radio haven’t been the same since u left us. Miss u love u forever a FAN.


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  10. thinking in terms of race only perpetuates the porblem that black liberation ideology seeks to end. The fact is that race has little to no biological significance because we are all human. The only way to end racism is to focus on the things we have in common. This is the point I am trying to make, because as long as the black label remains there will always be whites trying to counter or call it racist. Also, I am quite aware that it isnt exclusive? to black folks.


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