Michael Baisden: The Lights Go Out Friday

Michael Baisden: The Lights Go Out Friday


Taking a positive approach to the shocking news that his show will be off the air in three days, popular radio host Michael Baisden posted a message on his facebook page yesterday.

“I am proud of what I have accomplished with my life and look forward to what is to come next. Life is full of new beginnings, whether it’s a new relationship or a new business venture; change is the one constant…and we must learn to embrace it,” Baisden wrote to fans.

Lew Dickey

“The lights go out this Friday March 29th, you will hear “Best Of Shows” until then, but this is far from over. The only thing better than a going away party is a welcome back party!,” he concluded.

Michael Baisden has been listen to by over 7 million people for years. His facebook page has a whopping 695,994 likes — yet he will be off the air on Friday.

Urban Daily reported that, “there have been problems between Baisden and Cumulus Media (The company that has syndicated the show) for some time now.”  According to wikipedia, “Cumulus Media, Inc. is the second largest owner and operator of AM and FM radio stations in the United States, behind Clear Channel Communications, operating 570 stations in 150 markets as of September 16, 2011.”   The current CEO is Lew Dickey and revenue listed for 2007 was $243,922,000.

Baisden’s facebook page contained a post last week read that, “we were unable to reach an agreement with our syndication partner Cumulus Media. This was not a hostile situation, sometimes parties have different ideas and visions about how to move forward. So, there is no need for petitions and boycotts.”

The details of what the disagreement was between Baisden and Cumulus have not yet been made public. Cumulus Media has made no statement on that matter.