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."