Nationally syndicated radio host Michael Baisden is ending his radio show after more than 10 years.
His afternoon drive show, “The Michael Baisden Show,” has been one of the most successful syndicated shows in its day part.
The 49-year old author announced on Wednesday that he would bid farewell to the listeners this week.
“It’s not about the job, it’s about the journey. I have been grinding for over 10 years, fighting for the underdog, inspiring people daily on my Michael Baisden Live Page on Facebook and working my butt off to produce the best show on radio. I hope my fans miss me… because I’m definitely going to miss them,” Baisden said in a statement. “But this is not the end, it’s the Next Chapter!”
Baisden still vows to continue his Michael Baisden Live Tour with his co-host, comedian George Willborn. The tour typically includes seminars, networking social, a comedy show, and an “old school” after party.
“If the affiliates still want us to come to town, we’ll be there,” said Baisden. “There’s no reason for our relationships to stop, in fact, this is our chance to get on the ground close to the people where we belong!”
Sources close the show told AlwaysAList.com that the one-time TV talk show host had been in contract talks with his distributor, Cumulus Media Networks but the two parties could not come to terms.
On the Tuesday broadcast of his four hour radio show, Baisden openly griped about the business of radio in an ambiguous rant that apparently rubbed Cumulus executives the wrong way.
The author-turned-radio host had also been in negotiations with Radio One to distribute his show, but that deal did not pan out.
There’s now speculation that radio veteran Doug Banks could pick up some of Baisden’s markets with his syndicated afternoon show, “Doug Banks Show.”
There’s is also talk of Cumulus launching a new afternoon drive show with Atlanta radio vet Frank Ski.
UPDATED: Michael Baisden will not get to tell his listeners goodbye on Wednesday like he planned to. Cumulus has decided not to allow the unpredictable host to do a final broadcast.
In the radio business, its rare for hosts to share with listeners that they are leaving a show unless they are retiring and have good standing with the network. After Baisden’s rant about the radio business yesterday, sources close to the situation told AlwaysAList.com: “They didn’t want him anywhere near a live microphone!”
Baisden took to his Facebook page to accuse Cumulus of locking him out of the building. See his Facebook post below.