At 2:50 p.m., Baiseden Live posted in Facebook that the “Michael Baisden Show Staff has been ‘locked out’ of Cumulus Studios”.
Between now and March 29, 2013, stations that broadcast the show will be doing pre-recorded shows associated to the particular day. As of right now, the show currently on is the previous show about bullying that was aired live a few weeks ago and nothing has been stated about the ending of The Michael Baisden Show.
Michael Baisden would have celebrated his 10 year anniversary of the show this July.
In his new announcement, Michael Baisden offered some explanation as to the abrupt end to his nationally syndicated show. He stated “just because we couldn’t come to an agreement is no reason to drive the listeners, our affiliates, and our advertisers of only 9 days to say goodbye and show our appreciation.”
This implies that a contractual agreement could not be reached between Cumulus Media and Michael Baisden to continue the popular radio show.
However, most contractual disagreements end more amicably and will allow the departing company to ready their fans and inform advertisers. The unexpected and laconic ending of a very popular radio show and the obvious tension between Michael Baisden and his syndicator could be evidence of a firing.
Calls to Cumulus Media and ABC Radio have not been returned for comment. However, Radio Facts have stated that Cumulus was upset that Michael Baisden announced his departure before final negotiations. They did not name a source of this information and reasons for the ending of the show have yet to be confirmed.
Facebook and Twitter are blowing up with angry comments from faithful listeners toward Cumulus whilst wishing Mr. Baisden luck on his next venture. Mr. Baisden is still emoting a positive attitude although there has not been any official statement made by the beloved (and hated) radio host.
There still hasn’t been an official announcement from any media outlet in regards to the end of The Michael Baisden Show-a show that spearheaded major injustice and civil issues like that of Trayvon Martin to the front of the news cycle.
In an email sent to my colleague Michael Basiden goes on to state:Michael Baisden Commentary: It’s Not About The Job It’s About The Journey (Yes, I’m leaving radio)
Who would have ever thought that a black man from the South Side of Chicago, with no college degree, no formal training in radio, TV, or writing, and the youngest son to a single 17 year-old teenaged mother with three children, would one day lead civil rights protest and help to elect the first black President. Life is truly amazing!
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.
For years I’ve encouraged you to step out on faith to live your dream, to never compromise your principles, and most importantly, not to be afraid to try something new, but above all else, dare to be different. Well, it’s time for me to practice what I preach!
When I began writing books in 1993, my only goal was to have a positive impact and challenge people to think outside the box. In 1995 I took that leap of faith and left my job with a four-year-old child to support, three thousand dollars in my pocket, and a dream. And as strange as this may sound, there was never a doubt in my mind that I would make it.
Call it cockiness or confidence, but I was determined that no force on earth was going to stop me from realizing my dreams. And after five best selling books, two stage plays, two televisions shows, three DVDs, and one of the most successful radio programs in history, I’m just getting started!
No, it was not my intention to leave radio, I had plans for The Michael Baisden Live Tour, my 10-year anniversary party in DC in July, and I was looking forward to being on the air this summer to get justice for Trayvon Martin and his family.
But sometimes fate, the universe, God, or however you want to label that undeniable force, has it’s own plans. Someone once told me that the greatest experiences in life are unplanned ones. I guess I’m about to test that theory.
The details about what happened are not important, what is important is that we stay connected. 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
It’s been my honor and privilege to serve you everyday for the past 10 years from 3pm-7pm ET. No man on earth has more to be thankful for than me. Your support made it possible for me to take care of my family, invest in the community, and help inspire thousands of people to live their dreams. What’s bigger than that?
But before you go getting all mushy on me, this is not the end…it truly is the beginning, or as I like to say, it’s the next chapter.
I have already begun reaching out to leaders in the community to start building more mentoring programs and creating organizations that will allow us to network so that we’re prepared for the next Jena 6 and the next Trayvon, because there will be a next. Just because the mic goes silent doesn’t mean I will.
There’s an old saying that a man’s true character comes to the surface during times of adversity. Every stage of my career has been difficult, that’s the price you pay for standing by your principles and doing things the right way. I may not have the same paycheck come April 1st, but I will be able to look at the man in the mirror and be proud of the reflection that’s looking back at him, and that’s what being a real man or woman is all about, you must stand for something!
Although you may not hear my voice every day we can still stay connected. Make sure to join me on Baisden Live on Twitter and Facebook. We can’t blame, ”The Man” for our problems when we won’t even join a free website to communicate with one another to find out what’s going on.
The lights go out on Friday March 29th, so I’ll see you on the radio at 3pm ET tomorrow and every day until then to celebrate what “WE” have accomplished! And if there’s one thing I know how to do it’s throw a great Old School Party!
~ Michael Baisden
P.S. The only thing better than a going away party is a welcome back party! So, save a spot for me on the radio dial, I’ll be back sooner than you think. And when I do…it’s going to be hotter than ever!!!!
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