Nationally syndicated radio host Michael Baisden is ending his radio show after more than 10 years.
“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 Always 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.Recognized as one of the most influential men in radio, Michael Baisden hosted, produced, and programmed the top rated and most listened to urban afternoon drive radio program in history with over nearly 100 affiliates.
He is also a TV talk show host; filmmaker and New York Times best-‐selling author with nearly two million books in print.
When Baisden was asked why he returned now after three years, he responded: “All the most important things that happen in my life happened at just the right time, and this is it!
Adversity can sometimes reveal your true purpose, and I found that purpose in mentoring and encouraging people through the airwaves.” Every since the beating death of Derion Albert in his hometown of Chicago back in 2009, Baisden has been on a one-man crusade advocating for men to become mentors.
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.