Until February of this year I have spent the last 3 years at KWAM broadcasting my show at a rate of $6,000 per month. At the last of January when my year to year contract expired I was informed that the station had been contacted by some political forces that wanted to get me off year and was willing to pay 3 times my weekly @1,500 rate. I was told that to maintain my show I would now have to pay 3,000 per week and had two weeks before the increase would go into affect.
While I have been able thus far to pay the new rate thus far, I know that the station I placed on the map is robbing me which has led me to seek another medium to broadcast. i presently have two deals on the table one which gives me ownership and the other which gives me the option to broker the station for 24 hours a day seven days per week with the option to purchase. I expect one of the deals to close within days.
It is my plan to bring to the airwaves Memphis's first full time Blues format,"Giving you the blues seven days a week not just on Saturdays" This station will be very community involved and return the old days of radio where jocks have the freedom to use "The request line their talent and not be programmed by a machine. The station will also return"THE REQUEST LINE"
$156,000 with no ownership or even the feeling of loyalty is crazy, But I am thankful that their move is making me make a move of my own. My contract with KWAM ends in July and it is my feeling that had I stayed they would want another increase.
The Thaddeus Matthews Show is number one between the hours of 4-7pm having beat out Ben Ferguson at WREC and Jeff Lee at WDIA. At this site the video streaming which is down as the streaming company is creating new features, documentations shows that from February of last year to January of this year over 800,000 persons viewed the show on line.
STAY TUNED BECAUSE BEFORE LONG YOU WILL KNOW WHAT LITTLE MILTON MEANT WHEN HE SAID "HEY, HEY, THE BLUES ARE ALRIGHT