In January of this year after paying $1250 per week for two years to broadcast my daily radio show George Bryant President of Legacy Media Memphis owners of KWAm called me into a meeting where he stated that political sources had come to him and wanted me off air and was willing to pay as much as 3 times my rate. Bryant stated that since my 4-7pm time slot had a greater value with this offer my weekly rate would increase to $3000 per week.
This very much angered me knowing that KWAM was not even on the map until my show started airing on the station, In fact we had just had the conversation where the Arbitron ration showed that my show had beat every talk show during the 4-7 time slot including every thing on his KWAm including all national shows.
While I was pissed and KWAM refused to allow me to reduce the show to two hours to save me money I signed a 6 month contract ending in August at the $3000 per week rate. The $3000 has been paid every week since including last week.
On Friday when I arrived at the station, a station flunky pretended to need something out of the station van leaving the door open so that I could enter. I now know this was to keep me from knowing that the locks to the building had been changed.
After my show on Friday By rant returned to the station with a show termination letter and copies of all my commercial spots in a envelope. The meeting if that's what it is to be called became very tense partly because I have a contract that ends in August and partly because Bryant took a check from me on Thursday for $1000 from a new advertiser knowing that he planned to end the show the next day.
The $1000 that I gave Bryant was to go on this week with the balance to be paid today. I had the $1000 in my pocket and since I thought we were all acting in good faith with him knowing that I was leaving KWAM at the end of my contract. Bryant acknowledge in front of station employee Cam Williams that he did in fact take my money knowing what his plans were.
At this moment I wanted to do some damage to Byrant for standing in my face and admitting that he had robbed me, But I could also see that he was baiting me to kick his ass in front of a witness so that he could call police.
I found out first thing Saturday from a politician that John Willingham came to him telling him at Jimmy Moore's breakfast that Ben Ferguson was replacing me. I also started receiving calls stating that KWAM had already removed me from their site and placing Ferguson there. I then found out that a meeting took place on Saturday morning at the station where Ferguson, Bryant and their station consultant Tony Yoakam all met to prepare for today.
The reason that Bryant states that my show is being terminated is that, He claims that I have had two FCC complaints which he can not show me, And that I am not living up to KWAM's program policy. First of all I would be surprised that I would have had only 2 FCC complaints in 3 years giving the nature of the show but if that was true their is a due process for that. Secondly I have never seen a KWAM programming policy. Then he states that the station wants to go into a new direction. How is replacing one controversial with another a "new direction"?
But the total fact of the matter is that I have a contract and their reasoning does not hold water. It can now be proven that KWAM and George Bryant conspired to breach my contract which is why I will be in court this morning seeking an injunction against Bryant and Legacy media to seek to force them to honor the contract. I am also suing Bryant and Legacy for $500,000 in damages.
The point of the increase was to force me off the air during the political season. but Bryant did not realize that with the popularity of the show that i would be able to maintain the weekly rate of $3000. Republican and the Tea Party which has also purchased time need me off the air before Tuesday's election and before August General election.
I also wonder how Ferguson can go on air when every other employee of Clear Channel has a 6 month non compete clause. But whatever the issue is KWAM will have to do battle with me. It is my plan to have a new station on the air very shortly, In fact the station will be a 24/7 All Blues station. The deal has been signed and the building has been leased in The Pinch District. Bryant is fully aware that I was leaving but I intended to honor my contract.
TUNE IN AT 4 THIS AFTERNOON TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS