WDAE's Steve Duemig Off Air In Contract Dispute
March 20, 2013 at 3:59 AM (PT)
A contract dispute has CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WDAE-A/TAMPA afternoon host STEVE DUEMIG off the air, reports the TAMPA BAY TIMES' ERIC DEGGANS, and DUEMIG told DEGGANS that the station is "benching me and paying me. I’m still under contract; ready, willing and able to work.,,, I'm surprised. I'm planning on exercising my right to explore other options."
DUEMIG told DEGGANS that the deal allows him to talk to other companies 60 days before expiration in MAY, but that the station pressured him to sign a new deal before the window opened. He said that the move may have been intended to keep him from talking to new rival CBS RADIO Sports WHFS-F (98.7 THE FAN).
TOM KRASNIQI is filling in for the 3-7p shift at WDAE. DUEMIG's page remains on the WDAE website but the link to it in the "On-Air" menu has been removed. Overnight, DUEMIG posted on his Facebook page, "thank you all for your comments. nothing has been accomplished yet. but your loyalty and encouragement i want to acknowledge , i am still off the air until i think is a fair deal. And it is NOT about the money, no matter what anyone says."