Drama In Detroit
November 15, 2007 at 5:27 AM (PT)
It seems the DETROIT sports radio world can't go at least a month without some major drama, writes THE DETROIT NEWS. Most of the fireworks come courtesy of CBS Sports WXYT, but CLEAR CHANNEL WDFN is stirring up its own share of craziness, and it isn't over yet. The station unexpectedly fired longtime staffers JAMIE SAMUELSEN, GREG BRADY and MATT SHEPARD, and other behind-the-scenes employees, as part of sharp budgetary cutbacks on NOVEMBER 5th.
The trio took their show, with CLEAR CHANNEL's permission, to FOX 2 last MONDAY, for a Web-cast version. CLEAR CHANNEL changed its mind, pulling out its non-compete clause on the still-under-contract BRADY and SAMUELSEN. So no more Web casts.
"We've been through a lot, more than we could have ever imagined," BRADY said. "It's been intense. From unexpectedly losing our jobs, to the amount of support and kind words from a lot more people than I ever expected, to now looking at my future and what's next. We all have families, and we need to take a look at all opportunities."
BRADY and SAMUELSEN hope to return to WDFN, the only home the "JAMIE and BRADY" show has known.