Drew Lane Disputes WRIF's Version Of His Departure
April 23, 2008 at 12:11 PM (PT)
No sooner had the official announcement that GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT morning co-host DREW LANE wasn't going to return from a personal hiatus to rejoin co-host MIKE CLARK, than LANE went public to angrily deny the stated reason for his departure.
LANE told the DETROIT FREE PRESS that he was "shocked and upset" when MIKE CLARK and the remaining members of the morning show intimated on-air that it was LANE's decision not to return. The reality, he asserts, is that as far back as 2004, LANE wanted to move the show to afternoons to spend more quality time with his wife -- who has been battling breast cancer -- and her children. "I have been telling MIKE CLARK since 2004 that I wanted to move to afternoon drive. In JANUARY, I made one final request to move, thinking the pressure of the current situation -- doing the show without LANE -- might have changed his mind. He thought it would be more work."
I understand them trying to have their success, and I wish them well, but why do they want to make me look like a jackass after what I've been through?
Earlier this morning, CLARK refused to comment on-air about the situation until he talked again with his now-former partner. Yet LANE insisted that, "In 2004, CLARK and I agreed we were going to move to afternoons in 2005. He changed his mind after I spent thousands recording our material and getting it out of the building. To suggest this is such a shock is mind-boggling. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, I worked without a contract to try to keep the show together, thinking that was more important than the daypart ... I understand them trying to have their success, and I wish them well, but why do they want to make me look like a jackass after what I've been through?"
The FREEP also reported that attorney MIKE NOVAK negotiated a multi-year contract extension for CLARK and producers MARC FELLHAUER and MIKE WOLTERS with GREATER MEDIA deal in 2006, yet LANE contends he wasn't informed about it -- even though NOVAK has represented both of them.
Predictably, LANE is already attracting interest from other stations in the market; he received one communique from an interested party from, ironically enough, NOVAK. "It is so sad after 16 years of such great success that your life changes when your fiancee gets cancer, which forced me to make some major life changes and you get a big boot ... as you go out the door."
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