DeFede Exits WFTL
August 25, 2008 at 10:32 AM (PT)
JAMES CRYSTAL RADIO Talk WFTL-A/FORT LAUDERDALE-WEST PALM BEACH afternoon host JIM DEFEDE has disappeared from the station's website and appears to have exited the station.
DEFEDE, a former columnist for the MIAMI HERALD who continues as a commentator for CBS O&O WFOR-TV (CBS 4)/MIAMI, joined WFTL for 4-7p weekdays in 2007 after being let go at CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WINZ-A/MIAMI; his bio has been erased from the WFTL website and the station's programming lineup dhows 4-7p as "To Be Announced."
In an e-mail to blog RANDOM PIXELS, DEFEDE said that "Unfortunately I never meshed with the rest of the station so rather than continue working there, I asked them to buy me out of the remaining 14 months of my contract. We were able to reach a deal this week and my time at WFTL is now over. Leaving WFTL will free me up to do even more with CBS4 News. I wish the folks at WFTL all the best."
WFTL is adding a news hour at 5-6p anchored by GERRARD CAMPBELL and RON HERSEY, and shifting JOYCE KAUFMAN from 1-4p to 2-5p, with WESTWOOD ONE's BILL O'REILLY expanding from one hour to two at noon ET. TALK RADIO NETWORK's MICHAEL SAVAGE moves to live 6-9p and WESTWOOD ONE's DENNIS MILLER goes to 9p-midnight.