No Surprise, Medlin, Cowhead And Morning Staff Out At WXTB
March 17, 2006 at 10:16 AM (PT)
Following a suspension earlier in the week (NET NEWS 3/16, 3/14) CLEAR CHANNEL Rocker WXTB (98 ROCK)/TAMPA has turned PD BRIAN MEDLIN, morning man COWHEAD, sidekick PHATTY, and Producer AMY BOSSON's suspension into a dismissal for cause, relating to on-air content that drew some listener complaints.
COWHEAD told ALL ACCESS, "I was told in a meeting this morning that I have been fired for what they claim is cause. My agent ROSS REEBACK is handling this for me. I can't comment futher on this matter at this time." So far, no comment from anyone at CLEAR CHANNEL.
But, COWHEAD did comment last night (3/16) on Radio-Info.com. He was trying to explain an in-studio incedent with a stripper -- who dropped an F-bomb -- that everyone thought that got dumped but got on the air:
"THE TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL gave the wrong impression. This has nothing to do with the FCC. The FCC did not comment because they have nothing. I have not been fined, warned or anything like that. This is strictly an internal CC issue. I would love to spill my guts on everything, but at this time I have not even been fired yet.
"And to clear this up ... again ... when the chick on the air dropped the F Bomb and it went out over the air, I dumped that. I was then approached by Brian Medlin after the show who let me know that it went out, and when Spice and I told him we both dumped it, he checked with John McMartin in engineering. After checking some equipment McMartin notified him that it was an engineering error and that not only had the dump not worked that day, but that it had not worked all week because of something they forgot to do in engineering. Anything I dumped did NOT GET DUMPED because of an admitted engineering problem."
Until a decision is made on a new PD, CLEAR CHANNEL RVPP and Rock Brand Mgr. BRAD HARDIN and 98 ROCK MD MIKE KILLABREW will handle all programming decisions.
If you are looking for COWHEAD, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (813) 407-9959.