Russ Martin Return Rumors Rev Up
June 3, 2010 at 12:57 PM (PT)
Could RUSS MARTIN be returning to CLEAR CHANNEL Active Rock KEGL (97.1 THE EAGLE)/DALLAS? The DALLAS OBSERVER's RICHIE WHITT, who is also a host at MARTIN's former station, CBS RADIO's now-Sports KRLD-F (105.3 THE FAN, formerly KLLI (LIVE 105.3)), reports that two sources say CBS and CLEAR CHANNEL are in negotiations to let MARTIN be released from his CBS contract, which runs until APRIL 2011, to take the job hosting mornings at the EAGLE, where he hosted mornings before moving to 105.3. WHITT reports that the plan would have CLEAR CHANNEL buy out the remainder of MARTIN's contract in exchange for CBS dropping its noncompete rights.
MARTIN has been off the air since DECEMBER 2008 in the wake of the station's format change and his arrest on a domestic assault charge which has since been resolved with a no contest plea and two years' probation that can result in the charge being cleared from his record. WHITT says that MARTIN could be back on the air as early as JULY.