David Lee Roth Not Out; Returning To The Air On Friday
March 29, 2006 at 10:05 AM (PT)
When the word came down yesterday advising CBS stations that DAVID LEE ROTH would not be on the air today, ALL ACCESS reported that info, and it set off 100,000 tons of speculation that DLR was gonna walk the plank. Emails to CBS for DLR's status went unanswered ... until just now.
CBS VP/Communications KAREN MATEO told ALL ACCESS: "Contrary to erroneous reports, DAVID LEE ROTH has not been let go. He is on his way back from MIAMI and is scheduled to return to the air on FRIDAY." Mystery solved.
So, what did DLR affiliates do on short notice?
CBS RADIO Talk WFNY (92.3 FREE-FM)/NEW YORK's midday duo JV and ELVIS filled in for the absent DAVID LEE ROTH.
They were also heard on ROTH's affiliates in PHILADELPHIA, DALLAS, CLEVELAND, and PITTSBURGH. In BOSTON, Alternative WBCN aired music hosted by MD DAN O'BRIEN. At Alternative WPBZ/WEST PALM BEACH, board op/traffic dude TRE hosted "THE MORNING BUZZ."
WFNY night host BOOKER covered JV and ELVIS' midday show today. In PHILADELPHIA, WYSP midday host BARSKY quipped, "JV and ELVIS ran a little long ... which isn't good to do on your first day ... I mean your fill-in day ... now everybody will think I know something ..." Nice headfake!