Michael Baisden has been forced to cancel a number of planned interviews, including one with Iyanla Vanzant. Baisden broke the news Thursday, March 21, claiming that he had hoped to end his radio show with a number of special guests next week, but was locked out of his studio and that said, the interviews will not happen.
"I was excited about next week's interviews with our affiliate program directors and general managers, celebrities, B Side artist, Rev Sharpton, Congressman John Lewis, Iyanla Vanzant, The President and First Lady, and most importantly, you, our radio family," Baisden shared Thursday. "Unfortunately, that did not happen so you will hear reruns through next Friday. Then beginning on April 1st, there will be another show on the air."
As widely reported, Michael Baisden alleged that negotiations between him and Cumulus Media fell through. Even with that said, he did not expect to be locked out of his studio, preventing a final broadcast, after ten years on air.
"We were unable to reach an agreement with our syndication partner Cumulus Media. This was not a hostile situation, sometimes parties have different ideas and visions about how to move forward. So, there is no need for petitions and boycotts," said Baisden. "My only issue was that after 10 years or discussing important issues like domestic violence, missing children, leading civil rights marches like The Jena 6, campaigning for mentoring programs on a 70 city bus tour and donating 350,000 of my own money, helping to elect and re-elect our President, and standing up to lead the rally for justice for Trayvon Martin, that I would at least be allowed to finish the show through next Friday."
In related news, Baisden is thankful to Steve Harvey for sharing his story and issuing support.
"Steve Harvey. Thanks for the shout out yesterday on your show. I wouldn't expect anything less from you. We have built a cool relationship over the past 15 years and I am proud of what you have accomplished. Unlike some of our other radio brothers, who shall remain nameless, you understand that if they can attempt to silence one of our voices, they can try to silence us all," said Baisden. "Thanks for speaking up for me, I love my people and would live on the streets before I sacrificed my integrity for the sake of a dollar."
All of that said, are you upset to see Michael Baisden's show canceled and, on top of that, shuttered without a farewell broadcast?
Michael Baisden's syndicated radio show aired weekday afternoons.