4.05.2012

WBAP's Mark Davis Unemployed?

I'm a talk radio fan, and it is on in the background almost constantly with me. And in the mornings, I'll normally have WBAP's Mark Davis on.  Despite my jabs at him from time to time (I actually had a letter to the editor in the Dallas Morning News  printed where I dogged him about his presidential prediction last time), I really like the guy. I think he's smart. He's not saying crap just to get the masses riled up (see Hannity, Limbaugh, etc.). He's honest: He candidly admits that he wants Santorum elected and that he attends a mega-church. And he at least tries to see both sides of an issue. He might be an arrogant nerd, but he's good at what he does.

But a substitute host showed up in his time slot this week without an explanation as to why. On his blog (which is normally dormant), Davis started firing off the equivalent of "random thoughts" this week which I thought was odd. He certainly wasn't on one of his many vacations. Then moments ago he released the above statement explaining his absence. His contract ran out and "we have been unable to reach an agreement on a renewal". What does that mean? Does he want more money and Cumulus said no? Or does the owner want to cut his salary and he's balking? Remember Belo cut Dale Hansen's salary and he gladly accepted it. And also remember that Cumulus, which owns KLIF, let go a morning talk show host on that station just two weeks ago. Throw in the fact that Mike Huckabee is about to launch a new syndicated show which is perfect for WBAP, and I don't know what to think.

The media, it is a-changin'.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, at least he's other gigs he's getting paid on! Of course, his newspaper job may be not-so-safe, what with all the downsizing in THAT industry! Boy, the media is-a-changing!

Anonymous said...

I was told by Jeff Bolton's producer that it was cost cutting on cumulus' part to get away from talk radio. They, however, still have their afternoon Chris krok on. It is changing and I don't like it. This all news stuff reminds me of the a.m. Radio my grandparents listened to in the 1970's. Awful and dry. Forced laughter, awful. Seems like they prefer someone not in the studio, no local call ins and no local commentary. Very sad.

Anonymous said...

Ha Ha The Fed-Ex driver and I were wondering the same thing yesterday! WHERE IN THE WORLD IS MARK DAVIS?

Knowing he had recently taken a vaca we knew that couldn't be it. We pondered the idea of him getting another divorce and so on and so on.


Now we know!

Anonymous said...

Wasn't this past week his 18th anniversary with the company???

Anonymous said...

What church does he say he goes to?

Anonymous said...

Mega church? Santorum? F him. Glad he can't spread his hate anymore. Just kill WBAP and put the ticket on that blowtorch.

Bfg.

Anonymous said...

Any change at WBAP is for the better. Now if they could just crowbar Hal Jay out of there...

Baylor Too said...

I don't particularly like Davis, but I remember when he first came on the air with WBAP back in 1992 or so. I was living in Waco at the time, and it was about the same time that WBAP picked up Rush Limbaugh.

If this is all about budget cuts, I just hope they have enough money in the bank to pay Willie Landum and Heywood J'Sumi.

Anonymous said...

Kansas City Star that's what I are!

Anonymous said...

This whole country is changing and it's not for the good. One day we might realize that we can't do every thing over the stupid internet. The internet has brought productivity in the country to an all time low. Just like right now, I'm at work and need to be working instead of being online. Takes a big man to admit he has a problem.

Anonymous said...

He was no Kevin Mcarthy. But then again, who is? Talk radio has come a long way in the metroplex. Now seems to be sliding back down the mountain it came up.

The Devil said...

I am suprised as many people listen to talk radio, when I am in the vehicle or in the office I want music. I can read the news, blogs, etc. on my time. Music sets a good mood going to, at, or returning from work.

Anonymous said...

Mark this under, WGAF

Anonymous said...

GOOD F'N RIDDANCE! He was the ultimate SOAS.

Anonymous said...

What, did he throw Clarice Tinsley into the pool, too?

Anonymous said...

"The media, it is a-changin" ???

The medium, it is a-changin'.
or
The media, they are a-changin'.

Anonymous said...

Davis was terrible, made me urp. Just something about that guy's voice made me want to "put one of these in his pie-hole".

RW said...

Management ,
Big mistake ! Mark is Absolutely one of the clearest thinking Minds in your Industry .

Anonymous said...

I've been listening to Davis since he came on WBAP, most of the time I've never agreed with him, it was always do as I say not as I do like it was ok for him to take his kid out of school for opening day in baseball but you shouldn't do it. Probably the same reason why I would listen ti that clown Keith Oberman when he was on or that confused youg man ( Rachel Meadow Maddow )
The one thing I will miss about Davis show is when he was about to pop a blood vessel or would yell " WE BOTH CAN'T TALK AT THE SAME TIME " Just my opinion

Anonymous said...

I feel we need Mark Davis as he added spice to the morning. We need someone who make us think pro and con about our local and national politics. I feel this is a way of silencing a voice that is needed and that scares me as there is enough of our freedoms being taken. A listener for now

David Schroeder said...

I will miss him. I no longer listen to WBAP during the 9-11 am time slot.

Anonymous said...

I agree with David above, I no longer listen to WBAP during that time slot. Why did they buy WBAP, if they don't want a talk radio show? We needed Mark to keep us informed locally as well as nationally.

Anonymous said...

He will probably end up teaching about AM radio conservative talk shows to kids who will never believe a word he says about an industry that is dying of old age and not changing fast enough for the new digital age.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear about Mark leaving. I listened to his show each day. I have tried to listen to Ben but he just doesn't have the snap that Mark had. I most likely will not be listening until Rush comes on each day. Good luck to Mark whereever he goes.

Anonymous said...

I do not care for the Ben guy or his voice! I will no longer listen to WBAP if Mark Davis is gone. I will read his blog and follow him on twitter. It is a shame we will no longer have his incredible mind and voice on local as well as National issues and could care less than Ben is going to move to the local area. It won't be the same and I will not listen!

Anonymous said...

Oh heck, one less pear shaped, long winded gas bag is off the air? Darn.
I sent Davis an email last year, disagreeing with him about his opinion about that asshole "wmd" g.w.b. and he got all uppity telling me that he makes a great living at what he does and I shouldn't be jealous about his salary. No, I'm not joking.
I told him that even though I was just a lowly attorney, I made a nice living myself, and I couldn't give a shit about his salary. Apparently wbap didn't give a shit about his salary either.
I guess "Miss the Mark" Davis can blame the Obama economy on his unemployment. Little did he know that one bigoted, closed minded, a hole could so easily be replaced by another one.

Anonymous said...

U are such a dip shit