Phil Rosenthal recently spoke to an understandably upset Tom Joyner for an article in today’s Chicago Tribune. The nationally syndicated Joyner, who was unceremoniously replaced at Clear Channel WVAZ (V-103) after 13 years this past Monday, speaks candidly about his firing, the importance of being on in Chicago and how audience data revealed by Arbitrons new PPM methodology is impacting programming decisions. The article is a good read from a newspaper in a town that Joyner has roots dating back to 1972, but it seems a little poignant to hear the tone in Tom’s voice. A man of his stature and an icon in the broadcast community resigned to calling himself the “odd man out”. That said, rumours persist that Reach Media will have “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” back in Chicago on Crawford Broadcasting’s WSRB sooner rather than later. Tom you do have an option.
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