Michael Baisden, Roland Martin, Soledad O’Brien and Constance White have all either been fired or stepped down from their respective positions in the communications field. With their departures, the future of African-Americans in mainstream media is uncertain.
Michael Baisden announced via Twitter on Wednesday and Facebook Thursday that “The Michael Baisden Show,” his nationally syndicated radio show, was canceled. He stated, “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.”
The show, which ran for 10 years, will air reruns until March 29. Baisden also stated, “We may not have been given the chance to have a going-away party, but the welcome-back party is going to be the bomb.”
Although, Baisden will continue to be active through public appearances, his dismissal leaves an absence of the African-American presence on radio. Tom Joyner and Steve Harvey are the only African-American nationally syndicated shows on radio. (Atlanta Black Star)