Black Radio in New York City Suffers Blow as KISS-FM Merges with WBLS, Tom Joyner & Michael Baisden Shows Affected

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Black Radio in New York City Suffers Blow as KISS-FM Merges with WBLS, Tom Joyner & Michael Baisden Shows Affected

Black radio in New York City suffered a blow with the merger of WRKS, also known as KISS-FM and WBLS. The merger is part of a reshuffling deal as a result of Disney agreeing to acquire 98.7 FM (KISS-FM) from Emmis for $96 million. It will now simulcast as ESPN radio in the Big Apple. The change is set 12 a.m. April 30 and will operate under the WBLS call letters.

So, instead of having two urban radio stations in New York City catering to the black community, they will now have one. What does that mean for on-air personalities? Steve Harvey’s syndicated show, which is now heard on WBLS, will continue in its time slot, while Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden, among other hosts, who appeared on WRKS, will be gone. If you ask me, I would take Tom Joyner and his crew any day over Steve Harvey and his crew.

UPDATE#1: Michael Baisden has started a petition to get his show on WBLS:  Buffoonery Over Activism: Do we really prefer music and jokes over content?

Tom Joyner wrote the following on his Black America Web blog:

I will miss our tri-state family, but fortunately, thanks to technology and social media, we’re not really saying goodbye. We’re in touch in all kinds of ways, especially on the Tom Joyner app and BlackAmericaWeb.com. If you know people outside of the TJMS market, please encourage them to keep listening. And if they aren’t registered to vote, remind them that they can do it on 1-866-MY-VOTE-1. 

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  • Nomore

    I would also take tom joyner over steve harvey any day. Steve must have a nice expensive separation clause with the radio station.

    • http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com HinterlandG

      Maybe or he was just lucky to be on WBLS and not the station being taken over. Either way, Tom Joyner is a far more credible on-air personality in my opinion, along with J. Anthony Brown and Sybil.

    • Gardner Phillip

      What steve have is a coveted demographic listening audience. That translates into a higher advertising rate for the steve harvey show.

      • http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com HinterlandG

        Gardner — Doesn’t make him a better on-air personality than Michael Baisden, Tom Joyner and Kevin Brown.

  • Cynthiamoses

    i too would take tom joyner and his crew iam so mad cynthia from paterson new jeresy.

    • http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com HinterlandG

      Cynthia — All is not totally lost, you can listen to both shows via apps, but that still takes away the whole listening experience via the radio, while you are driving in to work.

  • Vze11if85

    What I find hard to believe is that Michael Baisden will not be featured.  In an election year?  How strategic.

    • http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com HinterlandG

      VZE11if85 – You have Disney to thank for KISS-FM going away. You can still hear Baisden on their app, but it’s still not the same.

  • http://twitter.com/BuffaloSoldier2 Rome

    How will the black community stay informed  on topics that matter to US with Michael Baisden gone?  No knock to Steve Harvey but he cannot bring the range of topics like Michael Baisden.  Sad day for black radio

    • http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com HinterlandG

      Rome — I agree with you about Steve Harvey. Tom Joyner is a far more credible radio personality than he is as well.

  • joan

    i am so angry that wbls did not pick up the tom joyner show ,and the michael baisden show. i hate the steve harvey show.i know hate is a strong word ,but that is how i feel about that show.to me,it is just stupid black radio.michael baisden let listeners know what was going on not only in the black community,but everywhere.if not for michael,we would not have known about trayvon martin,and other issues.well wbls,you have lost a lot of listners. i can get wdas radio station,so i guess i will be signing off from wbls,and listening to my cd’s and wdas. we need a radio station that keeps us informed,not stupid junk like the “strawberry letter”.what a waste of air time. if wbls wants to keep their ratings up, they need to consider getting tom joyner,and michael baisden back on the air.everyone i talked to said that they are done with wbls,so i guess i will be listening to my satellite radio,and i will see what am station in the area plays decent music. goodbye to wbls until u get tom joyner, and michael baisden back.  from a very angry former kiss listner…. joan 

  • Russellms

    I agree..I will miss Tom Joyner and his crew..they covered a lot of bases…current news,sports not to mention the health and money segments on the show..J.Anthony Brown and Sybil…the Yeng and Yang for Tom Joyner..Great Morning listening…No we a left to listen to Steve Harvey’s it all about Me and what I AM doing show. Sad!

    • http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com HinterlandG

      J. Anthony Brown is just plain funny, more than Nephew Tommy. Tom Joyner is a great on-air personality and has a record of public service to back it up. I know Steve Harvey has his foundation that does a lot for young black men, but I find Joyner a far more credible and trustworthy person.

  • Teddy

    WELL IF WBLS WANTS TO KEEP US IN BONDAGE,SLAVERY AND TOO FORGET ABOUT  WHAT’S GOING IN THE WORLD AND JUST PLAY MUSIC THEY ARE DOING A GOOD JOB THEY NEED TO PLAY OLD SCHOOL MUSIC AND LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE IN THE MUSIC,LIKE THE O JAYS, STEVIE WONDER AND OTHERS SHAME ON THEM WE ARE MORE THAN BASKETBALL PLAYERS ,FOOTBALL PLAYERS ETC… THAT’S WHY  WE AS A PEOPLE DON’T GET ANY RESPECT NOW ,WE COME TO FAR TO TURN BACK NOW,I THINK THAT WE ARE BEING TESTED AND WE ARE FAILING FALLING IN TO THOSE SAME OLD TRAPS

  • Marshalle Holt

    i will also miss michael baisden show, but let’s not be angry with the steve harvey show, it not there fault that they took kiss f.m. off. That what they want black against black.