Michael Baisden Starts Petition to Get His Radio Show on WBLS After Accusing Station of “Buffoonery”

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Michael Baisden Starts Petition to Get His Radio Show on WBLS After Accusing Station of "Buffoonery"

Michael Baisden’s radio show was a casualty of the merger of WRKS (KISS-FM) and WBLS, which was effective April 30. He and Tom Joyner have found themselves literally squeezed out of the New York City market, while Steve Harvey’s show remains on the airwaves in this important black urban market. Well, Michael Baisden isn’t taking this lying down. He wants the listening public to know what happened and help him get on WBLS. Here’s his statement:

Buffoonery Over Activism: Do we really prefer music and jokes over content?

After I received the devastating news on Thursday that 98.7 Kiss FM in New York was taking my show off and going to an all-sports format, I thought to myself: who is going to sound the alarm in New York when the next Jena 6 happens–or Trayvon Martin–or Presidential election? And who’s going to promote mentoring to save our children, and talk about domestic violence, and child molestation? When you come up with a radio personality’s name who can be trusted to consistently and passionately address these issues on mainstream FM radio, please let me know.

I don’t know about you, but I think we’re going down a dangerous path as African Americans, and as Americans in general, when we allow our voices to be silenced on FM radio while personalities like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and others continue to spew racist, divisive, and sexist language over hundreds of radio stations across the country. The public cannot be expected to act if they don’t know there is an emergency, they cannot march if they don’t know whose rights have been violated, and they cannot fight if they have been put to sleep by buffoonery and the repetitive recycling of what is often bad music.

Now, let me be clear, I have no problem with a radio station turning a profit; this is the advertising business after all. Our sponsors buy commercial time based on the ratings, but The Michael Baisden Show was the highest-rated afternoon urban adult program in New York at the time of this change. That’s a fact! And the show has been competitive in every book…or winning its time slot ever since I arrived at the station in 2003. How then do you explain every other show being moved to WBLS except this one? Is it personal or is there something more disturbing going on, a conscious effort to dumb down and silence any voice that uplifts and informs “The People?”

I have no desire to be the sore loser in this. If people prefer one programming to another, then you accept the outcome and keep it moving. But in these times of Republican policies that rob us of our voting rights and the legal system that is locking up more people of color than ever before, we cannot afford to have jokes and slow jams be at the center of our information outlets. Isn’t it funny that during one of the most critical times in our nation’s history, there are fewer African-American AM and FM shows giving information than ever before? What’s really going on, and more importantly, what can we do about it? Well, believe it or not, “The People” do have the power! Source: Radio Facts

Well, I’m not sure if this will work, but you have to give him credit for trying. Michael Baisden’s show was ranked pretty high in New York City but to call the whole process “buffoonery” won’t help his cause one iota. You can’t accuse the station you are trying to get on of being buffoons and be taken serious. We wish Michael Baisden luck and will keep you updated on this drama….

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 Michael Baisden Starts Petition to Get His Radio Show on WBLS After Accusing Station of Buffoonery
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.
  • http://functionalculture.blogspot.com Constructive_Feedback

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    Steve Harvey’s show remains on the airwaves in this important black urban market.
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    . But in these times of Republican policies that rob us of our voting rights and the legal system that is locking up more people of color than ever before, we cannot afford to have jokes and slow jams be at the center of our information outlets.  Janet:1) Can you define ANY distinctions in the IDEOLOGICAL and POLITICAL perspectives of:A) Tom JoynerB) Steve HarveyC) Michael Baizden?2) When the Jena 6 Bus Tour was seen doing a group ELECTRIC SLIDE – did you hear Baizden calling for SERIOUSNESS and not buffoonery?

    3) IF NYC is such a rich environment WHY aren’t there more venues to broadcast these 3 Progressive-Fundamentalist Democrat Loyalist shows into the metro area?

  • Jencare411

    I am outraged that Michael Baisden was taken off the radio in NYC. Is it  a coincident that  this  occurred  months before the election? Why is it that when the black community have a voice to empower the people; our oppressors find a way to silent that voice. 

  • Leslynjohn

    It is most disgusting, shameful  and also a slap in the face of all minorities to be stripped of one of the most important voices of our times.  Our status in life continues to be stripped of the little of what’s left of our meanest survival.  Michael baisden has presented himself as a ‘seeing eyedog and protector for our community as a whole’.  Respect his work and sacrifice.  Open the door to him.

    Leslyn John

  • Celeste

    Racial disparites continue to exist in the worst way. We need the voice of Michael Baisden back in our communities!! Where is the petition? We will get him back on the air!

    • http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com HinterlandG

      Celeste — Then if he really wanted to get back on the air in New York City, he shouldn’t have used the term buffoonery. I hear you though, he and Tom Joyner need to be back on the air in New York City.

  • Ed

    he is a fraud and a bigot and should not be on the air anywhere.

  • harcum

    I hope everyone who listen to Michael Baisden will help get him back on the air. send me the petition and I will do what I can. he is right , we are living in dangerous times and the information is power, anyone everyone let’s please help him get his show back. prayer changes things let’s form a prayer line. I will start it. Lord please send your angles down to help Michael Baisden program, the lord is my Shepard

  • katalystik

    I would say that “buffoonery” is the perfect word for the pigeon-hole media corps are trying to stuff Black radio into. If you look at the level of jestering that seems to be required of Black radio hosts then I’d say there’s a story they’re trying to tell & it’s not one of Black excellence. Michael Baisden, whether or not you agree with all he does, represents Black excellence & gets Black people thinking and focused on creating better futures.

    Personally, I’m tired of the buffoons.

  • Mike Greene

    Once again this has happened again, back in 2003/4, Tom Joyner was taken off the air and replaced with Steve Harvey! There is a message in these moves, certain people don’t want people like Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden on the radio putting out information that’s important to the Black community! Steve Harvey is nothing more that a puppet for these forces that’s trying to keep us in the rap/slow music that they thing we as a people want to hear! Knowing our rights and voicing opinion on our behalf is not what they want to happen! Stripping our most prized rights (freedom of speech, the right to know and the right to vote) is slowly being taken away, and those of you out there who think the Steve Harvey show is the way to go, you’re no better than the ones who are trying to bring us down!!

    • http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com HinterlandG

      Mike Greene — Those same forces are still at work. Most don’t care much for Steve Harvey, but that depends on who you ask. Me, I prefer Tom Joyner and his team.