Since community activist and syndicated radio personality Michael Baisden is no longer being broadcast in New York City on WRKS 98.7 KISS FM, he is now petitioning to get himself back on the air in the Big Apple.
It was announced last week that WRKS and NYC-based WBLS would be merging. The merger has left urban radio listeners in the New York metro area with just a single station, even though both broadcasters have been immensely popular with their audiences over the years, averaging well over a million listeners a week respectively.
Still, both companies were on shaky ground financially, and the decision was made that a single station would stand stronger as one entity. Industry experts have said that this kind of merger is common, because it is difficult for multiple urban stations to be successful.
In addition to Baisden’s show, R&B singer turned-radio jock Keith Sweat also lost his syndicated slot.
Baisden, who is a best-selling author, mentor, and motivational speaker, is hardly taking the recent shuffling lying down. He has started a petition to get his show added to the WBLS lineup, which includes the syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show.
If you are a Baisden fan and want his show back on NYC radio, sign the petition at Change.org. He is also urging fans to call the WBLS station to voice their opinion about the changes in a respectful way at 212-447-1000.
You can always hear Michael Baisden right here in Atlanta on Majic 107.5 / 97.5 3pm to 7pm Monday through Friday.