Check out this blurb in today's Detroit News.
Two odd things happened in local radioland over the last week, leaving some scratching their heads:
WDFN:Rob Otto had former WDFN mid-morning host Brandon Tierney as a guest on his April 16 show. Tierney calmly ripped the station and morning show hosts Jamie Samuelsen and Greg Brady .
Samuelsen and Brady, along with others at the station, have frequently used audio clips from Tierney's WDFN days to subtly poke fun at him.
"Like I said, I've got my moles, I get e-mail," said Tierney, who is now at New York City sports-talk station 1050 ESPN. "It's a shame that two guys in the morning use it in a negative way. I've grown up. …
"I'm not dumb enough to think everybody back there likes me. The guys who host the (morning) show don't, not that they've said anything to my face, and that's OK. I think I'm a little more mature than that."
So what does WDFN do? Turn Tierney's barbs into a promo ad currently running on the station.
Huh? How does somebody -- specifically a person essentially fired after a contract dispute in 2003 -- slamming your current on-air talent make for good promotion?
WXYT: Station honcho Rich Homberg denies this job listing is current, but it was up on cbsradio.com until Tuesday afternoon. And I have the printout of the help-wanted ad.
His station was advertising for experienced on-air talent, with at least five years morning show experience in a major market.
The ad, posted to the CBS Web site April 9, asks applicants to send a resume (but no tape?) to program director Don Zampillo .
Given that John Lund is already on his second on-air partner, could there be something afoot with the morning gang?
"No, everything is fine, we're really happy, not sure where you got that, it must be old," Homberg said.
Homberg said all his major station talent is under contract.
Still, it's a pretty odd cyber-glitch.
I have known about the BT stuff for a few years. I personally don't think Jamie was a hater, but I don't think B.T. and Brady got along. Brady was pissed that BT got the Midday gig and not him, just typical back-biting in the radio biz. Maybe I will post more on this later.
The Homberg stuff is comical, he thinks his Air Personalities are stupid. How can a posting appear on April 9th and then disappear when it is noticed? I posted many job openings for CBS when I was the PD at WXYT and THEY NEVER MAKE IT TO THE WEB SITE BY MISTAKE. Each and every talent at WXYT should watch their back.
Rich Homberg detests talent, he thinks they are overpaid and don't work hard. On many occasions he had open disdain for talent, mocking them and calling them (including Deminski and Doyle) among other things, LAZY, STUPID, C-students. He is an abusive, lying, arrogant, mean person who continually throws his power around the halls at WWJ, WKRK and WXYT. Cross Rich Homberg, LOSE YOUR JOB.
Funny that he claims all his "talent" is under contract. That is true but the vast majority of his talent, including ALL the WXYT talent have 90 day out clauses for CBS. They can wack any one of those guys, give them 90 days pay and move on. Interesting that everyone at WXYT is being stone walled on a new deal as the TIGERS and Red Wings still haven't re upped with CBS. If the teams leave WXYT, the format is done and all the talent can be fired with very little notice. Too bad, WXYT has a lot of talent, good guys working there who have no choice but to be treated like dogs by Rich Homberg. How long will his awful management style be tolerated by CBS, do they care?