FMQB.com is reporting that former VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth was back on the air this morning after being pulled by CBS Radio for the past two mornings. Well, "Dave" Roth was back, with some noticeable changes including the disappearance of his sidekicks and the over 40 different music beds that would rotate during his program.
"Actually, it's Dave Roth," the rock star-turned-radio morning man explained today (March 31) on his program. "There's a variation here. [I'm] no longer D Ro. We've been asked to get rid of the loops and the music and the general gang here."
Down to just his board-op Hutch as the only other person in the studio, Roth said he was facing "disciplinary action" if he didn't adhere to new "an entirely new format" set forth in a four page letter issued by CBS Radio, which included talk without music beds, more discussion of currents news items, and the introduction of sports as a topic of conversation. Roth said he would be fired if he continued to do his program as he had been and that CBS Radio would not be obligated to pay out the remainder of his contract.
"I wouldn't be surprised if they bring in a gal to read the weather or read the traffic," Roth suggested. "If I didn't know any better I would say they are trying to sabotage the deal, but I know they fully support and love me." He later added, "[CBS Radio CEO/President] Joel Hollander did tell me I needed to be flexible, but I didn't know he meant I would need a lubricant."
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