Sun’s David Zurawik reports that Kendel Ehrlich is suddenly leaving her Saturday morning radio show on WBAL, and will be replaced by Clarence “C4” Mitchell IV effective Saturday, January 8, 2011. Baltimore
On his blog Zurawik writes: “Miller and Kiernan said Ehrlich was making the move in an effort to spend more time at Saturday sports events involving their family.”
I heard rumblings about Kendel’s possible departure a few days ago. In fact, it was a topic of discussion at Congressman Andy Harris’s swearing-in on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, I’m told.
In any event, I heard from a source close to WBAL that things went down a little differently than what Miller and Kiernan told Zurawik.
In fact, Kendel Ehrlich’s contract was about to expire, and WBAL executives made her a new contract offer that was not to her liking. They were so far apart, in fact, that Kendel decided to walk.
I’m sure this is disappointing for Kendel, who – by all accounts – greatly enjoyed hosting that radio show both with her husband and on a solo basis.
In fact, Shannon Hoffman of the Capital News Service, who just last month wrote a story about Kendel and her possible future ambitions, documented her enthusiasm for the radio show.
She quotes Kendel as saying: "I'm certainly really focused right now on what I'm doing – being with the kids and the radio – at this point in time."
And, she writes: "Some said continuing the show is evidence of her political aspirations, but she said it was just too much fun to give up. 'I love the forum because I love the interaction with the audience and the ability to talk with people directly and unfiltered ... It's one of the more unfiltered mediums out there,' she said."
Regardless of why Kendel is suddenly leaving a radio gig she obviously loved, there is a big winner coming out of this. No, it's not C4. It's Bob Ehrlich’s erstwhile body man Greg Massoni. At least he gets his Saturday mornings back.