Friday, January 7, 2011

Kendel Ehrlich's WBAL Radio Show: OUT

The Baltimore 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.

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.

6 comments:

  1. In a region where professional talent availability is shallow, the hiring of a non-pro to host any airtime venue leads program directors to hire any one of aspiring candidates who need a platform to reach voters and raise profiles.

    The amount the Ehrlichs were paid at the beginning of their contract was outrageous from the get-go, and the hard times the industry faces only makes them look worse when the value the wannabe disappears.

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  2. Knowing Kendal, I believe her when she said she did the show because she really enjoyed it. She's also an AVID campaigner, and it's no secret the Ehrlich's don't really have a fondness for Mr. O'Malley, so I'm sure she was thinking about her political future as well.

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  3. "The Ehrlich's"

    Is that you Greg?

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  4. Couldn't be Greg because he'd know how to spell her name.

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  5. Perhaps this is the Final Scene of the Last Act of the amateurish Operetta I'd title "Follis Ehrlich," a frivolous somewhat sentiment story, filled with missteps and satire, with a plot based on the lack of common sense, political savvy or reality, highlighted by an endless number of jesters, fools, and buffoons invoking poorly spoken and frequently repeated dialogue from years past and comic antics such as Robocalls, repeated choruses of "We made money, we made a lot of money," ending with "Taps" rather than the usual light pleasant music.

    Exit, Stage Right.

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  6. sorry to say -- i could not listen to her -- she has a very annoying voice..

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