The Associated Press
is reporting that rocker-turned-radio host David Lee Roth
, who accepted the no-win task of replacing ratings king Howard Stern
in January, was bounced from the airwaves Friday (April 21) after barely three months on the air in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and four other markets.
"I was booted, tossed, and it's going to cost somebody," Roth
said on his last show, intimating that his lawyers would go after CBS Radio
for the full compensation due from his reported $4 million contract. The timing of the move was interesting: It arrived just days before the Roth
show's first Arbitron numbers. CBS Radio
spokeswoman Shavonne Harding
said the company would have an announcement soon on its plans. She declined any other comment, and would not say who will replace the former VAN HALEN
frontman on Monday's morning drive time shift. Roth
said he was only told about the syndicated show's demise while riding in a car to the WFNY-FM
studios in Manhattan.
His replacements, in a hiring fraught with bizarre subplots, will be shock jocks Greg "Opie" Hughes
and Anthony Cumia
— currently available only to the 6.5 million listeners on XM
"Apparently we can talk about it now. So much for keeping a lid on this," the pair said Friday on their show's Web site. "'The Opie and Anthony Show'
will be replacing David Lee Roth
in several markets on CBS Radio Free-FM
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