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Wild 98.7's Orlando might be out for a week



From our more-serious media counterpart, Eric Deggans:

Charlie Ochs, Tampa Bay market manager for CBS Radio now says Wild 98.7's star morning guy and program director, Orlando Davis, will be off the radio for the rest of the week on a mutually agreed upon bit of time away from the show.

"We mutually agreed that it was time he take a break," said Ochs, who refused to provide specifics on why Davis was gone this week or why almost everyone else in his morning crew also missed work this morning. The rest of the crew is expected to return tomorrow.

Ochs also says he will go on Wild to speak about what happened Monday and today, sometime between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. As my friends at TBT's The Juice reported yesterday, Davis was yanked off the air yesterday -- seemingly after a dispute over upgrading equipment in his studio led to Davis nearly revealing Ochs' home telephone number.

I realize this could put a damper on my theory that this was an April Fool's prank. I guess I was hoping CBS Radio was too smart to mess up its relationship with the best-known hip hop DJ in town. But stranger things have happened in local radio, to be sure.

Here's hoping at least some of this mess gets explained tomorrow morning. ... 

Read The Juice*'s take on the flap from Monday here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:39am]


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