Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Radio show host Todd Schnitt signs new deal with Clear Channel and will stay on Tampa Bay radio

Just when it looked as if Todd Schnitt was wrapping up a near-20-year streak of appearing on Tampa Bay area radio, the longtime personality announced a contract extension Thursday with Clear Channel Radio.

The news that Schnitt would keep his 3 p.m. weekday time slot on WFLA-AM 970 comes just two weeks after Schnitt told fans on his Twitter feed that Dec. 18 would be his last show on WFLA. The change would have meant that Schnitt, who was once the area's top-rated personality with his Schnitt Show on WFLA and The MJ Morning Show on WFLA-FM 93.3, could have been off Tampa radio for the first time in 19 years.

Back then, Schnitt said he wanted to focus on the national footprint of his politically oriented Schnitt Show and industry experts wondered if Clear Channel had decided to get out of the Todd Schnitt business.

But on Thursday, Schnitt and Clear Channel executives trumpeted a new multiyear deal — neither side would say how long he was signed or under what terms — characterizing their past plans to part ways as old news.

"We got together and had a great talk, and we worked out a new deal," said Doug Hamand, vice president of programming for Clear Channel in Tampa. "I think (Schnitt's) in a happy place and so are we."

The biggest change at Clear Channel since the announcement of Schnitt's departure was a companywide layoff Dec. 6 that claimed several jobs in Tampa, including the one belonging to the man who was once in charge of programming at WFLA, Steve Versnick. When Schnitt's departure was announced, Versnick also revealed plans to hire a local personality to fill WFLA's 3 to 6 p.m. time slot.

Even though this news essentially means Versnick's plans were erased, both Schnitt and Hamand denied the two moves were connected. Hamand said he expected WFLA's lineup to remain stable for the foreseeable future.

"We came to a new deal," said Schnitt, who declined to comment in detail on his new contract. "I'm happy to be staying."

Radio show host Todd Schnitt signs new deal with Clear Channel and will stay on Tampa Bay radio 12/13/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's national security adviser, dies

    News

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the tumultuous years of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s, died on Friday at a hospital in Virginia. He was 89.

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, participates in Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on March 5, 2009, in Washington, D.C. [Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images]
  2. USF eliminated by UCF in AAC baseball; Florida, FSU, Miami win

    Colleges

    CLEARWATER — Roughly 16 hours after a ninth-inning collapse against East Carolina in the American Athletic Conference's double-elimination baseball tournament, USF returned to Spectrum Field presumably set for a reboot.

    It simply got booted instead.

    ’NOLES win: Tyler Holton gets a hug from Drew Carlton after his strong eight innings help Florida State beat Louisville.
  3. Pinellas licensing board executive director settled hundreds of cases without getting his board's approval

    Local Government

    By Mark Puente

    Times Staff Writer

    Eleanor Morrison complained to the Pinellas licensing board in 2015 that her contractor installed crooked walls and windows and poured too much concrete for her carport.

    Eleanor Morrison poses at her home in Treasure Island, 5/26/17. Morrison filed a complaint with the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board and later learned that its former Executive Director, Rodney Fischer, dismissed the case in a private meeting with the contractor.
  4. Report: Kusher wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

    World

    Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Donald Trump's transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, U.S. …

    The name of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's White House senior adviser, has come up as part of the Russia investigation. [Associated Press]
  5. Rays pitchers rave about Twins pitching coach, ex-mentor Neil Allen

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — There have been a lot of coaches who have had a hand in helping Chris Archer get to the big leagues and to the front of the Rays rotation, and as he took the mound Friday night at Target Field, he had reason to nod appreciatively toward the home dugout.

    In their third year with pitching coach Neil Allen, the Twins have been one of the surprises of the American League.