Susan Whitall of the Detroit News reports this afternoon that classic hits WOMC has bought out the contract of afternoon host Ted 'The Bear' Richards and taken him off the air effective immediately as part of a consolidation between that station and CBS Radio sister station country WYCD-FM 99.5. Just yesterday it was revealed that the final hour of Dick Purtan's radio program had been cut just weeks after popular Purtan's People members John 'Ankles' Stewart and Dana Mills were fired.
Plugged in for afternoon drive at WOMC, at least for according to the station's web site, is Dave Fuller who is also the 7pm - midnight host at WYCD. Beau Derek was on the air this afternoon on WOMC.
All of these changes can't help but make fans of the station wonder if its days are numbered.
CBS Radio Detroit is consolidating two of its stations: Country WYCD-FM (99.5) will move out of its Farmington space and into the Ferndale studios of "greatest hits" broadcaster WOMC-FM (104.3). As part of the consolidation, WOMC afternoon drive personality Ted "The Bear" Richards was let go Wednesday. "They bought out my contract," said Richards, who was severed from the station immediately. "We own the 'OMC building and our transmitter is there, plus it's actually a very large building, so it makes sense from a sharing of resources standpoint to put them together," said CBS Detroit market manager Debbie Kenyon... WOMC drops Ted 'The Bear' Richards (Wed, 4/22)