Tim Brando Claims He's Banned From Appearing On Paul Finebaum Radio Network
Radio host Tim Brando yesterday said that Birmingham sports-talk station WJOX-FM “has banned him from appearing on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network because a new, rival station has picked up Brando's syndicated show,” according to Bob Carlton of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS. WNCB-FM, which went on the air in Birmingham yesterday afternoon and began full programming this morning, will carry "The Tim Brando Show" weekdays from 9:00am CT to noon. Speaking on his show yesterday, Brando said Paul Finebaum Radio Network Producer Pat Smith told him last week, "Your services are no longer required on the Finebaum network." Brando "blamed 'petty middle-mismanagers' at Cumulus Media and Citadel Broadcasting for the decision, not Smith or anyone associated with Finebaum's show." Cumulus earlier this year purchased Citadel, which owns WJOX, and Finebaum “filed a breach of contract lawsuit with Citadel that became public Thursday.” Finebaum said, "The bottom line is, this stinks, and I don't care what any of the suits in my company think." But WJOX GM Bill Thomas in an e-mail said, "Tim Brando is welcome as a guest on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network." Meanwhile, Finebaum announced that "he will write a weekly sports column for SI.com” starting tomorrow (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 8/31). In Louisiana, Roy Lang III noted “The Tim Brando Show,” which as been on the radio for more than 10 years, this week began airing on CBS Sports Network and “will be available to another 44 million homes.” The program “will remain in the same time slot and will still be available on satellite radio and Yahoo Sports Radio" (SHREVEPORT TIMES, 8/25).