Last night, Nick Kayal – El Logo – who recently left 97.5 for a national gig on a joint Sirius-Bleacher Report station, tweeted that he would be co-hosting with Josh Innes on WIP this afternoon– one of the last in a series of pseudo tryouts to find Innes’ new partner after the Innes-Bruno show blew up in WIP’s face.
Late last week, Sirius-Bleacher report radio, originally a 50-50 venture that turned into a mostly Sirius-owned thing, took an ax to some of its talent, including Kayal and Philly area tweeter and CB hater Dan Levy, who wrote the following over the weekend about being let go:
BR Radio is changing in year 2 and the folks taking control at Sirius don’t want me, or most of us, to stay. The Morning B/Reakaway is dead. Thursday was my last show. I was told I’m being replaced by someone reading sports news. I hope he’s a robot.
I’ll spare you all the “thanks to the following people who helped along the way” stuff. But yeah, fi that’s you, then that.
This also means I’m done at Bleacher Report, as I hadn’t written anything for the site since March. This is twice in six months I was told my job is being eliminated, which is awesome to hear when I was the only person both times to ever have that job.
It was a wonderful opportunity at BR; how me and a handful of friends helped change a website with the worst reputation in the business into an unstoppable sports monster. Somewhere along the way, the place was magic. It hasn’t been the same for some time, and it’s not for me to decide if that’s a good thing or bad. It’s just very, very different than it was when we really got going.
At least I outlasted most of the magic.
Kayal had tweeted:
Well let’s get this over with… Yesterday was my final show on SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio. I was made aware of that after signing off. It had nothing to do with me or the show itself… When I joined the Channel in mid April it was a joint venture b/w Bleacher & Sirius. But after both parties re-negotiated their agreement, Sirius was given full control & decided to get rid of almost every show in the lineup. I want to thank both Bleacher Report and SiriusXM for the past 4 months and I hold no ill will towards anyone. I worked w/ incredible people. This is a cut throat business, and despite our shows success, execs make decisions like this. I’m well aware this business I signed up for.
So that’s why you’ll hear Kayal on WIP today as the station approaches a decision on a new co-host for Innes.
Quite honestly, expect Philly.com, which has learned that radio reporting can drive clicks, to break the news when WIP’s decision is made, because the station and Andy Bloom appear to have chosen the site as their personal mouthpiece in an attempt to control the message that was, apparently, getting just a little too real on the blog side. ONE AND ONLY MAESTRO: