The Andy Furman Fall-out
The Big One has clamped down. Big time.
Nobody at WLW-AM (700) is saying anything about the suspension of "SportsTalk" host Andy Furman. Our story for Friday's paper already has been posted on the Web:
It’s odd, isn’ it? The station were listeners can’t tell if a personality is just on vacation – or has been "suspended" – isn’t talking about this one. No mention of Furman on any show. No explanation as to why Furman hasn’t hosted "SportsTalk" since last Thurdsay. Not a word about why Furman was missing from "BengalsLine" Monday from Rick's Tavern. Nobody talking about why T.J. Houshmandzadeh has just vanished from the "Bengals Roundtable" show Thursday nights. No explanation why Bill Seg Dennison has been subbing since last Friday? Could it be permanent?
Usually Bill Cunningham would be yapping about how Helen Mays – the fictional Clear Channel boss he created – had suspended Furman for something.
Not this time.
One Clear Channel employee told me that staffers have been ordered not to talk about Furman. "It’s sensitive and we’re not supposed to comment. I can’t say anything on this," I was told Thursday.
Even Furman won’t talk. (When has that ever happened??) So it must be serious. Very serious. Maybe some folks at the Big One are learning a big lesson. We may know soon.
Your thoughts on Furman and folks at the Big One?