Is Furman FInished?
Is there no place on local radio for Andy Furman? That's what he thinks. He says his radio career is over.
"Certainly it is (over), if I want to stay in town," he says. And he wants to stay in town. Furman says he was approached by sports talk stations in Miami and Dallas after his contract was not renewed by WFTK-FM last month, when "SupertalkFM96.5" changed to "96 Rock." Faced with the choice of continuing in radio in another state, he has decided to stay here (Florence), where his wife is a teacher and two teens (15 and 14) are in school.
"I love it here. My life is here. My kids like it here. This is my home," says Furman, who moved here in 1981 to be the promoter for Latonia Race Course.
Here's the problem: With Cumulus dumping Supertalk, all of the local sports talk/general talk stations are owned by Clear Channel, which fired him without cause after 18 years in November 2006. He has remained friends with many at Clear Channel, but I can't see the company rehiring a guy it fired. I'm guessing he feels that way too when he says, "I've decided the radio chapter of my life is over. It was fun.... I had a good run."
He's looking for work in public relations, promotion, sales or marketing.
So here's what I want to know: Can you think of any radio station which should pick up Furman? And can you suggest sports teams or companies which would be wise to hire Furman? What would be a good fit for him?