Big Dog Duemig says his deal allows for negotiating with other companies 60 days before the agreement ends in May. But Clear Channel executives pressured him to sign before that window opens, perhaps to keep him from talking to rivals such as CBS Radio, owner of the area’s first FM sports talk station, Sportsradio 98.7 the Fan.
“They’re benching me and paying me,” said the 58-year-old Duemig, who told fans on Facebook and Twitter that he wouldn’t be on air Monday, after Clear Channel executives notified him at noon. “I’m still under contract; ready, willing and able to work.”
Executives from Clear Channel could not be reached for comment. But Duemig’s name seemed to be removed from the station website by Monday evening.