One month ago, former Van Halen lead singer -- and new CBS Radio/Free FM morning man -- David Lee Roth was on holiday for a week when his first morning radio rating trends from Arbitron started coming in. Being the replacement of Howard Stern, a lot of eyes were watching the results. And they didn't turn out good at all.
(5:30PM UPDATE AT POST END)
This week, the new numbers have been rolling in...and the results aren't much better. Still near the bottom. Once again, DLR is not around. And where's DLR now? Well, he started broadcasting his show from Miami Monday and Tuesday while also attending the annual Winter Music Conference. This morning, he was a no-show on-air...and the CBS Radio stations had to scramble. Free FM/NYC middayers JV and Elvis did mornings (with no explanation other than filling in for DLR) while evening show Booker and crew did middays.
According to AllAccess.com -- a radio and music industry news site:
[[ JV and ELVIS filled in for the absent DAVID LEE ROTH. They were also heard on ROTH's affiliates in Philadelphia, Dallas, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh.It's that latest question that has been asked among many radio observers. DLR's latest "Where's Waldo?" only makes it a stronger question. However, the biggest question: Do the listeners care DLR is missing?
In Philadelphia, WYSP midday host BARSKY quipped, "JV and ELVIS ran a little long ... which isn't good to do on your first day ... I mean your fill-in day ... now everybody will think I know something ..."
So far, CBS RADIO hasn't responded to a request for comment on the DLR absence. Will it be permanent? ]]
UPDATE AT 5:30PM: Trade newspaper Radio & Records has the following update on the search for "Where's David Lee Roth", saying he will return on-air Friday morning:
[[ CBS Radio tells R&R, "David Lee Roth has not been let go. He is on his way back from Miami and is scheduled to return to the air on Friday."Rock stars have their flaky reputations...and DLR sure is doing nothing to alter it.
Roth's unscheduled day off on Wednesday certainly didn't help the rumor mill cycle down for the past 24 hours. According to Roth's website, he's in Miami, reportedly attending the Winter Music Conference, and the rumblings emanating from South Beach claimed Roth didn't get any sleep Monday night and needed some time off. ]]
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posted by Chris Kennedy @ Wednesday, March 29, 2006,
- At 6:51 AM, said...
was DLR ever there?