Rover has barked his last bark -- at least on 92.3 K-Rock. His popular and controversial morning show, Rovers Morning Glory
-- featuring naked fat men prancing in the street, stomach-turning bets, death-defying dares, as well as heated debates between the shrilly clueless Duji and nasally arrogant Rover -- is officially done.
Tom Herschel, the station’s general manager, tells C-Notes the decision was mutual and the result of unsuccessful contract talks.
“Rover has been with us for five years, and we really hoped we could come to an agreement to keep that going,” Herschel says. “But at this point, that’s not going to happen. Rover has chosen to move on. So we made the decision to move on ourselves.” ...
The station has already replaced Rover’s morning slot with a live feed of the syndicated program Opie and Anthony
, which the station previously aired in the afternoon by tape-delay.
“We just couldn’t come to an agreement on what he wanted verses what we were willing,” Herschel says. “We love the guy, he’s a friend. We wish him well.”
Rover had been casually chatting up the contract talks for months. He seemed nonchalantly unconcerned, like he was daring K-Rock and CBS Radio to give him the boot. It’s unclear what his motives are, although it seems unlikely he’s itching to ply his craft in a larger market. The last time he did that
, The Chicago Sun Times called his eight-month stint in the Windy City “one of the biggest bombs in Chicago radio history.”
On Tuesday morning, Rover posted an entry titled “Uncharacteristically Quiet”
on his website, prompting a flurry of comments from concerned (and not so concerned) fans.
“Many people have been emailing me wondering why we haven't posted any info about what's going on or what the future holds for the show.
At this time the show is still under contract to CBS. They've told us we can't talk about it, nor can we discuss what the future holds, or we'll be in breach of contract.
They're also holding the website hostage, saying we can't post anything here in regards to what's going on (who knows, they may even demand this post be removed).
Hang in there. You'll be hearing a lot more of us very soon.”
We’re trying to track Rover down to find out whom he hopes to be offending in the future. We’ll update this story as soon as we do. -- Tori Woods