Randi Rhodes' listener just emailed me to inform me that Randi hasn't been doing her show for the last few days, including today. He said he was trying to find other listeners who knew what was going on, but, after a full day of searching he found one other person who'd heard the show but didn't know what was going on. It appears to be a big mystery, although someone else suggested it might be a contract dispute with NovaM Radio.
While we're waiting to find out what happened, feel free to speculate on what happened in comments. I'll start:
1. It's just a contract issue with NovaM.
2. She got "mugged" again.
3. Blackwater thugs have extraordinarily rendited her to Uzbekistan.
4. Building a temporary studio at her rehab facility took longer than expected.
5. She's having a torrid secret love affair with Abe Vigoda.
UPDATE: Word is that she's going back to West Palm Beach to host a local-only show for WJNO.
UPDATE 2: In a voluntary statement, Anita Drobny of Nova M and wife of Sheldon Drobny says she can't say what's going on due to contractual issues, but (novamradio.com/live/rhodes_about.php):
...I want you all to know that Nova M has done everything we can to get her back on the air... All this is her choice; if she wants to tell you all what the issue is, then I hope she does, but I can't according to her contract rules...But I can tell you this I have wanted her back on the air. She's an amazing talent and needs to be heard... Randi now has to make her decisions as to what she must do with her career...
UPDATE 3: Sometime during the past few days, Rhodes issued a statement of her own. It's printed at green960.com/pages/blog.html?feed=313154&article=5009873, and rumor has it that it was transcribed from a note written using letters cut out of The Progressive magazine, which explains the use of capitals:
NOVA M RADIO HAS NOT YET CORRECTED THE PROBLEM THAT HAS KEPT ME OFF THE AIR DESPITE MY STRONG DESIRE AND READINESS TO BROADCAST MY SHOW. RESPECTING THE EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP THAT HAS EXISTED BETWEEN NOVA M AND ME, AND EXPECTING THE SOLUTION TO BE QUICKLY ACHIEVED, DETALIS OF THE DISABLING EVENT WERE WITHHELD IN GOOD FAITH. BUT I CAN TELL YOU THIS MUCH: YOU SHOULD NOT BELIEVE ANY STATEMENT IMPLICATING ME AS BEING IN ANY WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DISRUPTION IN THE RANDI RHODES SHOW. THERE IS NO TRUTH TO ANY SUCH MESSAGE. IN FACT, I DID EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO HELP NOVA M MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO RETURN... IN LIGHT OF MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS, MY SHOW WILL BE SEEKING A NEW HOME. I WOULD ASK FOR YOUR CONTINUED PATIENCE AND INDULGENCE IN RESPECTING MY RIGHTS DURING THIS TIME. YOUR UNWAVERING SUPPORT IS CHERISHED. THANK YOU.
UPDATE 4: NovaM has shut down! And, quicker than you can say "accountant licensed to argue before the Illinois Supreme Court", a new company has arisen to take their place, albeit sans Randi.
Posted in RandiRhodes at February 9, 2009 05:19 PM
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