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Michael Baisden Talks about Life after Radio

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ATLANTA – NOVEMBER 10: Michael Baisden on stage at the 2010 Soul Train Awards at the Cobb Energy Center on November 10, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

Michael Baisden Commentary: A Man With A Plan And A Man Of PrinciplesI don’t understand why people get so angry when they get fired from a job or dumped in a relationship. Didn’t they see it coming? Or are they so caught up in the “vapors” that they develop a case of selective amnesia?

The day that someone comes to work for me, I tell them to start planning for life after radio. “What is your plan?” I ask them. And if we’re within 3 years of the end of a contract I have a meeting with my staff and tell them, “Start planning to leave, now!”When someone let’s you go in business or relationship, there’s no time for anger, that’s the time to execute your plans. That’s right, I said plans with a capital (S) because you’d better have a plan A, B, and C. And D, if possible.Today’s world is not the one our parents grew up in where you can expect to work 20 to 30 years in a factory, get a pension with benefits, and live happily ever after.

Those days are long gone! You better start planning for retirement at 25 if you’re serious about having enough money to enjoy your golden years!

It’s that serious.Life after radio for me is not going to be an issue because unlike many celebrities I did not spend my money on fancy cars, making babies all over town, purchasing big houses, and bling blinging with extravagant jewelry.

My truck is 5 years old, I have one daughter and she is about to graduate college next month, and instead of buying one of those huge “MTV Cribs” I invested most of my money into rental properties. As the saying goes, “If it’s on your ass…it’s not an asset!”We must stop being slaves to our possessions.

When we do that we put ourselves at the mercy of those who would take advantage of us. Stop showing off, being flashy is a sign of insecurity. Real wealth does not show off, it moves in silence.And above all else, we must set standards and stick to them. Yes, my radio career is over….FOR NOW!

And although I may not have the same paycheck come April 1st, I can look at the man in the mirror and be proud of the reflection of the person looking back at me. And that’s what being a real man and woman is all about, having your business in order and standing by your principles.Good Night Family – Michael Baisden


  1. I have NO reason to question the accuracy of Michael’s statements so I will only say well done and encourage others to start acting not thinking like him. I was on the other side of the business and I thank GOD I had a similar plan. Be blessed and remember to focus on what you can control.

  2. I am one of the professional broadcasters that was displaced when the Baisden show was picked up by my station. I was #1 in the afternoon when the unexpected, unannounced change took place. I saw Baisden at a function a couple of months after my involuntary departure, introduced myself and said “I’m the guy that you replaced”. He asked “what are you going to do now”? I replied “working part-time at another station”. In his arrogant, audacious tone he said “so you’re straight then” and walked away. It took everything I had not to slap the ish out of him. From #1 afternoon drive to 6 hours on the weekend and I’m “alright”? I’m sure this was the story of dozens of local personalities that were caught in the whirlwind of this round of syndication. I’ve heard him complain that he was not given the opportunity to address his audience before he left the air. How many of us were given that priviledge? That’s not how it works Mike. They call you in the office after a great shift and tell you “they’re going in a different direction”. The End. I never heard MB publicly express empathy, sympathy, or concern about the many professionals that were affected by his syndication; people with families who depend on those careers, people who lost their livelihoods. He’s asking people (Listeners) to rally for him?! We didn’t get the chance to “rally our troops”. You asked people to rally in NYC and were pissed at WDAS when they dropped you………..C’Mon man!

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