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Mark Davis officially out, Ben Ferguson officially in at WBAP
DFW.com ^ | 5-4-12 | Robt Philpot

Posted on 05/04/2012 8:01:41 PM PDT by Dysart

t was tempting to continue the Mark Davis update theme with this post, but that wouldn't really be fair to Ben Ferguson, who has been named permanent host of the 9-11 a.m. slot that Davis held for years on WBAP/820 AM.

Ferguson has been filling that slot for the more than a month since Davis left the WBAP airwaves in an apparent contract dispute. Although the release announcing Ferguson's permanent gig doesn't say so explicitly, it's official: this is the end of the line for Davis and WBAP, where he worked for 18 years. Davis has noted that his issue is not with the station but with its owner, Cumulus Media. (No sooner did I type that than I got a curt "yes" from a Cumulus rep in response to a query about whether Davis is indeed out. Awaiting comment from Davis, who has been gracious to DFW.com throughout this whole thing.)

UPDATE: Davis has just posted about his exit on his Marksworld blog. The post is lengthy and heartfelt, but for me, these are the key paragraphs:

"I received word this morning that regarding my status with them, they are 'moving in another direction.'

"As will I."

(Excerpt) Read more at dfw.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: markdavis
I usually agreed with His High Holiness on any given issue, but, damn, he is sure unlikeable. But after all, he IS Mark Davis and you're not. Wouldn't want him over for dinner, I'll tell you that. Suppose he'll pop up quickly enough on air somewhere- if not his own show immediately, probably continue as a regular sub on Rush and other ntl syndicated shows.

BTW his successor, Ben Ferguson, looks like he's abt 17.

1 posted on 05/04/2012 8:01:45 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

never cottoned to Davis. All of the pomposity of Rush with none of the humor.


2 posted on 05/04/2012 8:07:40 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Dysart
"Got kind of tired packing and unpacking,
Town to town and up and down the dial"

3 posted on 05/04/2012 8:07:40 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: Dysart

I think Cumulus has taken over a couple stations in DFW. There are quite a few changes in the radio market here.570 KLIF now plays promos that refer to it’s sister station WBAP.Several talk hosts and shows on 570 are now gone, Laura Ingraham is no longer on WBAP at night. IMO there is nothing worth listening to on DFW radio in the way of talk except Rush, Hannity, Levin and the over night( Midnight-5am) guys on WBAP.. Even Coast to Coast (former Art Bell) show is no longer in the DFW market.


4 posted on 05/04/2012 8:14:08 PM PDT by WP Lonestar (No matter where you go, there you are)
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To: Dysart

I think Cumulus has taken over a couple stations in DFW. There are quite a few changes in the radio market here.570 KLIF now plays promos that refer to it’s sister station WBAP.Several talk hosts and shows on 570 are now gone, Laura Ingraham is no longer on WBAP at night. IMO there is nothing worth listening to on DFW radio in the way of talk except Rush, Hannity, Levin and the over night( Midnight-5am) guys on WBAP.. Even Coast to Coast (former Art Bell) show is no longer in the DFW market.


5 posted on 05/04/2012 8:14:36 PM PDT by WP Lonestar (No matter where you go, there you are)
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To: Dysart

I think Cumulus has taken over a couple stations in DFW. There are quite a few changes in the radio market here.570 KLIF now plays promos that refer to it’s sister station WBAP.Several talk hosts and shows on 570 are now gone, Laura Ingraham is no longer on WBAP at night. IMO there is nothing worth listening to on DFW radio in the way of talk except Rush, Hannity, Levin and the over night( Midnight-5am) guys on WBAP.. Even Coast to Coast (former Art Bell) show is no longer in the DFW market.


6 posted on 05/04/2012 8:14:52 PM PDT by WP Lonestar (No matter where you go, there you are)
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To: Dysart

Does this mean he won’t be filling in for Rush anymore? Any time Mark subs for him I turn it off.


7 posted on 05/04/2012 8:18:09 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: iowamark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVh6aOwY08g&feature=youtube_gdata_player


8 posted on 05/04/2012 8:22:05 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: WP Lonestar

The Cumulus domination is not a good thing at all. I’m not sure what the answer is for free mkt guy...don’t want Big Bro to step in regulate but where’s the competition? This is a huge, top five mkt and it is doing poorly overall, revenue-wise. These certainly are not the salad days for radio, which is, by far, my favorite medium- next to Miss Cleo, of course.


9 posted on 05/04/2012 8:26:24 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart
BTW his successor, Ben Ferguson, looks like he's abt 17.

And he sucks too! Big time!!

10 posted on 05/04/2012 8:27:50 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Au contraire, I expect more subbing for Rush.


11 posted on 05/04/2012 8:28:57 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGHHHH!


12 posted on 05/04/2012 8:34:38 PM PDT by madrastex
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To: Dysart

It’s really strange now that Cumulus has the big 3 AM stations in DFW, KLIF, The Ticket and now WBAP......I never thought that day would come.


13 posted on 05/04/2012 8:36:49 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

When I hear the words ‘Mark Davis’, I reach for my remote.


14 posted on 05/04/2012 8:38:54 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: madrastex

Davis always got on my last nerve. Guess he stepped on his richard and wouldn’t take the money they threw at him.

See ya Mark, wouldn’t wanna be ya.


15 posted on 05/04/2012 8:40:32 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: madrastex

Davis always got on my last nerve. Guess he stepped on his richard and wouldn’t take the money they threw at him.

See ya Mark, wouldn’t wanna be ya.


16 posted on 05/04/2012 8:40:37 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: WP Lonestar

I used to switch between The Ticket and Jeff Bolton on KLIF during my morning drivetime......it sucks they got rid of Jeff, I liked him.


17 posted on 05/04/2012 8:40:50 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Any time Mark [Davis] subs for him I turn it off.

Ditto. There are too many good local host(esse)s to give a punk like Davis that platform. WISM/WIBA's Vicki McKenna is a step up from Mark Belling.
18 posted on 05/04/2012 8:46:05 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: WP Lonestar

DFW Coast fanatics should use KLBJ or KFI internet radio streams. I bought a Logitech Squeezebox internet radio and am very satisfied with it.


19 posted on 05/04/2012 8:58:48 PM PDT by Company Man (La Quinta -- Spanish for "Next to Denny's")
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To: WP Lonestar
****Laura Ingraham is no longer on WBAP at night.****

Even though I dont live in Dallas I would listen to Laura's show over the net in the evening. Laura's show is on a Salem Oregon station from 9pm to midnight eastern time if you would like to listen to Laura at night.

20 posted on 05/04/2012 9:08:53 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (Lets institute SARAH-ia law in America!)
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To: dfwgator

Me too. I think it’s funny how the ticket plays the “a cumulus station “ promo anytime something screws up on the broadcast .


21 posted on 05/04/2012 9:28:03 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Socialism is the political dream of the unachiever, the excuse maker, and the lazy.)
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To: Dysart

When Davis emphasized a point he talked.......real.......slow. And that habit drove.......me.......nuts. I couldn’t stand him.


22 posted on 05/04/2012 10:49:07 PM PDT by Free in Texas (Member of the Bitter Clingers Association.)
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To: Ken H

Wow I used to think it was just me but reading so many comments I’m not alone. I didn’t dislike Mark Davis but he wasn”t too appealing to listen too.


23 posted on 05/04/2012 11:26:18 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Dysart

I will only listen to him to remind myself how utterly irritating it is to try to listen to him. Is it the way you can tell he just loves himself and the sound of his own voice?. . it literally makes me want to Barf!


24 posted on 05/04/2012 11:39:34 PM PDT by McBuff
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To: tflabo

At one time I like Mark Davis. It has been a while ago, lol.

When he first started, he was really good on local events and not so “it’s about me.”

Then he had a short lived national show and starting to sub for Rush, he got pretty obnoxious. All the prominent people that called into his show and high profile events he hosted only inflated his head further.

THEN...he became totally ADD. And pompous.

I don’t really like the new guy, but I don’t miss Mark..I’d stopped listening anyway. I’m not real tolerant in the morning. Music preserves my mood. My coworkers appreciate it.


25 posted on 05/04/2012 11:47:45 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Dysart
Haveing listened to Davis in his early years at WBAP I’ve disliked him from the get go. He was for abortion claiming that Roe vs. Wade was “the law of the land” when no law ever passed the Legislature. Same for school prayer and gun control. have always turned him off since. A good move by WBAP, now Rush needs to dunp him.
26 posted on 05/05/2012 1:31:19 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: skeeter

I agree! Could not stand him!! Could... not....stand.....him!!!


27 posted on 05/05/2012 5:02:37 AM PDT by PROTESTBYPROXY (We are screaming! I am Breitbart!! Invictus Maneo)
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To: Free in Texas

Talk Radio is very AM - which means fast and furious. Dull speakers belong on FM - and NPR in particular. I don’t think it’s an accident that AM radio was once Top 40 all day long. That brashness has carried over to Talk Radio and I, for one, love it. Mark Davis STINKS.


28 posted on 05/05/2012 6:36:07 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: WP Lonestar
Fried my brain when CtC was outed. The person who replaced the show hurts my ears
with his proper uppity voice. I'm a ctc subscriber anyway but still.
29 posted on 05/05/2012 6:40:08 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Company Man
The thing about online streaming is that I can't press the snooze button for one hour play,
and press it again until I fall asleep. I can't control streaming from the puter unless the
program is from the CtC site, and a day old. Unless you know of a program that
can control streaming in such a way that the show could be streamed and stopped automatically.
30 posted on 05/05/2012 6:46:04 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Dysart

Well, goodie. I hope this means we never have to listen to him on Rush’s show again. Ignernt doof.


31 posted on 05/05/2012 10:15:33 PM PDT by redhead (Alaska: Step out of the bus and into the food chain.)
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