News that the Roy Wood, Jr. Show on 95.7 Jamz has been cancelled is setting social media on fire.
Thursday, the hosts of the radio show told FOX6 News they didn't know they'd been let go until they checked Facebook and Twitter.
"It's part anger, part disappointment," host Roy Wood, Jr. said.
Wood spoke with FOX6 News via Skype from Los Angeles on Thursday. The news of the cancellation came as a shock to him. He wasn't on his show Thursday morning and woke up to phone calls and tweets about what had happened.
"I go, 'Well, I guess that cat's out the bag.' I don't know if this is how corporate planned to tell me," he said.
Wood started on 95.7 Jamz co-hosting another morning show in 2001 and in 2010 he took over as the host. He says the ratings have been good and he can only speculate on the reason for the cancellation.
"I suspect with the station being up for sale maybe they're doing this to cut salary and make it more lucrative to a potential buyer," Wood said.
His morning show co-hosts, Nu York and B-Money, are just as surprised. B-Money says he accidentally found out about the news through an email from management that he wasn't supposed to receive.
B-Money says listeners flooded the phone lines this morning, upset about the news. Listeners have started a "Save the Jamz Morning Show" Facebook page and Twitter is abuzz with opinions.
Wood says what makes him angry is how the show's cancellation could impact the city.
"Local radio has been a part of the Birmingham urban radio scene for almost 20 years. Now if they're going to cancel our show and bring in syndicated...not to knock a syndicated [show] but it's TV dinner vs homecooked. They cannot take local radio from the city," Wood said.
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