After a three-year stint as President of Programming at Talk Radio Network, former 14-year WABC-AM NY PD Phil Boyce told staffers in a memo 11/15 he is leaving the network, effective immediately. Indeed, RBR-TVBR reached Boyce at home on his cell phone and he confirmed, but could not comment any further beyond the press release. It looks like his contract was up in November after the third year and a new one was not negotiated.
Said Boyce: “I want to wish every member of the TRN family best wishes. I have enjoyed my 3 years getting to know and work with all of you. This is a great team and I know more success is forthcoming. Wherever I go you will always be in my heart and I am sure we will stay in touch…I hope to announce my future adventure shortly. In the meantime, I want to spend a little more time on that secret island that [former KGO-AM San Francisco PD] Jack Swanson told me about.”
Boyce was also VP News/Talk Programming under former owners Citadel Broadcasting and ABC Radio. Boyce joined TRN in November of 2008. Boyce is credited with developing major national talent like Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Matt Drudge, and Andrew Wilkow on SiriusXM. He also created the successful morning show of “Curtis and Kuby” on WABC. Boyce also programmed WJR in Detroit.
RBR-TVBR observation: We would not be surprised if Boyce ended up back at his roots of ABC Radio/ABC Radio Networks—now Cumulus and Cumulus Media Networks. John Rosso, Cumulus Media Networks President, left the company on 10/31. If Boyce is going to end up at Cumulus, we’ll probably hear about it soon.