The David Neal mess

Sometimes the Roundtable on WJOX is interesting radio. Wednesday’s one o’clock hour provided great radio as David Neal and his lawyer appeared. The appearance didn’t provide much more than what was discussed on Paul Finebaum’s show, or the Birmingham News article. What was informative, was the heartfelt nature of Neal’s appearance.

He set the record straight. He was fired for “insubordination” for doing a cut-in at 2 a.m. without the approval of his supervisors. Something Neal had done many times before, and which didn’t require prior authorization. Neal was also terminated for what appears to be his complaints over another Fox 6 personality who showed up allegedly inebriated at a Town Hall meeting.

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Neal and his lawyer did not identify the personality. However, does the word performer have meaning? Perhaps that is a big clue? Perhaps it is not.

In the end, I believe Neal. Television management…all media management is scuzzy. They have an agenda. Unfortunately, this time a good guy got hurt. I’m not a Neal fan. I’ve always preferred James Spann. However, I’m a bigger Neal fan today than ever. He’s a good guy being smeared by a big company. Cheers to him for fighting!