Clarence, Missing in Action

Mayor Clarence Harmon may have nominated Capt. Beverly Noble-Barnes for a controversial promotion, but he didn't attend a police-board meeting to back her up

Mark Glenn, of the New Life Evangelistic Center, says Kasen and Horton owe the station close to $30,000. Glenn says he has several bounced checks from Horton Productions for thousands of dollars. Without payment of the money owed, Glenn says, the pair will not be allowed back on the air.

The basic premise of such arrangements is that on-air time is purchased and then most or all of the revenue from the ads sold goes to whoever bought the time -- in this case, Kasen and Horton. But, of course, nothing is that simple. Often it amounts to revenue sharing, so that if x amount of revenue is generated, the station may be paid a different amount.

"It was complicated," says Kasen. "Right now the station is getting zero, literally zero. They turned down $26,000. Whatever it is they thought they wanted, the end result is they're getting zero instead of $26,000. That only says to me they must not have wanted us."

From Glenn's perspective, the station wanted the money he believed it was owed before Horton and Kasen, each of whom has his own show, would be allowed back on the air. From Kasen's perspective, if they weren't on the air, they couldn't generate any more revenue. "We do owe them some money, OK?" says Kasen. "But the point is, we're attempting to pay it as part of the arrangement to be on the air. Without being on the air with our advertisers, they've got to be kidding if they think they're getting money from us."

As to why the two didn't generate more dough, Kasen says the signal was weak, Rice never made a serious on-air commitment and the programming was a hodgepodge of sports, talk and religion. "Rice is not a businessman; he's into religion, not into business," says Kasen. "Anything we had that was interesting from a business standpoint just didn't interest him."

But Kasen and Horton aren't about to fade into the sunset. There's still the trial, slated for November, in which they're suing their old lawyers for stealing the KWK business away from them, and plans are afoot for "newblackcity.com," an Internet-based radio station.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM: For the last few weeks, folks waking up to KTRS (550 AM) haven't heard Dan Dierdorf. And, chances are, they won't hear much of him in the future. The morning show is being billed as Kevin and Wendy because Kevin "Carpe Diem" Slaten and Wendy Wiese are on their own. Starting in late July, Dierdorf will appear on the morning show "a couple of times" a week in a "featured presentation for 10, 15 minutes at a time," says KTRS station manager Fred Zielonko. "He'll be on in the morning on occasion and doing some sports programing as well," Zielonko says. Dierdorf still has a financial interest in the station, but, Zielonko says, his upcoming NFL broadcasting commitment (this season he's being paired with Dick Enberg) has increased, necessitating the reduced KTRS involvement. Well, maybe, but it might be that to pay for the right to broadcast the Blues, all the pennies had to be pinched, even those going to Big Dan.... Does anyone miss Cole Campbell, the former St. Louis Post-Dispatch grand mogul? Well, check out www.poynter.org, where he's posted a two-parter pretentiously titled "Putting Journalism's Best Face Forward." And in the July/August edition of American Journalism Review, AJR senior writer Alicia Shepard has a feature about Campbell titled "The End of the Line." Perhaps the best part of the AJR piece is the illustration, which shows Campbell seated in the lotus position next to burning incense and a Lava Lamp. If only he had been goofy in that way -- he might have been interesting.

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