BREAKING NEWS: Russ Martin Returns to Radio?
"Russ and his gang are ready to roll," said one source. "They've already got their start date."
Martin did not return an e-mail inquiry and CBS Senior Vice President and Dallas Market Manager Brian Purdy offered only a "no comment" when asked about Martin's status.
The move, which will require some tricky contractual manuevering, would give a voice back to one of the most clever and combustible hosts in Dallas radio history.
Martin, who I profiled in this Dallas Observer cover story last summer, was taken off the air by CBS via a combination of the format flip and his arrest and ensuing plea bargain surrounding a domestic abuse charge involving his girlfriend.
Martin, whose CBS contract is scheduled to pay him an approximate $1 million salary through April 2011, would need Clear Channel to buy out the remainder of his CBS contract. In exchange, CBS would drop Martin's non-compete clause.