The two-decade long relationship between Super-Talk FM WTN and Dave Ramsey has come to an end. The nearly 21 years of broadcasting on the flagship station for the Dave Ramsey Show, 99.7FM in Nashville, ceased on December 21, 2012 due to the inability to come to an equitable agreement.
History of WTN and Dave Ramsey Show
Almost 21 years ago, Dave was asked to be an a guest’s call-in show. A few weeks later the host had quit and Roy Matlock, one of Dave’s friends, asked to join him in the slot.
The station manager, David “Hollywood” Manning, didn’t have any other talent to fill the airwaves so he agreed to put them on the air.
Dave jokes about the agreement
“Since they weren’t paying us, we said if we were really bad he could cut our pay in half”
The show gained ratings, Dave kept working it hard while trying to make real estate deals, and the rest is history.
As Dave told us in his broadcast that day, they are separating on good terms, they just couldn’t come to an agreement with Cumulus’s new terms.
This is not the end for live broadcasts of the radio show in Nashville. While Mike Huckabee and Phil Valentine will take the live spot previously owned by Ramsey’s show, WPRT 102.5 “The Game” will become the new flagship weekdays from 1-4pm Central beginning January 2nd, 2013.
It is an independently owned station owned by Cromwell Radio Group (operating twenty-three stations in four midwestern states) and run by Bud Walters. That does seem fitting of the only independently owned talk radio show in the Top 5.