Mark Thompson & Brian Phelps Retire From KLOS
Update 8/17: During what was supposed to be just the final show for Mark Thompson, Brian Phelps announced that he too would be leaving 95.5 KLOS. Phelps had been in negotiations with Cumulus for a new contract, but broke those off earlier this week. Today’s program ended up being the farewell for both.
Both Phelps and Thompson will be launching their own podcasts in the coming weeks. Thompson will be hosting one with his wife Linda on MarkandLynda.us. Phelps and actress/comedienne Jill Whelan will host at BrianandJillShow.com after Phelps takes some time off the recharge. Whelan had been in negotiations with Cumulus to take Thompson’s place in mornings on 95.5.
Update 8:45pm: Gary Lycan reports that the entire support staff of the Mark & Brian show were dismissed following today’s show.
KLOS will air best of Mark & Brian in mornings through Labor Day weekend. What happens after that remains to be seen. We had reported in April that Cumulus may be planning to shift KLOS to All News.
Thompson and Brian Phelps joined KLOS in 1987 following a run at “I-95” WAPI-FM Birmingham and aired in syndication up until a few years ago. The pair’s “Adventures of Mark & Brian” ran on Sunday evenings on NBC in 1991 in an attempt to replicate the duo’s morning show pranks & bits for television.
Thompson will be moving with his wife to North Carolina. The pair’s contract was close to expiring however Phelps has indicate he would like to continue with the program.
The Orange County Register has excerpts from Thompson’s statement.