Here's one idea Howard Stern can't claim credit for: Chicago radio personality Jonathan Brandmeier, who was let go November 30 by classic rock station WLUP, has struck back with a scathingly-profane video called Johnny B. The Unemployed Radio Mo Fo, in which he blasts his ex- bosses with gusto.
Lyrics in the song, dripping with venom over the impromptu release, include: "He said we know who you are and we know who you were, but there's only one thing that corporate does concur; You may have been the greatest and you might be yet, but our bottom line says you ain't worth expletive."
In another verse, Brandmeier, 53, complains about the changing state of his industry, as wall-to-wall songs have replaced shock jocks in many formats.
Raps Brandmeier: "Johnny B.'s the best and he's got awards to prove it. But now the suits say it's cheaper to play music. Hey, monkey, push a button and play another song. Talent on the radio just doesn't belong. Enjoy this crap while you can 'cause it won't last long. It's the last time I raise a ship from the dead. Now I'm gonna watch it sink all over again."
The song comes weeks after a calmer Brandmeier issued an official statement detailing the split on his Web site.
"When I left the air last Friday for Thanksgiving vacation, I had NO IDEA that it would be my last show on The Loop," he said. "Here's the deal: WLUP made the decision not to renew our morning show. We mutually agreed on an early release. I accepted so I could start looking for a new radio home ASAP. That's all there is to it. We had a good run on The Loop."