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Sacramento hasn’t heard the last of “Carmichael Dave” Weiglein.
The 36-year-old radio personality and self-described stay-at-home dad took a moment for a phone interview with The Sacramento Press Wednesday afternoon. He’d just put his two kids down for naps and said he recently attended a preschool graduation.
But that’s not all he’s been up to. Since being fired from KHTK 1140 The Fan, Weiglein has been plotting his next move. He’s not going away, and he wants to make sure his former employers know about it.
“CBS Radio made a catastrophic error in letting me go, and one of my biggest motivations is to make sure that statement rings true for many years,” Weiglein said. “I want them, if it hasn’t already happened, to sit in a smoky back room with papers and figures and say, ‘We really fucked this thing up.’ ”
He may not like the way he left, but Weiglein says that being fired for the first time in his life did not take away his “deep appreciation” for CBS Radio. They gave him his chance, saw his talent and allowed him, a guy who was once just a teenager calling in to a show, to become being a fixture of the Sacramento sports talk scene.
It’s just that he’s not about to stop there.
“Nobody who knows me can expect me not to fight,” he said. “Whether it was sweeping the floors as an intern or the last year with the Sacramento Kings going forward and trying to work with this community, the last thing anyone can expect is for me to slip away.”
Weiglein said he has “been in a bunker these past three weeks” working on his next project. He is staying tight-lipped, but there were some details he was willing to share.
The content will be on a medium that is accessible to everyone, and it will still be in the form of radio (This sounds an awful lot like a podcast and/or streaming Internet radio to us, but Weiglein wouldn’t say if that was the case.l). Soon, he said, his website carmichaeldave.com – currently a shell site used as a placeholder – will become a countdown clock.
[ Update: After this article was posted, Weiglein wrote the following on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, "So in a roundabout way, my FIRST announcement is this: Sean and Dave Unfiltered. Coming soon. Very soon."
The "Sean" in the equation refers to Sean Salisbury, whose Twitter handle, Sean Unfiltered, lists him as a former University of Southern California quarterback and TV/radio sports analyst.]
Content for his new venture will be similar to what his fans are used to, Weiglein said
“The content is going to be me-related,” he said, “and with me comes the Kings. Obviously I’m a fan first and foremost, but I will finally be able to go at the Kings predicament from an angle that has not been available to me in the past.”
Weiglein said the show will be the equivalent of him sitting at a sports bar, having a pint and talking about whatever strikes him – be it sports talk or the more off-topic chats regularly held in sports bars.
“There will be no handcuffs on me anymore,” he said. “I won’t be dealing with some of the hurdles I had to deal with in the past.”
And that leads to the question that has been on his fans’ minds for the past three weeks: What, exactly, happened?
He confirmed that he was terminated from CBS Radio, and he said he still doesn’t know why.
“I will never be able to tell the whole story of everything that happened,” he said. “There’s rules, and I will always be governed by them due to agreements I have with CBS, but most importantly because I do not know. I swear on my kids I’m not sitting here with knowledge as to why I was let go.”
He said his termination caught him off guard, and still doesn’t make sense to him. He added that it was not a money issue, and his contract with CBS Radio ran through July of 2013.
“The numbers for the show were fantastic, and I thought I was a pretty decent part of that,” he said.
Calls for comment to 1140 The Fan were not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon, and previous calls for comment to the station were not returned.
Some of Weiglein’s fans suspected from the moment of his termination that it might have had to do with the fact that one of the station’s partners is the Sacramento Kings organization.
“When I worked for CBS Radio, understand that CBS Radio’s biggest partner is the Sacramento Kings,” he said. “There’s not censorship. We’re not directed to say certain things, but there was an understanding that we were partners with the Sacramento Kings. I also have fantastic relationships with the kings. I heard directly from ownership, including George Maloof, (and) from many other high-up people that they appreciated me.”
He said his new project will not be designed to “kill the Kings,” but will allow him to approach some topics he previously wasn’t able to.
“Some of the roads I wasn’t able to travel before are roads I can travel now,” he said. “Those are roads I think are relevant, and they weren’t in the arsenal I had in the past.”
A spokesman for the Kings did not immediately return calls for comment on Wednesday afternoon.
For his own part, Weiglein said he has no regrets.
“I want to say it was a good thing not just for me, but for the members of the community that have been so fantastic in following me,” he said. “I am forever indebted to them, and they protested loudly. Their protests won’t be in vain.”
Editor's note: This article was updated at 5 p.m. May 30 to reflect the information from Twitter.