CBS: DAVID LEE ROTH Will Return Friday

Kevin Carter of Radio and Records, Inc. is reporting that CBS Radio has denied that they have removed the low-rated David Lee Roth (ex-VAN HALEN) from his post-Howard Stern morning slot at the company's stations in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and Pittsburgh. CBS spokesperson Karen Mateo said in a statement, "Contrary to erroneous reports, David Lee Roth has not been let go. He is on his way back from Miami and is scheduled to return to the air on Friday."

Roth's unscheduled day off on Wednesday certainly didn't help the rumor mill cycle down for the past 24 hours. According to Roth's web site, he's in Miami, reportedly attending the Winter Music Conference, and the rumblings emanating from South Beach claimed Roth didn't get any sleep Monday night and needed some time off.

JV & Elvis, the midday duo on Roth's Free FM flagship WFNY/New York, were hastily pressed into service to fill in for Roth this morning, while night jock Booker is filling in on middays.

New York Post's "The Starr Report" reported yesterday that Roth's February Arbitron numbers were only half of what he averaged in January. According to Post radio reporter John Mainelli, Stern had 277,000 listeners at any given moment last December — while Roth had only 32,000 listeners last month.

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