Q100’s Jeff Dauler has been mysteriously taken off the Q100 Web site.
His boss Rob Roberts today gave me a categorical “No comment.”
Jeff is on vacation this week, along with the rest of the Bert Show. (The top 40 station has been airing “best ofs” this week.) I texted Jeff to ask him if he was no longer with Q100. At 1:33 p.m., he responded, “Why do you ask?”
When I explained that he was off Q100’s site and Roberts said no comment, he wrote with a non-answer: “Must be a virus. ” When I suggested this might be a stunt, he wrote, “Why waste a stunt when listenership is off due to holidays?” I then asked if he’s negotiating a new contract.
At 1:52 p.m., he finally gave me the right answer once I asked the right question: “My current deal expires on 12/31/09. We’ve been negotiating in some form since July.”
So it appears Q100 has taken him off the site as some sort of hardball tactic in preparation for Jeff not being on the air come Monday if he doesn’t come to terms by tomorrow.
I suspected initially that he was negotiating because Jeff has not conveyed anything on his Twitter, Facebook page, Facebook fan page or personal sites about leaving Q100 and I’m sure Roberts would have at least confirmed his departure if that were the case.
Jeff’’s been an integral part of the Bert Show since it debuted in the spring of 2001 as a producer and on-air talent. He books guests and sets up a lot of the bits. He’s also the guy willing to say anything for a laugh (or not.)
Bert Weiss signed a five-year deal in early 2007 but I’m not sure the status of the contracts of other team members Jenn Hobby or Melissa Carter.
Jeff’s agent is B.B. Abbott, who also represents Brian McCann and Chipper Jones. Jeff, for several years, did on-site promotions for the Braves home games, hosting the little promotional contests between half innings.