For a mild-mannered, drama-free public radio station, things sure are getting nasty over at the Miami-Dade Public School Board station, WLRN.
Random Pixels has learned that WLRN/Miami Herald news anchor/reporter Phil Latzman has been fired by the station's management.
According to one source, Latzman was fired earlier this week after storming out of a training session at the station; a session that he'd been told not to attend.
UPDATED: Another source tells me that Latzman had had previous "anger management issues," adding, "He objected to this week's reduced newscast schedule, cut for (yet another) training session, what with Zimmerman still hot. There were NPR people in the room when he pitched his fit."
UPDATE 2: As he stormed out of the room, my source tells me he snapped at interim news director Alicia Zuckerman, saying "Nobody likes you and nobody wants to work with you!"
According to the Miami Herald's website, "Prior to coming to the Miami Herald, Latzman was sports director for WIOD and WINZ, where he hosted a nightly sports-talk show and anchored coverage of both Dolphins and Miami Heat broadcasts. He was also the first voice heard on WQAM when it became South Florida’s first all-sports radio station in 1992. A New York native, Latzman previously worked at WABC Radio, where he served as Rush Limbaugh’s first producer."
Latzman is the second high profile WLRN staffer to get the axe in less than two weeks.
On July 8, WLRN's general manager John Labonia announced in a late night email that ["WLRN/Miami Herald news director] Dan Grech is no longer with WLRN/Miami Herald News, effective immediately."
It's not the first time that Latzman has been fired from a radio gig. In June 2002, the Herald's Barry Jackson reported:
Clear Channel Communications on Monday fired WIOD/WINZ sportscaster Phil Latzman, who blasted his former employer "as a classless place not committed to doing good radio."
Latzman said program director Peter Bolger said he was dropped because he criticized other programming on the station.
Latzman, 33, said several months ago he referred to WINZ's pre-NASCAR program, The Racing Nuts, as "the illiteracy hour" and advised listeners "to go down to the nearest trailer park for a translation."
"Clear Channel doesn't care about quality programming," Latzman said. "They were looking for an excuse to get rid of me because I made too much money. After 10 years there, I get only two weeks severance pay."
I've emailed Labonia for a comment and will update this post if or when he responds.