This was posted at 7:58 Tuesday night on Mike Webb's blog:
I said "Hello". They said "Goodbye."
Thank You For Your Friendship during these past 35 years on the radio, especially the past 10, where we had a chance to really get to know one another and offer an alternative to the disgusting, corporate-driven nonsense masquerading as talk radio.
As a child in San Francisco, I enjoyed so much, turning on my little transistor radio - finding my true friends in the people who broadcast from the great stations KEWB, KYA, KFRC, KNBR and the legendary Gene Autry station, KSFO. It was always fun tuning the AM dial and DXing to WWL in New Orleans, always discovering.
When I finally entered the medium at the age of 14, I got to work at one of those legendary stations, hosting a show called "From the Campus", a little program they dumped in Sunday mornings at 3am. But it was a thrill for me. And then to become a beat reporter for the world's first alternative rock station, KMPX --- what an experience --- dodging rocks and billie clubs during Vietnam war protests.
Several news and music stations later and a trip to Seattle where I fell in love, enjoyed the management jobs but quite honestly, I felt more at home on the air than in my own house. There's just such a beautiful intimacy to it all, different than any other medium. I've been fortunate.
I could go on, but suffice it to say, that people come into our lives on time and they leave on time as well.
With perhaps the largest audience The Mike Webb Show has ever had waiting for it begin, Turi Ryder, the Sunday night part timer fill-in began the hour without any of the usual Webb Show production or even mention of his name.
That put up our antennae. Then we were alerted by OrbusMax to Webb's blog entry.
It looks like Entercom couldn't take the heat of Mike Webb's arrest and felony insurance fraud charges uncovered by BlatherWatch last week. By now the story has been picked up by the Seattle Times, the Associated Press, the Tacoma News Tribune and the Skagit Valley Herald.
We're pretty sure it was the SV Herald that was the tipping point.
Mike Webb has never been easy. He's always been seemingly driven by anger in frequent controversies, has threatened litigation, has also had some screaming hypocrisies that don't fit his liberal politics, suffered a major ratings downturn and, according to fellow Entercommers, he's hard to live with.
This leaves KIRO, which has been down at least one talk host, and aimlessly getting by since the firing of Allan Prell, in even further disarray. Holiday vacations have taken out Dori Monson (m-f, 12-3p) Dave Ross (m-f, 3-6 p, and Lou Pate (m-f, 1-5a).
The second string is in force, manned by the likes of John Procaccino, Erin Hart, Frank Shiers, Bryan Styble, Turi Ryder and some guy named Ron. They're troupers, but it ain't necessarily great radie-yo.
Rumors have been rampant around re-alignment of the mixed format (conservative and liberal) KIRO and little conservative sister station KTTH's programming. Both stations have taken dives in the ratings, which has been especially hard for KIRO, long a leader in the market, with arguably the best radio newsroom in the country.
The station's hard luck started when they lost Mariner's baseball, and continued as the company made some poor programming decisions.
BlatherWatch is joyfully liberal, and in the end of this sad slide of Mike Webb in Seattle radio- gives us no joy. This town has a dearth of liberal talkers and we just hope that spot can be filled with another progressive without so much anger and personal issues.