Lou Pate told KIRO to take this job and...well, give it to somebody else.
The best-rated KIRO talk host quit apparently on good terms with Entercom management. Known also as the best-looking KIRO host, the 6-year veteran overnighter made the rounds of the office today saying good-bye and schmoozing the sales hotties.
Pate, 41, is the last of the employees who worked hard to get AFTRA, the union decertified in the KIRO, KTTH workplace last year. He's the only one, however, not named Mike, and the only one to have left on his own power- the others, Mike Siegel and Mike Webb were, ironically, summarily fired- Siegel for alleged lack of listeners and Webb for alleged lack of integrity.
It's been known among Entercomers that Pate's been dissatisfied- he's just been phoning it in on his show for the past six months and made the show an anti-Seattle tirade.
It's rumored he'd like to go to southern California where he can better show off his pecs.
Despite having developing a respectable audience in the impossibly late (or early)1-5a slot, the conservative Pate's never been promoted out of the overnight. Considering the notorious KIRO programming missteps of late, their hesitancy to promote him might look not all that bad on his resume.
(Radio pros tell BlatherWatch that there may be a little of the rat looking for a graceful way off the Titanic of Eastlake.)
Program Director Tom Clendening has been grooming self-described "genius" Brian Stibble for the overnight spot, which, if it happens, would further the city-wide theory that Entercom is intentionally running the once-mighty KIRO into an iceberg.
Pate's exit leaves three major holes in the station's weekdaily line-up- the anchoring 9 to noon, open for six months since Allan Prell was fired; and Mike Webb's spot, from 9p-1a.
Turi Ryder will fill-in tonight.