He'll be replaced by the returning home improvement diva Tami Michaels (KTTH Saturdays 11a-1p).
(It's only the beginning of the season of long knives in local radio).
Hume is hugely popular. Sales people are said to be "sick about it." One asks, "So I guess it's not about the ratings... Wonder what else it could be?"
Here's the email staffers got with the announcement:
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 1:35 PM
Subject: KOMO Saturday Programming
We are very pleased to announce a Saturday morning programming change
beginning September 12, 2009. After many years of service, Ed Hume will
be concluding his Saturday gardening show with . Ed is the
original gardening celebrity of the Northwest and we will miss his sage
advice every Saturday morning on KOMO.
A new show will start on September 12th at 10am-12noon. The Show will
be hosted by home improvement expert, Tami Michaels. Tami has a 15 year
history here that began on KOMO radio. We are excited to have her back
home again at KOMO. More details and sponsorship opportunities to
There was quite the kerfuffle when Tami left KVI for KTTH in 2008. Bob Boyd, the reportedly oily KOMO/KVI General Sales Manager, ran her off, they say. Sounds like he and Tami have kissed and made up... and of course, KTTH isn't the ratings powerhouse it once claimed to be... KOMO's prospects have definitely risen of late with the new PPM ratings. It'll be interesting to see how this story unfolds.
And mark our words, there will be more nut-cutting in the next month or two in local radio. Stay tuned.
Ed Hume's bio:
ED HUME is celebrating his 42nd year as a gardening personality. His weekly television show is the longest continuous-running gardening television show in North America and possibly in the World. He also has a weekly radio show and has written for various local, regional and national publications. Ed is also a well-known International speaker.
At one time his weekly television show GARDENING IN AMERICA was seen in approximately 50 million homes across the United States and in Japan. Currently his weekly program is seen on KONG TV in Seattle, channels 6/16.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Ed Hume is especially proud of his induction into the Garden Writers Association "Hall of Fame", their highest honor. He has also received the "National Garden Communicators Award" (1977). Hume has also received the coveted National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences "Silver Circle". He is an honorary "Master Gardener"; "Certified Professional Horticulturist"; honorary member of the "Washington Association of Landscape Professionals" and an honorary lifetime member of the 'Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association". On October 5th, 2006, Ed was awarded the WaFlorA Cup, the highest honor of the Washington Floricultural Association.
His latest book, is GARDENING WITH ED HUME, NORTHWEST GARDENING MADE EASY. Ed has also written several other books including the ED HUME GARDEN BOOK, the KEEP IT SIMPLE series of books, and a special children's book entitled HOW TO PLANT A BUNCH OF STUFF.
When Ed goes on the air at 10am Saturday to do his 2 hour "Ask the Expert" gardening show on KOMO, 1000 AM, the phone lines are usually jammed with callers. His down-to-earth, practical advice and extraordinary knowledge have made this question and answer feature one of Puget Sound's most popular weekend radio shows.
Ed is equally well known for his personal appearances and lectures, drawing crowds of avid gardeners of all skills and ages. He speaks throughout the United States and Canada.
He has served on countless boards, both regionally and nationally. Through his accomplishments and energetic activities, Ed Hume has made major contributions to the field of horticulture locally, regionally and nationally.