We speak sadly of KVI's Cop Talk Radio (Saturdays 6-7p), another victim of media hard times in general, and KVI's problems in particular.
After months of trying to drum up advertisers, the long running, public service-minded cop show has been cancelled by Fisher Communications.
Co-hosts Myrle Carner and Ron Conlin announced it today in an e-mail, thanking listeners for "supporting us the past seven (7) years [...]. To the best of our know ledge Cop Talk Radio (a Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound affiliate) was the longest running police radio show of its kind in U.S. history, airing not only stateside but also around the globe."
They'll be replaced with a half hour extolling NAC Vitamins and a half hour still waiting for another infomercial advertiser.
The local stations have been replacing weekend programming for years with brokered or otherwise financially self-sufficient content. Fisher dumped gardening guru Ed Hume from sister station KOMO last month to be replaced with no overhead, revenue generating, home improvement diva Tami Michaels.
But for an hour of Mouthing Off (Sundays, 6-7p) 3 hours of the wretched, syndicated Bill Cunningham (Sundays 7-10p) and overnights of Coast-to-Coast), weekend KVI is radio malpractice: quack-pot medicine, investment "advice," and religious and other shows bought and paid-for by the participants. Talkers KIROFM and KTTH are not much different; weekend radio is best practiced by public stations, who have also cut back on original programming.