We knew about the departure of KJR 950's Mike Gastineau since earlier this week--we probably should of seen the writing on the wall for Ken Schram, since the budget cuts at Fisher this year reduced his presence to small radio commentaries and TV 4 "Schrammie" awards.
Schram, who had been at KOMO since 1977 as reported in the P-I
"My position here at KOMO 4 News has been eliminated," Schram wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday morning. "Today is the last 'Schrammie' and next Monday will be my last commentary.
"I'd be less than candid if I didn't acknowledge how disappointed I am to have my 35+ year career at KOMO end this way. Still it's been a great run. I don't know what the future holds, but I'll keep you posted here on Facebook. Thanks for all the years that you've allowed me to share."
In a 2001 P-I feature story, Schram said he tries to answer each of the hundreds of e-mails he receives, even the ones calling into question his sanity or his parentage. He said it's part of his desire to make a connection, to provoke thought.
"There's a void in intelligent journalism," Schram told the P-I's John Levesque. "We need to bring thoughtful directness back."
Schram spent nearly two decades writing and reading KOMO editorials on the air and hosted "Town Meeting' for 18 years until it was canceled in 1999.
As far as Mike Gastineau his seperation was voluntary according to his statement from KJR:
“I can’t thank Mike enough – both personally and professionally, for his talent, dedication and passion. Mike has been a pillar for Sports Radio KJR and a sports icon in the Seattle market,” said Rich Moore, Program Director, Sports Radio KJR. “His voice on Sports Talk in the afternoon will be missed and his relationship with listeners in the market will not be forgotten. We wish him nothing but the best in his next chapter.”
Gastineau arrived in Seattle in June of 1991. KJR made the switch to an all Sports Talk format in October 1991, when he teamed up with Rick DuPree to co-host the midday show. Since September 1993 Gastineau has anchored the afternoon drive which led him to the center of discussions that helped shape public opinion to build Safeco Field, CenturyLink Field, Emerald Downs and more recently the proposed new basketball arena in SoDo. Gastineau also spearheaded a yearly auction, the “KJR Kares-a-thon,” which has raised more than $1.5 million over 17 years for various Puget Sound charities.