He had a heart attack and died in his sleep.
RIP Randy Garsee, anchor at KOLD from 1997-2006. He was working and living in the DC area. No word on cause of death. He passed Sunday.
A good sign of tolerance and rationality is making fun of a woman for pronouncing her name correctly.
HA and the vaginazation of radio continues. Fook (what a terrible name) obviously didn't care enough to have his agent write in his contract that he shouldn't have a co-host...let alone a female one.
I treasure the days "CLOUD 95" ruled the airwaves..........
I hope with the straight "92" designation, KFMA will avoid the trap of so many other stations in the market, being "point-LESS".
LIVE radio people reacting with a LIVE, LOCAL audience. Beats an out of town satellite feed, every time. I wish other stations would drop the syndicated crap, and get back to a basic tenet of radio programming: Know your audience!
Enjoyed your comment on disk jockeys. I saw that first-hand at Pueblo High School when building the curriculum for KWXL-LP, 98 POINT 7. (http:/writinginstereo.podbean.com)
The best part is... from a former ClearChannel employee (and a former program director of a ClearChannel station, to boot)... that corporate ClearChannel could care less about terrestrial signal. Let me say that again: ClearChannel Corporate no longer cares about terrestrial radio.
The shift in the business model in the "internet age" has mandates that say ClearChannel jocks MUST talk about iHeartRadio once an hour, outside of morning shows. Their money is in iHeart and terrestrial signals are just "clones" of the digital programming featured on those iHeartRadio stations.
I miss the days working for the "mom and pop" operation, i.e. Lotus, playing radio along side Jonas, et al. That day is gone.
If you want original, local audio content... download a podcast! I hate to say it, but it's the truth.
Seems like a lot of pixels dedicated to radio ...
This is why I support a rules change at the FCC that will encourage licensing of more community, low-power broadcasters. It has worked in TV. It can work in radio. Complaints about possible interference are rubbish; good engineering practices and just being a good neighbor to your fellow station on the dial will go a long way.
Why do you ignore the KLPX/KFMA group? Aren't they mostly local with "Frank" Tic Tac and Sherm and Larry Mac on 96.1 and Fook and Chris The Ego on 92.1 with some other home town dj's? And K-HIT still has Tim Tyler in the morning and possibly one other local personality. MIX has a full set with Bobby Rich and his morning crew plus Marty Bishop and Adriene Wolker. In addition to Max In The Morning KIIM has cactus Dave and Buzz Jackson. KVOI has a couple of local shows. KNST has one. Truth has John Justice and a new guy in afternoons. Plus KXCI and KUAT on the non commercial front.
No one cares. Everyone listens to radio...its free. listen or don't. listen to your ipod. whatever. formats come and go. the only thing that is juggernaut about kiim is that fact that they have never really had any REAL competition and no, coyote country doesn't even start to count. radio, like TV is meant to be a vehicle to sell advertising. its free, unlike TV. May the station that plays more songs that people, win...and stop blaming "Corporate" for everything. They keep radio free and employ people who may or may not have family's but all need a home and food to eat.
So after reading this article, how much longer until NASH radio takes over KIIM and automates everything? Can't see Cumulus NOT changing over the Tucson market. Just a matter of time until everything LOCAL is gone forever.
I agree with Jonas. Sirrius/XM has been my radio of choice for 6 years and I have no complaints. I get whe music I want. It is too bad Tucson can't keep a decent jazz station, everyone wants to beat KIIM and it isn't going to happen.
Well writen, John. I totally agree with you. This is exactly why I love Sirus/Xm or Pandora and haven't sampled terrestral radio in years. Their model is broken and stupidity and ignorance stops them from fixing it. Goodbye radio.
Wow, I didn't realize Randy Wright got the ax. That is actually a good move, Lee. From someone who suffered under him for a brief time. Karma. Karma.
Indeed, SonoranWinds. Perhaps these Lee people of Provo can do an ADS Joe Salkowski and go to work for the local electric or gas utility...
Lee Enterprises layoffs in Provo:
Babs is fantastic and she was one of my favorite co-workers, along with Mindy Blake. I'm so glad to hear she's not going anywhere.
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