Skip to comments.Longtime KVI, Seattle talk host Kirby Wilbur is cut loose
Posted on 11/12/2009 4:06:28 PM PST by jonrick46
Kirby Wilbur was a mainstay on Seattle radio, and one of the leaders of the conservative movement on radio in Seattle. Following his show, Wilbur was brought in to the office and given the news. As for a replacement, Radio-Info has been told by a KVI-AM (570) staffer that We're still working on that.
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I never had any trouble understanding what Kirby had to say.
Though the first reaction from many angry KVI listeners is that the Whitehouse was behind this somehow, the reality is more likely that ad revenues are hurting KVI , so from a business standpoint, they are cutting cost. Much cheaper to pay for a syndicated broadcast than pay for a live host. But dang, this is a blow to the gut to listeners of KVI. I hope this opens many better doors for Kirby.
Well, then, I am sorry for your loss.
I have heard murmurings about the drop in ad revenues. Think about the print media. They are really hurting. I will look for the future because I know Kirby will bounce back and continue to lead the charge against the statists.
“I spoke with station manager Jim Clayton who told me that, despite any rumors going around, the sole reason for letting Kirby go was that his ratings were down. Jim told me that they were searching for someone local to fill the time slot and that the addition of The John Gibson Show to the lineup was temporary.
(I have a call into Kirby to get his take on this claim and will post an update when I hear from him.)”
I think that ratings combined with the nasty economic times caused this business decision by Fisher Communications. Glenn Beck's competition did not help matters even though Beck often goes beyond the average listener's ability to understand; especially during a typical morning commute in Western Washington.
...and who are they going to get locally that would do a better job than Kirby???