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Thursday, November 12, 2009

KVI axes longtime host Kirby Wilbur

After sixteen years on the air, KVI's The Kirby Wilbur Show is no more, according to our good friend Michael Hood at blatherWatch, who writes:
The Seattle early morning earscape has again felt a seismic shift: With the typical Fisher aplomb, Kirby Wilbur has been fired from KVI, the morning after his birthday!

He no longer exists on the KVI site.

Haven’t yet heard the details, but the longtime, Seattle conservative was let go a month before his contract for the early morning show was up.

Big things will henceforth occur on KVI, as the last vestige of live and local and the old KVI order has been wiped clean.
Politically speaking, Kirby and I didn't (and still don't) agree on much of anything, but I'll always be grateful to him and his producer for having me on the show several times. I can still fondly recall our conversation almost four years ago at an Edmonds restaurant after Kirby had moderated a live on-air debate on Initiative 900 between myself and Tim Eyman.

Anyone who has met Kirby knows it's pretty much impossible not to like him. He's very friendly and respectful towards people with different views than his own.

For the interim, KVI plans to replace his live and local show with nationally syndicated programming. That means more out-of state, forgettable right wing political blather filling the airwaves. And that's a net loss for our region.

KVI didn't even give Kirby the courtesy of allowing him to say goodbye to his listeners on-air. Which is typical of the radio business. The number of entries in blatherWatch's R.I.P. category is piling up; how long will it be before local talk in Seattle (with the exception of NPR affiliates) becomes a thing of the past?


Blogger Brittany said...

I couldn't agree with you more. The thing I will miss the most is having a conservative local voice that is not BASHING everyone who doesn't agree with him. I think Seattle is too caught up in taking sides while not "judging" others to be interested in local talk shows. They seem to care more about how they should act as liberals regarding national issues than keep up to speed on what their local political representation is doing... why do you think we keep voting to raise taxes ;-) Noone knows why we should vote yes for higher taxes, they just see the D next to the name of the person or group supporting it and they vote yes...

December 1, 2009 1:49 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Carolyn Said,

Kirby Wilbur, always repectful always spoke the common sense on any issue. He will be missed and we in the NW are going to be less informed about the goings on in our State Government. Kirby you took me to work for many years and you will be missed greatly. God Bless you as that other proverbial door will opens.

December 15, 2009 9:19 AM  

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