Compton, the ABC Radio White House correspondent, was one of my favorite regular guests on their morning show. I particularly liked that time slot because I could hear her during my drive to work. In previous weeks, her appearances had been earlier.
Little did I know when I walked away from my car that this would be the last morning I’d hear her on the show. It would also be the last time my favorite morning talk show would even be on in the morning.
Later that day, I heard the stunning news that Curtis Media was taking the show off of its morning-drive slot on WZTK in favor of afternoon-drive time on WPTF, TalkRadio 850 (also on WSJS in the Triad.) For years, AM850 was the only sports-talk radio station in the Triangle, 850 The Buzz.
I rarely agree with Neal Boortz, but his tweet regarding this move (displayed above) was spot on.
As I blogged two months ago, Brad Krantz and Britt Whitmire made my morning runs a lot more entertaining, and saved me from the sometimes inane sports talk on 99.9FM (Mike and Mike) and 620AM (Mark and Mike).
It was somehow fitting that this was the week that we switched to Daylight Saving Time. I happily was able to go on my early-morning runs without needing a headlamp up until that time because the sun was rising earlier. But literally and figuratively, my early-morning runs began to plunge into the darkness.
The Morning Rush on Rush Radio or Bill LuMaye's show on AM850 are not even half-decent substitutes. I’ve never enjoyed talk radio shows such as those that have political agendas.
|I'm happy for Brad Krantz, left, and Britt Whitmire that |
they no longer have to get up at 3 in the morning, but
my early-morning runs won't be as entertaining.
Not only did Curtis Media take my favorite morning show and move it to the afternoon, but a lot of voices seem to have been left behind.
Compton and all of the other regular ABC Radio guests no longer appear on the show. No more Tuesdays with Sam Donaldson and no more of the excellent insights on the presidential campaign politics from Steven Portnoy, Alex Stone and others.
Apparently the move severed those ABC ties and the show instead gets CBS Radio reporters. It’s not all a bad thing since I’ve been able to hear veteran White House correspondent Mark Knoller, one of my favorite political reporters to follow on Twitter.
For the most part, though, it’s a sad case of lost voices.
Brad and Britt have spoken on the air about the transition to using CBS Radio reporters, but haven’t spoken about the most missed voices since they moved to afternoons: Britt’s impressions of Dan Rather, Rush Limbaugh, Strom Thurmond, George W. Bush and Sarah Palin, among others.
I’m wondering if management has told him to hold off on those impressions since I haven’t heard any of them since the move. Are you kidding me? If that’s the case, then that’s crazy.
“The Rather Report” was a hilarious daily staple of the show in the mornings and I haven’t heard it once since they’ve been moved to the afternoons. I’ve also heard none of “Lil’ Rush.” Nor have I heard any of Britt’s other excellent impressions.
It’s bad enough that the suits at Curtis Media took them away from my morning routine. But to take away some hilarious elements of the show is stupid.
Speaking of stupid, at last check, if you go to the Newsradio850 site and click on “listen live,” you instead get a stream of WSJS out of Winston-Salem. The Winston-Salem news and those Triad traffic reports aren’t too helpful for Triangle listeners.
If you want to hear the fourth hour of the show, you’re out of luck unless you can get AM850 on your radio. The “AM850 stream” instead gives you the WSJS news.
(UPDATE: As of Monday, March 26, when you call up the stream of AM850, you actually do get the stream for AM850.)
They still do the show from Burlington, which is interesting considering that friends who live there say that the reception they get for the show isn’t very good. When they were on WZTK, there were no such issues.
At least management was smart enough to keep Brad and Britt on the air.
It’s my understanding that their news person during the morning show, John Brockwell (although I've heard him on the North Carolina News Network during the Brad and Britt Show), and the weather forecaster, Randy Jackson, lost those jobs as well as afternoon drive-time host Allan Handelmann and occasional fill-in news guy Pete Davis. That’s the radio business, which has had its cruel side for many more years before it became sadly routine in the newspaper business.
I’m happy for listeners who are discovering Brad and Britt for the first time and were introduced to the infamous 13th bagel story this week. I just wish the show had many of the elements that got lost in the move and that it still aired mornings!