It was 25 years ago this week that I first got fired from a radio job.
Now, bear in mind that you rarely if ever quit a job in radio on your own volition; I worked at eight stations in 13 years, and only walked out under my own power twice. Never for cause, of course; two stations were bought or went out of business, and the rest involved new management deciding to whack everyone and start over - which is pretty much SOP in the business.
Key Lesson One: Murphy Never Sleeps.
Key Lesson Two: While I don't believe in Karma, I do believe that what goes around comes around.
So I never, ever gloat over the changing vocational fortunes of others in the business. You never know when the grim, martini-odored, coke-snorting, perfectly-coiffed radio reaper is going to take a whack at your gig.
So just the facts: Nick Coleman is gone at Air America Minnesota.
It started with a bit of standard boilerplate on their website stating Coleman was out on parental leave.
But over this past week, the station's schedule page was rebuilt, and Coleman's show wasn't a part of it.
A phone call to the KTNF office earlier today confirmed it: Coleman's show is history.
I asked "So is he returning"
The woman on the other end of the line sounded uncomfortable. "We're going ahead with plans for a new morning show", she replied.
Ow. I used to hate it when that happened.
Allow me to be the first to say it: Bummer. Coleman's show - wrenched from the talking points memo and clogged with unrequited bile as it was - was always a great source of material for this blog, usually funny (if rarely intentionally so).
Good thing he never quit his day job!Posted by Mitch at August 9, 2005 06:55 PM | TrackBack