November 13, 2009
Say It Ain't So! Kirby Wilbur Off The Air!

I was shocked to learn yesterday evening that Kirby Wilbur broadcast his final show yesterday morning. I'm sure I speak for conservatives around the Puget Sound area when I say how deeply saddened I am that this beacon of clear thought in the area has now gone dark.

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 rating 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.)

If that is indeed the case then I understand. Fischer Broadcasting has a business to run and that business is based on ratings. What I don't understand is the way in which they carried out their decision, with no compassion. Kirby has been an institution in the Puget Sound area for 16 years and they let him go with no warning, no chance to say goodbye to his listeners.

I encourage you all to give KVI a call (206-404-3010) and ask them to reconsider their move.

I'd also encourage you all to call every local business that advertises on KVI. After all, they're the ones with the power of the purse.

Kirby, we wish you well. You're a sharp wit and a caring heart. Whatever plans the Lord has in store for you I know they're grand. (Kirby for Congress...?)

Posted by MarkGriswold at November 13, 2009 06:59 AM | Email This
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1.
Maybe they'll hire Goldy to take that spot!

Posted by: Truth Teller on November 13, 2009 08:37 AM
2. I'm sure Kirby had to have known his ratings were down, the past month there was an hint of desperation in the shows with the feigned arguments with the call screener, they just sounded forced.

The axe at KVI has had a history of coming down on Thursday eve. Kirby had to have known that if things didn't change, he would be gone. I would have liked it better if he could have been the one to chose to go and had a farewell week. After the format mixed in Carleen & Matt to become "Kirby & Co" - the show basically jumped the shark. Kirby just wasn't the same anymore.

We've all had an opportunity to face the axe and in most cases, you don't lose your head you gain a life and things turn out for the best.

I enjoyed many a cup of coffee with Kirby over the years, his show was a stable comfort to start some rough days.

Laura will have to do for now because Glen Beck is just too bizarre to take at 6 a.m.

Posted by: The Magnolian on November 13, 2009 08:47 AM
3. I heard this morning show and was NOT impressed.

KVI... you just lost me.

Posted by: Medic/Vet on November 13, 2009 08:53 AM
4. Maybe they can get a real conservative in there like Dave Champion rather than a Republican party hack.

Posted by: Shawn on November 13, 2009 09:08 AM
5. Shawn, I'm curious as to what you mean by "Republican party hack"? Do you consider someone who chastises his GOP congressman (Reichert) for taking the wrong vote on Cap & Trade and then calls for his defeat in the next election a Republican Party hack?

Exactly what issues is he not conservative on?

Posted by: MarkGriswold on November 13, 2009 09:27 AM
6. Fisher has given up the good fight ever since they lost Rush to KTTH. If they were to make anything out of dropping Kirby they could have at least started playing Dennis Miller live 7 to 10. If I want to listen to the DMZ in a can I can just subscribe to his podcast.

Posted by: Steve on November 13, 2009 09:29 AM
7. If it was only about declining ratings, why didn't KVI give Kirby an opportunity to sign off?

Kirby shall return; however, KVI's integrity will not.

Posted by: Armand on November 13, 2009 09:34 AM
8. I was a little surprised to not hear Kirby this morning. I wondered if he'd been axed. I have to admit that Kirhy's show hag gotten pretty bad as of late. When they started the "Kirby and Company", and then it disappeared, that was the signal (at least to me) that there was trouble in paradise. They were format-fishing for listeners. Lately, to me, it seems that Kirby has kind of lost his edge, like he didn't have any energy. Truth be known, the only reason my alarm radio was set to KVI on the week days was so that I'd be in good shape for the Saturday morning broadcast that I didn't want to miss under any circumstances.

Glenn Beck is on KTTH at Kirby's time slot and I'm sure that was the nail in the coffin for him.

I'm sad to see him go really but ratings is ratings and you can't expect KVI to keep him if he's not making them money. Maybe he just needs a rest and to re-focus so we can hear him again.

Posted by: G Jiggy on November 13, 2009 09:47 AM
9. Wasn't KVI purchased by the KOMO group?

First, they gave up Limbaugh, then mixed Carlson with Screambo to ruin that and how could Kirb keep his ratings through that mess.

Conspiracy anyone? Nyah, just poor management.

Posted by: swatter on November 13, 2009 10:42 AM
10. I'll miss Kirby. He was truly sincere in his beliefs but always behaved in a gentlemanly fashion to callers who disagreed. He truly is a good man.

It really is a shame that Glenn Beck seems to have won that battle. I often agree with Beck on substance, but really can't stand his hyperactive, overwrought style.

KVI just got rid of the last reason I had to listen to them.

Posted by: Kato on November 13, 2009 10:43 AM
11. Kirby was the only reason I turned the TV off and the radio on. Can't stand Laura.

Posted by: Robert on November 13, 2009 11:01 AM
12. I can't believe you canned Kirby. You have removed my last reason for listening to KVI at all. I watch Glenn Beck on t.v. so didn't listen to him on the radio. Besides, I want LOCAL COMMENTARY in the morning while getting ready for and driving to work. Since you have now removed that LOCAL COMMENTARY, you have also removed me as a listener. How does it feel to cut your own throat?

Posted by: Lee Wallot on November 13, 2009 11:02 AM
13. Shame on you. Everyone loves Kirby.....and leave Laura on at 3:00.....shes the best in your afternoon line up......the ratings will go down if she's on at 6:00 a.m. I listen to both of these shows every day.....you will lose me now.....over to 770,.

Posted by: Gretchen Moores on November 13, 2009 11:12 AM
14. Ah, what a dark day this is. I rather hope that KVI did do this out of ratings, 'cause that's the only excuse I could possibly accept.

But Kirby deserves a much better send-off than this. Why in God's name does KVI always assassinate shows, rather than give the audience time to let go? How cowardly of them. Just goes to show what little they think of us.

Posted by: Dandos on November 13, 2009 11:12 AM
15. Shame on you. Everyone loves Kirby.....and leave Laura on at 3:00.....shes the best in your afternoon line up......the ratings will go down if she's on at 6:00 a.m. I listen to both of these shows every day.....you will lose me now.....over to 770,. Kirby is a total gentleman!!!!!

Posted by: Gretchen Moores on November 13, 2009 11:13 AM
16. Surprised and disappointed.

Kirby was the best local commentary (conservative or otherwise).

Bad move by KVI.

I can't stand Beck or Hannity and I agree with his politics. Don't mind Laura, but I'm changing my wake up channel.

Dennis Miller has gone down in quality. I pay for the podcast on an annual membership, but won't be renewing.

This leaves a huge void on local commentary worth listening to.

Posted by: Andy on November 13, 2009 11:18 AM
17. I'm a huge Kirby fan. KVI has lost me entirely now -- remember when the lineup included Kirby, Micheal Medved and Rush? Guess we know were we need to go for quality talk radio.

Posted by: BookieMom on November 13, 2009 11:38 AM
18. Apparently KVI has decided that their real competition is AM 1090 and decided that they should go progressive. I'll miss Kirby ultil he finds a new home - I have not listened to KVI in the AM for quite some time now. This is just the most recent in a series of changes that lost me as a listener.

On a related note: perhaps this is all a conspiracy to make liberal radio more 'popular'?

Posted by: Chick Green on November 13, 2009 11:43 AM
19. If Kirby lost to the rising popularity of Glenn Beck, then why not try him in a different time slot? Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water!

I was aghast this morning when I heard Laura Ingraham on my radio - nothing against Laura, but I just like Kirby so much better. There are plenty of places I could go to get national political news, but I really liked hearing the local angle from Kirby. And sorry, but 1 hour with Weissbach doesn't cut it. Guess I'll be tuning into David Boze for that now. And in the morning, who knows? A little Glenn Beck, a little fm music when Glenn gets too long-winded in his pulpit...

Bye bye KVI!!

Posted by: Kristin on November 13, 2009 12:14 PM
20. Kirby, if you are out there, sorry to hear this news. Please stop by SP and say hello sometime.

Posted by: pbj on November 13, 2009 12:59 PM
21. The 'Fishers' and Dan Lewis and the rest can finally stop apologizing for having Real American's on their radio station. Happy day for them.
At least they will move closer to the head table. Also thank God I am not the whore that blamed ratings. Bull Bull Bull...shame shame shame

Posted by: Col. Hogan on November 13, 2009 01:06 PM
22. I love Laura,but she won't get me out of bed early to tune in. Sorry, KVI; my mornings belonged to Kirby, not you.

Posted by: itsonlywords on November 13, 2009 02:08 PM
23. Actually, as I heard it, Rush's syndicator moved him to KTTH. The real KVI loss was dumping Michael Medved and keeping him off KTTH for several months. Medved is probably the only host who forces you to make sense of your opinions before trying to disagree with him. I remember hearing Kirby's first program on KVI and wondering who this guy was and why all these random callers were talking to him so familiarly. That was a summer evening in 1993 I think. I fear he lost me when he went on at 6 AM, so even then I wanted to listen I couldn't handle the thinking required that early. Too bad. I hope he doesn't disappear from the airwaves like Mike Siegel.

Posted by: Larry on November 13, 2009 02:35 PM
24. Actually, as I heard it, Rush's syndicator moved him to KTTH. The real KVI loss was dumping Michael Medved and keeping him off KTTH for several months. Medved is probably the only host who forces you to make sense of your opinions before trying to disagree with him. I remember hearing Kirby's first program on KVI and wondering who this guy was and why all these random callers were talking to him so familiarly. That was a summer evening in 1993 I think. I fear he lost me when he went on at 6 AM, so even then I wanted to listen I couldn't handle the thinking required that early. Too bad. I hope he doesn't disappear from the airwaves like Mike Siegel.

Posted by: Larry on November 13, 2009 02:35 PM
25. Kirby is gone! So am I! I agree that the rating thing is a sham-smooth move Fischer. I hope some one else picks him up.

Posted by: Tim C. on November 13, 2009 02:37 PM
26. Very sad...I enjoyed his show on my drive to work. It covered local issues, which syndicated shows don't. I do like Laura's show too, and I listen to that in the afternoon.

Posted by: Palouse on November 13, 2009 03:03 PM
27. When KVI cut Bryan Suits, I cut them from the dial... KVI's been going downhill for a LONG time.

Posted by: Shanghai Dan on November 13, 2009 03:17 PM
28. Put Levin on for all three hours followed by Kirby and the KVI ratings will soar. We do not need Weissbach, Brian and the Judge and certainly not Gibson.

Low class treatment of someone who knows and loves America as much as anyone out there.

God bless you, Kirby.

Posted by: Alan E Lansdowne on November 13, 2009 03:59 PM
29. My immediate reaction this AM when the radio came on and it was Laura. I just let out a loud yell 'NO'. I can't believe this happened. Kirby is the ONLY host with a conservative view and involved with local politics. Being at the Teaparty and hearing the crowd cheer Kirby, makes me wonder how he could have been unpopular. Sorry KVI I don't like the way you did this. and my listening station has just changed.

I love ya Kirby - I hope some other station picks you up.

Barry

Posted by: Barry Fischer on November 13, 2009 04:03 PM
30. The only voice of the common man on AM and they let him go. Ratings? Oh and Fisher made so many stellar ratings moves with KVI haven't they?
Hannity plugs his Fox show at every break. We get the other syndicated shows (Miller, Levin, Laura etc.) are all delayed. Yippee, we get to NOT participate. Oh, an hour at late commute.
Is Kirby unpopular? Hmm, seems to me it's Kirby that does some sit-in for Hannity. Not too many from these parts with those creds are there?
Dear Mr. Clayton and Mr. Kelly...good job at doing to KVI what NEW COKE did for Coca-Cola.

Posted by: PC on November 13, 2009 04:56 PM
31. KVI has now totally lost me during the day. I like Beck, but I preferred and listened to Kirby. But I'll pick Beck over Ingraham. I already preferred Rush, Medved & Boze during the day.

Bad move KVI!

Posted by: Seabecker on November 13, 2009 05:41 PM
32. KVI loses here. They screwed up his format and finally this. Kirby will get a better deal somewhere else and it may not be in radio, just like Bryan Suits now at KFI.

He was a class act and meant well on the air and his lack of enunciation was more than made up for by his knowledge and heart for patriotic causes and keeping us informed about the political spectrum.

Posted by: KDS on November 13, 2009 05:52 PM
33. Dan- that was the same reaction I had this morning. I woke up to Laura, thought WTF?, and shut it off.

I generally agree with Medveds politics, but his show is pretty much Jerry Springer- as is Beck. I listen for news and conservative commentary- the clown antics are a giant turn off.

The only acceptable non-local replacement for Kirby would be Michelle Malkin (who doesn't even do radio)

Axing suits lost me in the afternoon too.

Posted by: Andy on November 13, 2009 05:56 PM
34. I've listened to Kirby for more than 10 years. Especially since I retired I almost akways tuned in for the National anthem, and listened to the whole three hours 'most every day. The remainder of the day I listened to Rush on KTTH, then split the 12-3 time between Dori and Medved, rounding out the day with David Bose.
KVI, you've lost me.

Posted by: MrConservative on November 13, 2009 06:02 PM
35. I turned on the radio this morning and heard Laura, and wondered what was up. I'm a moderate, but would often turn on KVI to hear the conservative take on things.

Laura's show this morning with the debate between Ed Crane and that other guy was interesting, but I'll miss Kirby. Although I disagreed with him most of the time, I enjoyed his show. I canít stand Laura. Her show is not local either, which lessens my interest.

Posted by: Outis on November 13, 2009 06:15 PM
36. I think the luster came off KVI when they fired John Carlson years ago. Fisher could have said, "We warned him about using his show to push his Proposition 200, but he did it anyway - so we fired him." Instead, they put Kirby on with Michael Medved to vehemently deny that prop 200 had anything to do with it, that it was merely that KVI and Carlson could not come to terms on a new contract. I recall Kirby and Michael getting rather nasty with callers who kept calling up and saying that it was all about Prop 200, to the point where they were all but saying "What part of 'that had nothing to do with it do you stupid people not understand?'" In the end, it was all about Prop 200, and Fisher had put Kirby and Michael on to do their dirty work. Sad part is that if Fisher had been up front about it, the audience probably would have accepted it. But no, they had to lie about it.

I have not heard KVI in years (I now live in B.C.). I heard the morning show last time I heard KVI, and it was awful. Kirby was probably a victim of radio's historic gotcha: "Do all the stupid things we tell you to do, and if it doesn't work, you're fired."

Posted by: Matt on November 13, 2009 06:27 PM
37. I think it important that we have some local talk that keeps us informed on local politics and other happenings. Kirby filled this needed item and he will be missed. I do like the idea of #28. There is not much available in the evening any more. I much preferred Laura in the afternoon. She is one of my favoites. I have been hooked by Beck and helped contribute to Kirby's demise I am sorry to say, but did listen from time to time.

Posted by: Marge on November 13, 2009 06:38 PM
38. Ouch! I listened to Kirby some time ago sorry to hear he is gone. I hope someone does indeed pick him up.My dad also listens to KVI he may be wondering what is going on?

Posted by: Laurie on November 13, 2009 06:47 PM
39. I can't stand Laura screaming at me at 6 am. So there's nothing to keep me tuned to KVI anymore except Weisbech, and his days are numbered. They lost Rush, they lost Medved...I expect KVI will dump the conservative talk radio format entirely within the next couple of years.

Posted by: Larry on November 13, 2009 07:35 PM
40. I've listened to Kirby for more than 10 years. Especially since I retired I almost akways tuned in for the National anthem, and listened to the whole three hours 'most every day. The remainder of the day I listened to Rush on KTTH, then split the 12-3 time between Dori and Medved, rounding out the day with David Bose.
KVI, you've lost me.

Posted by: MrConservative on November 13, 2009 08:19 PM
41. in a sea of communists,,, i appreciated him. that said, he was toe to toe w/ beck, and that's not a fair fight. I wish him well

Posted by: righton on November 13, 2009 09:55 PM
42. I will miss my morning dose of Kirby. I appreciated that I could count on him for being friendly and respectful. He came across as a regular guy -- the kind of person that ordinary folks (like me) can relate to. He was rarely controversial, and maybe that's why his ratings declined. I wish he had challenged his conservative audience more by questioning basic assumptions about divisive issues such as illegal immigration and religious tolerance. I want to learn from people like Kirby, and I expect a serious talkshow host to be more than a cheerleader (which why I dislike Hannity).

I did not like the Kirby and Company chit-chat format. With no offense to his show partners, it was Kirby alone who made the show worthwhile.

I sometimes listened to Beck, depending on which topic I found more interesting. But Beck's humor is weird. He's too much a superstar for my taste. He's almost cartoonish.

I hope and expect Kirby will find another great job soon.

Posted by: Doug King on November 13, 2009 10:06 PM
43. Radio insider perspective here...

Yes Kirby was a kind and smart man who's message I agree with most of the time.

However the guy had no radio skills or speaking skills.

in 15 years on the radio he did not improve in those areas.

Sure it is about the message,,, I get that...

But Rush, Beck, Hannity, O Reilly got where they are by skillfully using their radio formatic knowledge and their public speaking skills to their best advantage.

If Kirby had a good program director to teach him the same skills that Rush et al have he could have been much better.

It is my theory that you can't just put someone on the air with a good message and no delivery and expect it to beat someone with the same message and a great delivery.

This is also why Levin will NEVER be more than a second or third tier syndicated radio talent.

Kirby may have been a great guy but he did not have the skills and the guidance by management for him to rise above.

There were times i had to turn the radio off because he talked so fast and slurred his words all together that I just couldn't understand half of what he was saying... I don't want to have to strain to understand someone at 6am... sorry.

In reality he would probably do better in middays up against Dori Monson. Another local host with a decent message but dubious radio skills.

As for KVI, they have quite a list of "mistakes" like Rusty Humphreys for six hours a day... like getting rid of Suits and Carlson.

Strictly speaking of radio skills, interview skills, speaking skills, Weissback is a good hire for KVI, but why only one hour? My guess is that he refuses to work cheap...

On another note there is a new ratings method which is exposure based rather than memory based... broadcast companies are now measuring revenue against ratings and hosts that do not produce a certain revenue per ratings point when compared to their salary are being dismissed industry wide.

Said stations are hiring cheaper (or syndicated) talent to increase the ratings/revenue/salary parameter.

Remember this radio fans... Radio management usually does not understand what makes great radio... They are always sales and business oriented... real radio talents do understand... They are usually creative types. It is rare when one person has both skill sets... Rush is one of those rare types who gets both sides of the business.


Posted by: insider on November 13, 2009 10:09 PM
44. About Kirby talking fast and slurring his speech, I fear that is because he progressively lost talking time to breaks that kept getting longer and more numerous. So many things went on during his show period (he called it a "lot of moving parts") that it's like he was merely the introducer of those things rather than the show himself. I remember the mid 90's when I first heard him and his show went right to the top and the bottom of the hour, not to 6 minutes before it. No wonder he didn't develop the delivery that he could have.

I've met him several times at KVI events, the first being on a KVI cruise on Argosy. I got to have a cigar with him at one of his birthday parties as well - a real high point. During that time, his colleague "G" recorded some of our comments about him. It was me who said that "he is one of those who taught me to think more conservatively. I think of him as sort of a local Rush Limbaugh", one of my rare opportunities to hear myself in a KVI ad that played a lot.

I miss him, and I miss the many cigar venues that co-existed with his era. The second PYLE party I went to was filled with cigar smokers. Too bad I hadn't started smoking them yet.

Personally I hope KTTH takes him under their wing to replace Beck. And I also hope they give him more talk time during the hour than KVI did.

Posted by: Billy Gard on November 13, 2009 11:02 PM
45. About Kirby talking fast and slurring his speech, I fear that is because he progressively lost talking time to breaks that kept getting longer and more numerous. So many things went on during his show period (he called it a "lot of moving parts") that it's like he was merely the introducer of those things rather than the show himself. I remember the mid 90's when I first heard him and his show went right to the top and the bottom of the hour, not to 6 minutes before it. No wonder he didn't develop the delivery that he could have.

I've met him several times at KVI events, the first being on a KVI cruise on Argosy. I got to have a cigar with him at one of his birthday parties as well - a real high point. During that time, his colleague "G" recorded some of our comments about him. It was me who said that "he is one of those who taught me to think more conservatively. I think of him as sort of a local Rush Limbaugh", one of my rare opportunities to hear myself in a KVI ad that played a lot.

I miss him, and I miss the many cigar venues that co-existed with his era. The second PYLE party I went to was filled with cigar smokers. Too bad I hadn't started smoking them yet.

Personally I hope KTTH takes him under their wing to replace Beck. And I also hope they give him more talk time during the hour than KVI did.

Posted by: Billy Gard on November 13, 2009 11:02 PM
46. Kirby is a great host. He provided a fresh, local perspective. He was informative, fun, and always respectful, even of rude guests. Kirby provided important information to the community and is an active and inspiring community servant. He is someone to be proud of.

Posted by: Sally on November 14, 2009 06:58 AM
47. I will miss Kirby in the morning. Even though he was wrong on the issues at least 90% of the time, he could disagree with respect and was the last local beacon of political talk in the morning. Good luck to you Kirby.

Ed in Puyallup

Posted by: Ed Scherer on November 14, 2009 07:03 AM
48. So tell me, if it were ratings, how did the Tea Party Express go from an expected 500 person turnout to 5000! KVI, have fun with Carson, I'm outta here!

Posted by: Jerry on November 14, 2009 08:10 AM
49. If I turn on the radio and scheeching Laura Ingraham is on I will switch to 770 as I now do in the afternoon. Kirby was our local connection.

Posted by: Robert on November 14, 2009 08:15 AM
50. BG@45, your last paragraph about the "talk time" is spot on. If ever there was something distracting of his show, it's the second half of every hour. I emailed the program director once and said there's a 4 minute segment in that half hour missing an ad. Surely they could put a public service announcement in there.
If ever there was a coffin key applied to KVI, axing Kirby was it.

Posted by: PC on November 14, 2009 08:20 AM
51. Wow! That is cold way for a station to operate. No notice to its listeners? No opportunity to thank Kirby for his years of service? Regardless of whether the ratings are up or down, a new personality is being sought, blah blah blah, Kirby deserves a huge ovation for his time on air and off air. He brought a level of civic awareness like no other, reminding us of our responsibilities to this country.

I tend to be a Democrat, but I appreciate hearing both sides. Kirby was the one person who I respected.

Who is this Jim Clayton and when did he forget his compassion for people?

Posted by: Judy on November 14, 2009 08:49 AM
52. Kirby gone? So am I. Not only KVI, which I adored (except for Dennis Miller), but KOMO radio AND tv. Kirby was my link with local politics and content, and made the mornings tolerable in a world of liberalism gone amok.

Low ratings? If so, how come the 570th was always out in force when General Kirby called?

Kirby, keep up the good fight, and I'll catch you at your new home, wherever that is.

Posted by: Chuck on November 14, 2009 09:00 AM
53. Its a shame, but that's the way of radio. I'm sure he'll find something new to do. Perhaps he'll now have some time to do some politics.

Posted by: deadwood on November 14, 2009 09:05 AM
54. Colleen sweetie, what are you thinking? You can't just go and kick our best friend Kirby to the curb like yesterdays stale sandwich or were you taking advice from Joe? You know you two should have consulted someone like Diane Medved who is a licensed psychologist. She knows that conservatives who are Kirby's fans are not a bunch of lemmings who will follow whatever cheese you stick out there. They will follow their hometown talk show host like they followed Rush and Michael or have none of it at all. By the way, who did you ask if we listened to Kirby? No one asked me and mine! The advertisers are hearing from me, at least I know they are listening and asking questions of me.

Posted by: Shelley on November 14, 2009 09:30 AM
55. I use to listen to Kirby but after the way KVI treated Mr. Medved I tuned out and haven't been back. I enjoyed listening to Kirby and wish him well.

Posted by: Winston S on November 14, 2009 04:04 PM
56. I agree Winston S. Did anyone else notice that Kirby was only able to talk for a couple minutes before advertising spots kicked in? You can't hold an audience with that kind of format as important as advertising is. You need longer segments to keep people interested.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on November 14, 2009 05:43 PM
57. This should be a warning that KVI is caving in to Obongo and is going politically correct. Hell, Rush is on a weak station (I can barely pull it in!), and forget about Michael Medved and Mike Reagan (Ollie North is a kook and a fascist).

So, now we have to put up with national canned crap, and weirdos like George Noory. Screw you, KVI! Your advertisers will suffer.

Posted by: Sam on November 14, 2009 08:33 PM
58. KVI would be smart to keep Laura Ingraham at 6:00 am, and add Hugh Hewett from 3 to 6 pm. Seattle lost a good one when KOL switched to all business format. Hugh rates higher than Rush Limbaugh, in my opinion

Posted by: Brent on November 15, 2009 04:25 PM
59. I don't know what you're talking about Sam, KTTH has a stronger signal than KVI. We can drive all the way to the coast and still pick it up. Maybe you need to get a better radio.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on November 15, 2009 04:55 PM
60. KVI lost me when they lost Bob Hardwick! Ahhh, those were the days.

Posted by: Graham D on November 15, 2009 05:42 PM
61. I agree with many of Kirby's fans,he deserved a better send-off, if only for fans of KVI and it's former support of our community.My suggestion is for all to contact Kiel Mortgage,Niovita,Anderson Roofing,Zero-Res,King&Maciovic and any other former sponser of Kirby's show, and tell them to withdraw their$$$$$$$! Kirby recommendation on these and other companies, did stear me to buy with these sponsers.Hit KVI in the pocketbook!They are OFF all my preset buttons on all radios.

Posted by: Maillady Marsha on November 15, 2009 07:13 PM
62. Sometimes we are moved outside and the door, and the door is shut. Before we start banging on the door, it's always a good idea to look around for a door that is open. America is in dire need of constitutionalists in the U.S. Congress.

Posted by: teri on November 15, 2009 07:59 PM
63. I am not surprised. I tried listening to Kirby a few different times over the last 5 or so years. He always came off as a republican over principles guy. I do not enjoy listening to the guys (Boze is included here) who always just look at how to spin things to make the democrats look bad and republicans good. Too often both sides should be lambasted and the good hosts will do that.

I do not like alot of what Beck says but he is willing to attack both sides and for that I respect him and listen to his show.

I would like to hear Brian and the Judge in the morning rather than at night. The Judge Rocks!

Posted by: Lysander on November 15, 2009 08:15 PM
64. Suits was great radio. When Fisher cut him, that was all you needed to know about their sorry management. The morning show format for Wilbur was also a big mistake.

Posted by: Jeff B. on November 15, 2009 08:34 PM
65. KVI used to be my only channel. Ever since they jumped the shark by dumping on Medved in order to make Hannity happy they have waned. This is the latest in a string of lousy moves. Not sure I have any reason left to tune them in. Kirby may have not have gotten high ratings, but he reached a market that others could not. Enjoyed his mix of local an national but guess I'll get them from Boze in the afternoon since I've already moved to 770 for the rest of my day.

Posted by: microdav on November 16, 2009 01:59 AM
66. KVI used to be my only channel. Ever since they jumped the shark by dumping on Medved in order to make Hannity happy they have waned. This is the latest in a string of lousy moves. Not sure I have any reason left to tune them in. Kirby may have not have gotten high ratings, but he reached a market that others could not. Enjoyed his mix of local an national but guess I'll get them from Boze in the afternoon since I've already moved to 770 for the rest of my day.

Posted by: microdav on November 16, 2009 01:59 AM
67. KV-Idol - in 2004 - was fun!

Posted by: amy hass on November 16, 2009 05:35 AM
68. KV-Idol - in 2004 - was fun!

Posted by: amy hass on November 16, 2009 05:35 AM
69. KVI Idol - in 2004 - was fun!

Posted by: amy hass on November 16, 2009 05:35 AM
70. Incredible! I tuned in this morning and heard Gibson trashing George W Bush. THen I realized that Kirby was gone--surely the Libs have finally won you over. You have lost me too. What a sorry station!

Posted by: Marlene Hutchison on November 16, 2009 06:49 AM
71. Kirby - you'll land on your feet and be even better than before. Here's an e-mail I sent to KVI. I know Kirby, you being the gentleman that you are, you would discourage people from speaking ill of KVI or Fisher, but they started the fight.
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E-mail to KVI:

Shame on you for firing Kirby!!!

You guys just cut your own throat. And the lame statement you issued, a lousy seven
lines for all the years of great work, shows your true colors. You are gutless and
disgusting. How dare you be so spineless
and pathetic as to suggest that you let Kirby go because of ratings - good God, how
stupid do you must think we are! If your ratings are sliding, it most certainly wasn't because
of Kirby. You want sliding ratings? Watch them slide now!!

This act of yours will be forever remembered as the beginning of the
demise of 570KVI as a great conservative talk radio - but maybe that's your intent all
along, eh? Good job station manager. Three cheers for you. You don't even have the
balls to put out your name in your pathetic, insulting statement.

Fisher Communications, you listening? You've been infiltrated by some rats, your KVI
station manager being one of them. Or is he/she just your mouth piece? You better clean
your house, before your ship sinks.

From a listener of KVI no more!
Jim Keeffe
Fall City
Posted by Jim Keeffe at November 16, 2009 06:45 AM

Posted by: Jim Keeffe on November 16, 2009 06:55 AM
72. I was shocked to hear Kirby had been removed from KVI. He was the best we had to listen to at that hour - Glenn is too hyper and crazy for me to listen to for more than l0 minutes. Kirby, best to you and hope you land at a place that appreciates your patriotism and local political savy!

Posted by: Dorothy Addington on November 16, 2009 12:33 PM
73. KVI lost another listener! I am going to another conservative station. Laura is too much to handle first thing in the morning. I listened to Kirby for years and hope he finds another local station. Again it was poor taste for KVI to not allow listeners to know ahead of time that Kirby was not going to have his contract renewed. Why is it no one ever asks me what I listen to or watch on the rare times I have time for TV?

Posted by: Carol on November 16, 2009 07:03 PM
74. KVI lost another listener! I am going to another conservative station. Laura is too much to handle first thing in the morning. I listened to Kirby for years and hope he finds another local station. Again it was poor taste for KVI to not allow listeners to know ahead of time that Kirby was not going to have his contract renewed. Why is it no one ever asks me what I listen to or watch on the rare times I have time for TV?

Posted by: Carol on November 16, 2009 07:03 PM
75. KVI lost another listener! I am going to another conservative station. Laura is too much to handle first thing in the morning. I listened to Kirby for years and hope he finds another local station. Again it was poor taste for KVI to not allow listeners to know ahead of time that Kirby was not going to have his contract renewed. Why is it no one ever asks me what I listen to or watch on the rare times I have time for TV?

Posted by: Carol K on November 16, 2009 07:03 PM
76. If you would like to do something positive for Kirby I suggest you go to Wikipedia and sign up as an editor. The page on Kirby is skimpy and leads with: "As of November 12, 2009, Kirby Wilbur was let go by KVI. Laura Ingraham's syndicated show" replaces ..." It would be great to see people build up this page to reflect all the many contributions Kirby has made to our community. At one point one editor asked to have his page removed because he had contributed nothing of value to deserve be included in Wikipedia.

I for one will no longer be listening to KVI. Kirby was my last ray of hope in keeping informed on the activities of the loony liberals in this state. He is not only informative but is a great educator, my mornings will not be the same. I begin each day with my cup of coffee, reading email and listening to Kirby for the past 10+ years. Now I will be listening to Glen Beck! I will miss Kirby's insight into WA state conservative politics and his common sense approach providing information on the Obama Administration radical platform!

Posted by: Sandy on November 17, 2009 11:00 AM
77. I too was wondering why Laura was on yesterday morning. Time to start research and so I headed to your site to find out Kiby was "let go". Transformation is now complete; adjusting the sails and moving on over to KTTH.

Posted by: Robert on November 17, 2009 11:14 AM
78. Kirby Wilbur was one of the most enthusiastic backers of the conservative movement in the State of Washington. His dedication to the Toys for Tots drive of the US Marine Corps which is one of my most favorite charities is unprecedented.

Letting Kirby go is KVI's second biggest mistake. Their first was firing Michael Medved which eventually lead to their loss of the Rush Limbaugh show to KTTH. If the ratings for KVI have dropped, it is due to some very poor mismanagement decisions at that station's parent company.

Maybe KTTH will pick up Kirby....then I can listen to that station exclusively. If KVI is smart, they will reconsider their decision, reverse it and bring Kirby back.

Posted by: LoveMyGOP on November 17, 2009 02:14 PM
79. Kirby Wilbur was one of the most enthusiastic backers of the conservative movement in the State of Washington. His dedication to the Toys for Tots drive of the US Marine Corps which is one of my most favorite charities is unprecedented.

Letting Kirby go is KVI's second biggest mistake. Their first was firing Michael Medved which eventually lead to their loss of the Rush Limbaugh show to KTTH. If the ratings for KVI have dropped, it is due to some very poor mismanagement decisions at that station's parent company.

Maybe KTTH will pick up Kirby....then I can listen to that station exclusively. If KVI is smart, they will reconsider their decision, reverse it and bring Kirby back.

Posted by: LoveMyGOP on November 17, 2009 02:14 PM
80. Kirby Wilbur was one of the most enthusiastic backers of the conservative movement in the State of Washington. His dedication to the Toys for Tots drive of the US Marine Corps which is one of my most favorite charities is unprecedented.

Letting Kirby go is KVI's second biggest mistake. Their first was firing Michael Medved which eventually lead to their loss of the Rush Limbaugh show to KTTH. If the ratings for KVI have dropped, it is due to some very poor mismanagement decisions at that station's parent company.

Maybe KTTH will pick up Kirby....then I can listen to that station exclusively. If KVI is smart, they will reconsider their decision, reverse it and bring Kirby back.

Posted by: LoveMyGOP on November 17, 2009 02:14 PM
81. Look, Kirby is a nice guy and a decent radio host, but he represents and older generation of GOP stalwarts who are not relevant to a new generation of conservatives. It was his time. His show had gotten really stale and lame.

Hopefully, they can find another local talent in the style of Brian Suits who is a lot more entertaining and not just a Republican lackey. I won't boycott because I love Laura (what's with all this complaining about "screaming"?), but I hope they get their scheduling straight.

Posted by: roughrider1901 on November 19, 2009 12:20 PM
82. Look, Kirby is a nice guy and a decent radio host, but he represents and older generation of GOP stalwarts who are not relevant to a new generation of conservatives. It was his time. His show had gotten really stale and lame.

Hopefully, they can find another local talent in the style of Brian Suits who is a lot more entertaining and not just a Republican lackey. I won't boycott because I love Laura (what's with all this complaining about "screaming"?), but I hope they get their scheduling straight.

Posted by: roughrider1901 on November 19, 2009 12:21 PM
83. Look, Kirby is a nice guy and a decent radio host, but he represents and older generation of GOP stalwarts who are not relevant to a new generation of conservatives. It was his time. His show had gotten really stale and lame.

Hopefully, they can find another local talent in the style of Brian Suits who is a lot more entertaining and not just a Republican lackey. I won't boycott because I love Laura (what's with all this complaining about "screaming"?), but I hope they get their scheduling straight.

Posted by: roughrider1901 on November 19, 2009 12:29 PM
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