We Winnipeg radio listening folks suffered another huge loss today at the hands of SNTS. Yes folks that’s right, Shiny New Toy Syndrome has struck again.
This morning as I arrived at work and enjoyed my morning coffee before my shift I as always perused the local newspapers and found that the morning show at Power 97 had quit en masse in a contract dispute with Corus Radio the parent company of the station. Tragic as this seemed I took it with a grain of salt, if three reasonable adults choose to better their situation in live and quit over contractual issues more power to them. In reality it would have little impact on my life as I have been a life long listener of 92.1 CITI FM. The station that sent Darlene and I to New York and started my blogging hobby.
Things were going well at work until a great co-worker of mine bounded in with i-phone in hand asking me if I had heard the radio news? Sure I said the Power 97 staff quit. No, that’s not all he said they are taking over the morning show on CITI.
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!
In a heartbeat, a morning team that had been in my life for the better part of 20 years was over. That great morning team, already handicapped by the loss of Kathy Kennedy casually discarded less than a year ago. The loss of K.K. was tragic enough, but now Tom and Joe are gone too, turfed for a shiny new toy in the form of Wheeler, Philly and Rena. The friendship, the loss of Joe’s wife Alana to cancer, hearing about Tom’s many children growing up all flushed down the shitter with the promise of crappy phone gags and toilet humor.
Colour me not impressed.
I guess that’s what executives in flashy suits like though, shiny new things they can brag about to their friends. Fuck history, fuck on air friendship. We got us a bunch of potty talking radio jocks.
OH JOY! I can hardly wait, talk radio here I come.