We’ve been anticipating major programming changes any day, so when 710-KIRO management called an all-staff meeting for today at noon, everybody pretty much expected the other shoe to drop. Starting tomorrow the Dori and Ron & Don shows each slide an hour earlier, with a new long format news show hosted by Tony Miner moving into the 6-7PM slot. Ron Reagan and New York Vinnie are gone, with a yet to be announced new show coming soon in the 7-10PM slot. Frank Shiers will host from 10PM to 1AM, and while I’m sure he doesn’t mind losing that dreaded fourth hour, I’m pretty damn sure he would have preferred trimming the last hour rather than the first.
I can’t comment on the changes from a programming perspective (the general reaction seemed to be favorable,) but I can tell you that Ron Reagan will be missed around the office. I’ve only had the opportunity to chat with him a couple of times, but Ron is uniformly thought of as a “really nice guy” in an industry where niceness is nowhere near a prerequisite for success. Likewise, I will personally miss Vinnie, who I’ve gotten to know a bit from my occasional fill-ins on weeknights. I wish both Ron and Vinnie the very best.
As for me, I’m still here. The Orb and my other righty critics will be disappointed to learn that these programming changes impact weekdays only; my 7-10PM weekend show remains untouched. I intend to try to make the most out the tremendous opportunity that I have.