’tis true. My employment at WLVL in Lockport came to an abrupt end early yesterday morning.

You may have heard rumors about it or seen it in the local paper … but I wanted to give you the straight dope … cause, that’s what I do.

I’d been at WLVL for nearly seven years now. And it was a job I loved doing. I said frequently, I got paid to do what I would have been doing anyway, bitching about the world in which we live … and – moreso – the community in which we live. And just shy of seven years is a pretty damn good run if I do say so myself.

As for the reasoning of my termination, I can’t really say for sure. Station owner Dick Greene simply said he wasn’t happy with the direction things were going.

Personally, I thought I was doing a good job. Talking politics. Talking local issues. And having fun doing it. I know then when I left WECK earlier this year, several listeners from that radio station followed me over to WLVL and would not only listen, but call into Dialog. Frankly, it gave the show new life.

I have no animosity towards Dick. He is a very good man … and has always treated me with the greatest respect … and frankly could have fired me several times over the course of the years, but didn’t. He even mentioned that he might come banging on my door some day begging me to come back. I’d be open to the idea, that’s for sure.

So, if you heard there was yelling, screaming or some big blowout, that simply isn’t true. The radio industry is ever-changing … and I can’t fault Dick for deciding to make a change. Even if I disagree with the decision.

Now, of course, the hard part. I have to find another job … again.

You may recall I used to work for Greater Niagara News and had been let go from there a few years ago as part of a massive downsizing on their part. Fortunately, I already had my foot in the door at WLVL and parlayed my talk show into a full-time gig, including that of production director.

I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have been able to pick up a wide variety of skills … and make a lot of long-lasting relationships. Hopefully those skills and contacts will make finding a new gig less difficult for me.

I loved radio and would love to stay in radio, but Buffalo’s a small town and there really aren’t that many talk show host positions open, ya know? I have journalism experience and could go back to writing. In fact, I think you’ll see me writing for print again soon … but details on that are not yet hashed out, so I can’t say for sure what it’ll be. And hey, I’m not THAT ugly … so TV is always an option. There’s also public relations. Or I could be a migrant worker. But that’s my least favorite option.

Moral of this story … thank you for your words of support … and you’ll see me again.

14 thoughts on “All things come to an end …”
  1. i am sorry you are gone, you had some interesting shows.
    but i still think you were totally wrong buying a foreign car, maybe if you and many others had bought American our community would still be thriving!

  2. This could be a blessing in disgise. We are never certain what the future holds for us. Too bad some of these commenters feel it necessary to step on a person when they are down. I think you had a good run for an unknown. I never agreed with all of your view points, but I will miss your show. it was informative and entertaining as well.

  3. Scott,

    I will miss you show – I enjoyed our conversations even though we only agreed about half of the time.

    Best of luck in the job search I'm sure that you will land on your feet – just stay clear of politics.

    Rob from Lewiston

  4. i remember you saying the sports guy was doing that friday, but when the news guy kept talking after news and there was no opening song…seriously wtf

  5. OMG, FIRST DON THEN AL AND TO TOP IT OFF KATHY.TALK ABOUT THREE POD'S THAT PEE. CAN WE AT LEAST GET J.R. BACK TO MAKE THEM SHUT UP.

  6. I for one will miss your show. I found it very informative at times. I also loved a couple of regular call in's Bob Confer and Nuclear Lou. I also loved the way you conducted interviews with a legislature members or Mayor Tucker. I always thought you were fair and balanced in them maybe a bit soft at times for respect of the individual but you were a professional. I hope you land on your feet and this opens up new opportunity’s for you and we get to hear from you again. Hey please keep in touch with your loyal listening audience by keeping your blog and web site going.

  7. I was hoping you were on vacation…I listen to talk radio all day, and you were by far, my favorite talk show host…I'm assuming the problems must have been internal, cause I really think you were good at what you did..I hope you stick with the same field…..On a lighter note, your replacement won't be in your spot too long, after calling the president a "commie" today…Remember ,networking gets people hired…And we know, you know how to network..Good luck..Rich at Aero…

  8. Sorry to see you go. The program was fun and informative with you. I wish you luck in your future. These comments show the class and immaturity of the person, not to mention the fact that they can't even stand up to what they have to say, let's stand behind anonymous, how gutless can you be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take care Scott, Kathy

  9. KATHY…. STFU, YOU ARE AS DUMB AS YOU SOUND. YOU DON AND AL SHOULD JUST GET A ROOM AND GET IT OVER WITH. FORM YOUR GROUP AND COME OUT SWINGING…BOTH WAY'S.

  10. GOOD LUCK KATHY, CALL THE SHOW AND LET DON AND AL KNOW HOW YOU MADE OUT. YOUR GROUP ROCKS,BUT I THINK IT'S JUST THE SOUND IN YOUR HEAD'S.

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