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KEXP dj shakedown

What's going on at KEXP?

Amanda Wilde has been fired? Stevie Zoom no longer has the afternoon shift? I noticed that these two were not on the air recently, but I didn't know there was such a big shake down. Curious...



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Jan. 16th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
and the Graceland is closed down!
Jan. 16th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
Graceland will open back up at the end of the month. They're doing a minor remodel.
(no subject) - tanukisuit - Jan. 17th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - xkissikx - Feb. 12th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - patrick - Feb. 12th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 16th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
And they are opening back up with a stupid new name!
Jan. 16th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
While I am mourning Stevie leaving, I'm not at all sad about Amanda getting the axe. My suspicions is that her health has played a reason to her leaving. She missed significant time last year, sometimes up to two weeks at a stretch. Kevin and Cheryl (le sigh.. I miss Matt) were the next two in line, even if it is a bit nepotistic that kevin is also the program manager. Small station, I guess everyone has to wear a couple of different hats.

Nearly 10 years without any change in dj at a station where the dj gets to pick the music ie near absolute controle, is quite a long time anyways. In with the new! I would have liked to seen Lisa Wood get the afternoon gig, but I know she is busy doing traffic reports.
Jan. 16th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
Stevie Zoom was a favorite of mine, but I think everyone is ok/happy with Amanda getting replaced. It's amazing how static that station has been with the dj staff.

I would like to see someone other than Cheryl Waters have the afternoon show. She's better at night. I think they should move someone fresh in there.
(no subject) - langston - Jan. 17th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 16th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
thank god amanda wilde is finally gone. maybe now it's safe to turn on the radio.
Jan. 16th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
I liked Stevie Zoom, but I'm with you on Amanda Wilde being gone. I am ready for someone else in the afternoons.
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Jan. 21st, 2005 06:12 am (UTC)
im drunk and this is confusing and scary and confusing and i dunnnnoo jwhat to say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHATTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????????????????????????? the're GONE???????
did amanda have sex in the studio? why'd she get fired? she was so, so calmind and sooothing....awww shitaki mushrooms. i hate kexp.
Jan. 21st, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
I don't know! I can't imagine her actually being fired. But she just kinda disappeared.
Jan. 23rd, 2005 06:13 am (UTC)
maybe NPR gave her better benefits if she went full-time, or perhaps her contract was up....or just mayyybeeeee her and Paul Allen had an affair and his wife found out.....OH ALL THE POSSIBILITIES....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*queue the dramatic music* - patrick - Jan. 23rd, 2005 10:08 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 22nd, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)
kexp ... so sad
it's sad when a great station like KCMU gets "bought" and bloats it's own version of Carson Daly as John Richards and claims they are commercial free when they are always promoting Starbucks or Rhino releases ... losers. they are The End.
Jan. 22nd, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
a little bitter?
now, i never listened to the station when it was KCMU because I grew up in Issaquah which is the one place in the eastside that doesn't get 90.3 clearly, but I'm not sure how you can be so bitter about it. KEXP is one of the best things about seattle.

Is the underwriting on KEXP that bad? No, I don't think so. I've listened to nonprofit radio stations that are much worse. Surf the internet and listen to some radio stations there.
Jan. 23rd, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
Re: a little bitter?
yeah - i guess i was bitter. i was bummed that stevie and mamanda are no longer on the staion but here i am at home listening to KEXP right now. it is one of the best stations going. but ... they are getting somewhat commercial even if it his hidden in their play lists and it's still a little sad that they are no longer the local/seattlestaion they once were - but now a world wide alterna-force. oh well - times are changing and i guess i should get used to it. thanks.
Re: a little bitter? (TAKE II - sans typos) - (Anonymous) - Jan. 24th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC) - Expand
conquering the world - patrick - Jan. 24th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC) - Expand
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Re: conquering the world - (Anonymous) - Feb. 9th, 2005 02:11 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: conquering the world--Amanda was the best - (Anonymous) - Feb. 11th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: conquering the world--Amanda was the best - (Anonymous) - Feb. 11th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: conquering the world--Amanda was the best - (Anonymous) - Feb. 12th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: conquering the world--Amanda was the best - patrick - Feb. 28th, 2005 01:10 am (UTC) - Expand
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Feb. 27th, 2005 06:34 am (UTC)
KEXP Change of DJs & Format
I don't have my own blog but I saw these comments and thought I could comment on the "change" at KEXP, esp after reading the Seattle Weekly article in the Feb 23 edition. Amanda W was "let go" (she got the news the same day she was let go); Steve was "demoted". They were squeezed out. Neither fitted in culturally with the newer KEXP environment nor musically with the current KEXP programming plan to go to a post-college/alt-pop/urban format during the "Variety Mix" programming. Both Amanda and Steve had some of the widest knowledge and experience with all formats of any of the DJs at KEXP and knew how to mix them seamlessly. If you look at the music charts in the last year and a half, you will see that the amount of jazz, roots, world, and other music genres (not the ones I've mentioned above) that traditionally had been in rotation have been significantly reduced. But the alt-pop etc selections have been increased. It's a programming and cultural change for KEXP no matter how it is spinned. It's up to each listener to decide whether that is a change that meets their musical tastes.

From one who knows -
Mar. 7th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
Re: KEXP Change of DJs & Format
Amanda wasn't really "let go", say what it was... she was fired. I don't think she was surprised. Anyone at the station who doesn't suck up to the holy trinity - John, Cheryl or Kevin will probably find themselves in the same shoes. I've heard the stories and rumors around the change in stakes at the station, i.e. the money the station needs to run, which has increased so much since the days of KCMU. I can't stand the water down playlist... both John & Cheryl's show are the same and mostly new "indie stuff" (maybe they are getting payed to play some of that crap) and old MTV "cutting edge" bands. Not much substance there. Can you stand the almost daily "Your New Favorite Band"? I can't. I didn't renew my membership this pledge drive and find myself listening more to CDs and NPR then KEXP, which sucks. I think the station has forever changed, and there is no going back. I predict that in the next year or so there will be more "changes to schedule" as they move more and more to the bland side of the dial. Almost makes me long for the days of CURSE (anyone remember that?).
Re: KEXP Change of DJs & Format - (Anonymous) - Mar. 7th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC) - Expand
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