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Saturday, September 30, 2006

More Media Salsipuedes

I was thinking yesterday that now that the vote of The Organized is over -- we will probably see more News-Press employees leave in that there was bound to be a few that were just holding out for the vote. Good for them but maybe bad for those that are left.

Surprisingly the "salsipuedes", or "get out while you can", mentality may be infectious. Craig Smith reports today that Matt McAllister from KTYD is off the air due to a controversy with management between music and talk. Craig also reports that this is Debby Davison's last night at KEYT.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a yet another example of how out of touch with the community the local media is. For almost 8 years, or is it more, Matt McAllister’s Early Show has aired on KTYD. Apparently the management of the station feels that this shows popularity is due to the Classic Rock format of KTYD. It makes one wonder if they have ever listened to the show. Matt, Julie, Hayseed and Joe put on a show that can only be described as Santa Barbara’s more upbeat and better thought out Mark and Brian. KTYD management has deemed that Matt should stop taking listeners calls, and play more music. I am gathering that Matt wishes to do the opposite and go to a 100% talk like format (that would be why people are listening to the Early Show in the first place). KTYD’s program manager Keith Royer can be reached at and is most probably open to read listeners opinions. Perhaps if those of us that enjoy listening to Matt’s show would email him, KTYD’s management will learn from example that one should listen to the public when one is relying on them for the business and ratings.

9/30/2006 10:43 AM  
Anonymous harping said...

It does seem like change is in the air with our local media. I'm grateful for the small but mighty blog triumvirate of Blogabarbara, Edhat & Craig Smith for being the most consistently informative & entertaining sources of local news & commentary. Example: yesterday I saw Edhat's news brief about Craig's posting about Matt McAllister--I clicked & read that story & then saw the bonus piece about the Debby Davison tribute last night. Thanks to that reference I made sure to turn on KEYT (I rarely watch TV)in time to see the tribute which I thought was lovely. I was glad to see that today's N-P actually has a nice story about Debby--however, the reporter included something disturbing early in the piece: it says Debby had been diagnosed with breast cancer in January, but then there is no further reference to this news (an example of poor reporting & editing). It would have been appropriate to include something about the course of treatment she chose & how she is doing, especially since Debby has been active in fundraising for local breast cancer groups. I did a Google search but could find no relevant reference to this news.

9/30/2006 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stopped listenign to KTYD because of all the talking. It was too much. Then I got an IPod (the local radio here stinks) - which I can play on the car stereo and listen to music, Podcasts, etc.

I'm not going back to radio. Just another dying segment of the old media.

9/30/2006 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed that they Haven't taken Debbie Davidson's picture off the KEYT website yet. I thought whe was gone? What's the deal?

10/03/2006 2:14 PM  
Blogger Craig Smith's Blog said...

The first resignationssince the union vote at the News-Press went down this morning. Starshine Roshell and travel editor Al Bonowitz. (Read more.)

10/03/2006 2:53 PM  

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