I don’t know exactly how long I’ve been a regular guest on Bill Vickery’s Sunday morning radio show.
It has been a long time.
I know it has been more than 13 years. In my copy of “The Historical Report of the Arkansas Secretary of State,” I found a list of the 20 biggest Arkansas political events of the 20th century that I had prepared for Bill’s final show of 1999 when it was on KARN-AM, 920.
Bill later moved the three-hour Sunday morning program to KABZ-FM, 103.7, and continued to have me as a regular guest. Through the years, things just evolved. I would show up for the final hour, and the two of us would talk sports.
I was always gratified (and a little amazed) with how many people all over the state would tell me they listened to and enjoyed that hour.
Prior to this Sunday’s show, I want to let you know that I will no longer be heard on the Buzz on Sunday mornings.
This was not my choice.
And I want to make it clear that it was not Bill’s choice. Apparently, station management is now dictating who Bill can and cannot have as guests, and I’ve been banned from the Buzz.
They couldn’t fire me, you see, because they never paid me for my hour with Bill.
I know what you’re asking: Why devote an hour every Sunday to something for which you weren’t paid?
There were two reasons: Bill is my friend, and it was fun.
It was as simple as that.
When I agreed to help out another friend, Blake Eddins, with a new Monday night show on Fresh Talk 93.3, I never dreamed it would create a problem for Bill. You see, I’ve done commentary and hosted shows on numerous Little Rock radio and television stations for more than two decades and it has never been a problem before.
On Tuesday night, for instance, I did election night commentary on both KTHV-TV, Channel 11, and KUAR-FM, 89.1. For years, I’ve helped host a Friday night high school scoreboard show that’s distributed statewide from the KARN studios.
Now, however, the decision apparently has been made that anyone who appears regularly on 93.3 can’t appear on the Buzz.
I’m reminded of what was said at the recent 50th anniversary party for KAAY-AM that I attended and wrote about on this blog: Radio is just not as fun as it used to be.
I still have a lot of friends who work at 103.7. That won’t change. It’s just that you won’t be hearing me anymore. I felt I owed you an explanation prior to Sunday.
Thanks for listening, and thanks for your positive comments through the years.
Like I said, it was great fun.