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September 26, 2006

David Lawrence

I am sad to see David Lawrence leave WDAF (9/22, A-1, “Two legendary radio voices go silent at WDAF”).

I’ve listened to him and WDAF every morning since I moved to this city in 1974 and even before. Growing up in central Missouri in the 1950s and 1960s, my folks tuned our old AM radio to WDAF, and we kids knew better than to change the dial.

David, we will miss you, but I can’t blame you for retiring. The old 61 Country lost a great deal when it became 106.5-FM. One could hear the AM signal over 300 miles out from Kansas City. Now, on a drive to St. Louis, 106.5 fades around Columbia. It’s pretty wimpy.

David appealed to us. He wasn’t mouthy, cutesy or frenetic with his approach. Most morning drive-time shows are like driving in a hail storm: noisy, irritating and insulting. They inspire road rage.

Radio stations and media companies in general are all about chasing the younger market. Hello, out there, radio program directors: We in the middle-age bracket grew up listening to you, and we remain your most stable market, if you’d pay some attention.

What is left for the middle-age listener? Crumbs?

Bridget Bauer
Kansas City



Try 90.1 The Bridge out of Warrensburg. it's NPR programming part of the day, but music I like a lot for the rest. It's been described as "alternative for adults". John Hart, who bounced around KC FM for years, is the program director.


I used to regularly pick up WDAF over 400 miles from KC, but only for an hour or so each evening about sundown.

The changes at 61Country and KMBZ (after their tilt to the 'right'to become KC's RNC 'party above all else' radio affiliate) pushed me into satellite radio. Satellite radio never fades.

Thank you, Mr. Programer.

big dreamer

First, there is a reason FM signals do not reach 300 miles. They use the atmosphere differently. They are more linear. AM stations lose a lot of quality because of the distance they can travel.

Second, being an avid radio listener I think change is a good thing. I agree some morning drive shows are annoying but you can always change the station :) Listen to NPR if you don't like the morning shows on today. Usually the goal of a radio station is to appeal to the greatest number of people who listen to the radio. They have found that most of those people are younger people and shows like the lowly "Mancow" are very popular (he is like Howard Stern).
I listen to 106.5 and Q104 as well. I switch between the two because I don't always like the morning programming. I also listen to the Fox and the Bob and Tom show because they do appeal to the middle-aged person.

Anyways. I would love to get a job in radio but, like many other careers these days..you have to have experience and you can't get experience until you have experience so you will see the radio shows die slowly in the future anyways as these crews all retire.

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