Drew Dropped!

Real Radio drops Drew Garabo

Real Radio WTKS (104.1-FM) abruptly dropped veteran talk radio host Drew Garabo Monday, saying it planned to take its nighttime programming in a “different direction.”

Garabo, who joined the station in 1993 and started his own show two years later, said he was told that his show was canceled shortly before he was scheduled to go on the air. The showed aired between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekdays.

“The reasons really weren’t spelled out for me,” Garabo said. “It came a week after I signed my contract with the station.”

Clear Channel, the media company that owns WTKS and six other Central Florida radio stations, said it eventually expects to replace Garabo with another talk show.

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Is anyone else rather pissed about this? Sure his show has waned in quality over the last few months, but it was still one of the best talk radio shows in the area. By the tone of the stories it sounds like Drew wanted to leave, which if true then I hope he moves on to greener pastures. If he was fired by ClearChannel for not wanting to succumb to their whims then I commend him for not giving in and condemn ClearChannel for being the fucked up entity that they are.

Drew, you will be missed.

50 Comments so far

  1. David July (unregistered) on January 18th, 2005 @ 10:09 pm

    http://wtks.com/drew_diary.html

    So, This is how it ends…

    I’ve learned that when your boss calls you to come in to a meeting before your show it’s rarely good news. My discontent with my current job had been growing and manifesting itself for quite some time now, and something had to give. Today, it gave. I can honestly say that while it’s never easy being forced to move in another direction, I can totally see how this is a good thing for WTKS and for me personally. You never want someone on your radio station who isn’t happy, and on a personal level I’ve wanted to try something else for a while now but lacked the cojones to walk away from a comfortable job.

    I have learned a few things in this big world of ours, and one of them is to never burn bridges. I have no axe to grind, I put myself in this situation and now I must face the consequences. I’m excited about what the next chapter of my life will bring, but a little anxious as the radio business is all I’ve known for over a decade. Going back to work in restaurants seems the logical choice, but I’ve never been a huge fan of logic. The main reason I’ve stayed in radio for so long is because it’s relatively easy work and the rewards can be vast on a superficial level. However, I was starting to feel like maybe I’ve said all there is for me to say on this radio station. I marched to the beat of my own drummer for the better part of my career, and being forced to adhere to what others thought would be good for ratings or advertisers never really sat well with me. Don’t get me wrong, I would have loved for this to come to an end in a different fashion…but as they say, “one door closes and another opens.”

    Thanks a lot for listening and reading my words. I don’t know that this will even make it to the website (or for how long it will stay), but hopefully a few of you will read this and know that I’ve enjoyed conversing with you over the past few years. I’ve made some great connections, worked with and for some good people, and I don’t have too many regrets. I’ve spoken my mind, dealt with the consequences, and now I’ll see what life has in store for me and my family. Best of luck to all of you, and maybe our paths will cross again. If not, stay true to yourself and those who love you.

    Drew Garabo

    PS: I can no longer be reached at my old email addy, but feel free to drop me a line at thedrewsho @ aol.com (guess I should think about changing that screenname). I’ll entertain all job offers.


  2. Jenn (unregistered) on January 18th, 2005 @ 11:24 pm

    What ever happened to freedom of speech?
    What ever happened to not having to worry about what you say or do?
    I hear more crap about sex, swear words talked, bitching and any stuff while standing in the line at my local Publix. Good for him if he walked cause he couldn’t speak his mind. This FCC crap is really starting to get overly harsh.


  3. Dawn (unregistered) on January 19th, 2005 @ 11:26 am

    Well this post will probably not make me popular nor will it win friends and influence people… but here’s my HUMBLE opinion for what’s it worth.

    I don’t know Drew personally, but I was not crazy about his show. Yes, I used to listen quite a bit because of my job commute and because I loved listening to Jim Phillips and the Phile and Drew would come on afterwards and often I would just keep listening because it was easier than surfing to find something else.

    Here’s what *I*, a single mother of 2 in her late 30s heard. I heard a cocky, arrogant, self serving egomanic who loved to hear himself talk. He belittled people, he made fun of the less bright, he road on the backs of the little people and disdained them the entire time.

    Now do I get it that it’s just “entertainment”? Sure I do. Do I think South Park and The Simpsons are funny even when they do things far worse? Sure. But that’s a cartoon. These were real people.

    So am I sorry that the likes of Drew and Howard are off the air? Not really. Isn’t there something a bit more interesting out there that we can all enjoy without having to do it at the expense of others or in such an arrogant way that it no longer becomes funny?

    Maybe I’m the only one who thinks funny things are when people make fun of themselves, instead of others. Maybe I’m the only person who thinks that obnoxious radio personalities give young listeners the idea to swear at their teachers or their parents, or to think that life is all about a cushy job where you don’t have to answer to anybody.

    No… I am not a politically correct person and I make gaffs all the time and say things out of turn and suffer the consequences for my ability to be obtuse at times. I don’t want to listen to Jimmy Swaggart talking about loving thy neighbor as thyself either.

    Isn’t there a happy medium in here?!?!

    I guess that’s part of what comes with freedom of speach. And believe me, Drew exercised his as did Howard Stern and other so-called shock jocks. Not saying Drew is a shock-jock, but it sure seems like they are being targeted lately.

    But my point is this… America’s freedoms come with a heavy price. It means having to listen to someone else’s choice of music at a traffic light as it blares from their car into yours… even though your windows are closed with the a/c on and the radio too.

    America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center-stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.

    I’m not a politician… but I play one on TV. Just my opinion folks… just some food for thought.


  4. Steve (unregistered) on January 20th, 2005 @ 11:51 am

    Gonna have to agree with Jenn!

    I’ve listened to the entire lineup of WTKS since Russ and Bo were doing Saturday mornings, and since Drew was producing the Ed Till show. I’ve been an avid listener of Drew’s show for years.

    But in the last few years, its become more and more obvious that Drew’s on air personality was starting to become more Ed Till like. He constantly berates his listeners that don’t call in spewing the Garabo mind set. He started out as a smart ass prankster, and has ended up as a mean spirited hater. For the first time in years, I found myself changing stations in the evening when driving home from work. His show, through no fault of its supporting cast, had become unfunny.

    For someone who isn’t afraid to let everyone know about his mental superiority, he came across as unreasonable and close minded, especially when talking about issues like politics. He refused to entertain conflicting opinions and because callers of different mindsets were guaranteed to be verbally slammed, they didn’t call in. Which meant that he had to eventually even assault people who agreed with him, keeping many people who might have been entertaining (had the show stayed light and comical) from calling in.

    Whether it was his dissatisfaction with his job or not, it came through on his show. That’s why he got canned. I for one smiled when I heard. Not for his pain or for his loss of years of work, but because now I might be able to keep listening to WTKS without having to change to something else at 7pm.


  5. Steve (unregistered) on January 20th, 2005 @ 11:52 am

    Doh… sorry… I’m agreeing with Dawn, not Jenn! Jenn is completely off her rocker…

    ;) just kidding!


  6. Tom (unregistered) on January 20th, 2005 @ 1:35 pm

    Now I’m going to have to come up with another excuse for laughing my ass off while driving home at night! Sorry; I just don’t like the way it was done. Drew isn’t the fry-cook at the bowling alley, he’s an on-air personality (or WAS!), and if you at least had some hope of retaining what his audience was, then you would have done things a little differently, WTKS. ClearChannel ends up looking like the rump ranger of free speech. Maybe it’s deserved…but Drew sure didn’t deserve the yank like that, and neither did his fans.


  7. Dave Enix (unregistered) on January 20th, 2005 @ 4:28 pm

    Drew was a major tool (using his favorite word) long before he became a DJ – I used to work with him in the food
    and beverage industry “years ago” and it was not uncommon for a customer to come close to knocking him out due to
    his smart ass mouth and reluctance to show a ounce of respect – He will not be missed on my end of the dial – He was
    arrogant, smug and pompous (I have no idea why, have you seen his mug?) – Good riddens – I am sure all of the single
    Moms out there will be happy as he loved to bash anyone who remotely thought about putting they’re child in daycare –
    We are talking about a guy who was proud to say he had not spoken to his sister in years due to a family squabble – I
    wonder how long his poor wife will hang in there with him since we know it was not looks or personality that got her to
    marry him…..he will now finds himself out there in the real world with all of us simpletons that he made a living goofing
    on….and I love his comment on his “final diary” trying to relate his unwillingness to conform to advertisers as the
    reason he got canned, he got canned because his show’s ratings sucked and have been for quite some time –


  8. Steve Wargo (unregistered) on January 20th, 2005 @ 7:24 pm

    I used to love his show back in the day, when Daniel was on. The games they played like Make ‘Em Say Uh were hilarious. They cut everything enjoyable about the show out and it became very boring. So in my mind the show died long ago.


  9. f (unregistered) on January 21st, 2005 @ 9:29 am

    Drew has been a total tool ever since he went on at 7. I am glad he is gone, because he was too arrogant for my tastes.


  10. jimmy (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2005 @ 12:34 pm

    Drew was an average radio ‘dj’ at best. he tried to be more than what his personality and wits would allow. he projected a monotone quality in his voice that, sadly, was not a radio act but the reflection of his inner stability. he thought he was a ‘top-dog’ but he foolishly forgot, in a society where there are corporate conglomerates, there are other ‘top-dogs.’


  11. Cutter McCoy (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2005 @ 1:39 am

    The first time Drew Garabo made me laugh was when I heard about his termination. Good riddance.

    Drew’s first show was on an early Monday morning, after Bill Cross got the axe. That afternoon, Jim Philips plugged Drew’s shoe, boasting that he got Garabo the gig, which prompted a few calls from the listeners who tuned Drew in the night before and heard him showing those early adult-adolescent ego fits against his former mentor. Philips called Drew on the air, berating him for having allegedly slammed Jim during the first show. While hearing Drew humbly beg and grovel with Jim on the radio wasn’t quite a laughing moment, it did provide a nice point of origin to guage the pompous ass that he’d eventually evolve into as his audience (mostly teens who couldn’t get into XL’s phone in line) grew in proportion to his ego.

    Sorry, Drew. Not even God (Philips) himself can save you now. Welcome to obscurity and local B-list celebritydom. At least you have a strong food service background, so you can walk into any McDonalds and get yourself a job, since it seems that your radio career is dead. :)


  12. David (unregistered) on January 24th, 2005 @ 2:29 am

    I have no idea why Drew got the axe. He had been talking about how he was looking to expand his horizons before contract time. So I’m surprised that after apparently signing a new one, WTKS decided to cut him loose. I suppose mysteries like this are why listeners out here in radio land are kept wondering if there’s really a plan or if the powers that be are flying by the seat of their collective pants. Remember, this is the same company (Clear Channel) that banned the playing of “Imagine”, among a long list of songs, after 9/11. Being big and acquisitive doesn’t necessarily make you wise or judicious in the exercise of power.

    What I will miss most is the infectious laugh of Drew’s most recent female sidekick, Melanie. I never once heard her laugh without breaking out into a grin sitting there at the wheel of my car. Hopefully, she, Drew and “Tuddle/EDNC” will go on to bigger and better things somewhere. I usually enjoyed the show, though at times it seems as if they were aiming at a humor level of Jr. High mentality and the caller abuse degenerated into being mean spirited rather than good natured.

    Life goes on. The only constant in the universe is change. We’ll just have to deal with it.


  13. ticoman (unregistered) on January 26th, 2005 @ 7:51 am

    Drew had the potential to make his show a very entertaining evening broadcast but unfortunately ego was very obvious and we were constantly reminded of it. Howard Stern belittles people on the air all the time but he does it in a way that doesn’t want me to change the station, Drew had a very mean spirited way. Treating people as stupid just because they have a southern accent was one of the things that made me change the dial.
    Drew will find aother job in radio because he is very good at it…justs needs to leave the ego at home. Johnny Carson is a perfect example…he had the right to have the biggest ego in the world but never let it show on the air.
    I wish the best of luck to Drew and his family and I’m sure that he can find another job in radio. Nobody can argue the fact that he has the talent and ability to host a talk radio program…at least no me.


  14. Don (unregistered) on January 26th, 2005 @ 1:41 pm

    Drew’s show was totally predictable since it always went the direction of Drew, and never of the listening audience. His ratings waned in direct proportion to his entertainment value.
    What a fun riot it could be if one his former show members (who left because of Drew) became his replacement, getting better ratings.
    Drew’s celebrity is now right up there with Right Said Fred. If you asked “Who?” then my point is proved.


  15. Zachary (unregistered) on January 28th, 2005 @ 12:34 pm

    Well, I hate to advocate the same thing as everyone else, but his show has been exponentially declining in content for the last several months. I used to be a fan, never missing a show…but lately, I barely remembered he still had a show. Shannon Burke has become my favorite host, ever since the first day he came to WTKS.


  16. dave (unregistered) on January 28th, 2005 @ 12:34 pm

    I have to agree with what has been so well said above. And for the first time ever, I am on the side of Clearchannel – as distasteful as that sounds coming out of my mouth. I am tired of rolling my eyes, and cringing in embarassment for Drew when he went on yet another one sided rant, and refused to see any other side – He would actually ask people what thier career was, and make fun of them for it. Well, Drew, welcome to the real world – If there is any such thing as karma, you will be asking me if I want ‘fries with that’ very soon, and for a very long time. I Wish Shannon Burke would do a double shift at WTKS…..


  17. jason (unregistered) on January 29th, 2005 @ 1:15 am

    Honestly.. I did not shed 1 tear…

    I do find it ironic however, that Drew’s Firing comes a week following his demanding Doc’s (From XL 106.7) termination due to his involvement with a Local Pastor embroiled in a bitter divorce..


  18. Jaffe (unregistered) on January 31st, 2005 @ 7:14 am

    The biggest “shame” of all here is that the sad, fat housewives of the world, with their myopic, thirteen Natty Ice leaden fingertips finally get to have the last word. Insult to injury, the teeming hordes of “Sublime” tattooed weedwhackers with a Ford Escort and a vendetta are weighing in with their keen insight.

    Drew was an institution in this town, and the cancellation of his show serves as yet another intellectual signpost signifying the further dumbing of our nation. Those incapable or unwilling to look at life on more than one level, root and rut like the pigs you are. WTKS was once a shining example of how to make profit and still garner respect. Now it is fast on its way to BJ105ing off into the ether.

    Cocoa, Dodo.


  19. jeff (unregistered) on January 31st, 2005 @ 9:37 am

    I had listened to Drew since the first day he produced for Jim Philips (I think they were still AM when that happened). Liked him a lot then, and when he eventually got his own overnight show I loved it.

    When Real Radio moved to FM, and Drew moved to the evenings, I gradually stopped listening. Drew slowly went from funny, original prankster to venomous, one-sided vitrol spewer.

    After only checking in once every six months for a couple of years to find the same material rehashed every time, I dialed him up about 2 weeks before the 2004 presidential election – and I just could not believe the hate he was spewing. Not really having ever determined where Drew was on the political scale (all those years he was apparently blissfully unaware or uncaring of it) I was shocked to see he wasn’t just on the left, but the nutty, black-helicopters-and-tinfoil-hat insanity left.

    Yes, I’m a card-carrying member of the vast right wng conspiracy, but I -want- to listen to the other side when they present logical, well reasoned differences in positions and policy. Drew couldn’t stop the name calling, the slander, the race baiting, the unsubtantiated inflammatory statements ad-nauseum. He sounded like the Howard Dean’s “Scream” at 10 for hours on end. I really wish I could have had the opportunity to -talk- with Drew before the election but obviously, on air was not where he was holding discussions, so I moved on.

    I tuned in again once or twice since the election, just to see how he was handling the outcome. He’d dropped the politics, but here still was that angry, self-serving, deriding host. Except now it seemed like everyone was the target. What happened to that truly funny host I used to listen to so many years back? I was stunned to find out he had been dropped.

    Drew – maybe you hit the nail on the head when you said “I’ve said everything I had to say”. Most of us out here who listen and think “I could do that” would be in the same boat fast (sure, I think I could do it for a couple of nights, maybe weeks – possibly months – but years? every single night? that has to be near impossible – I think that’s why Jim is surrounded by a cast these days instead of the AM days [where I liked him better] when it was just him and his producer).

    In any event, best of luck to you – I hope you dig down and find it within yourself to get back on the air and regenerate what you originally had that has waned over the years. I’m sure it’s not gone – find it and polish it. Good luck.


  20. Chimey (unregistered) on January 31st, 2005 @ 2:09 pm

    You complain Drew was arrogant. Good for him! You complain Drew made his show go in his direction each night. Good for him again, it was his show not yours!

    I have been on the end where Drew is now with all the haters coming out of the woodwork. Where were you when he show was on the air? Oh yeah, listening. And obviously, because you know everything he did on his show.

    Maybe, and I am going out on a limb here, but you are jealous. There are definitely great perks of being on radio, and you probably wish you had what Drew had. So I say, jealousy… ain’t it a bitch!!!

    One door closes and another opens. And I know it will for him because of the years he put into radio and the connections he made will only bring positive results from that.

    WTKS, that station has bombed out since they got rid of Howard. That midday show, is that a joke? Philips talks downs everyone else than those in the studio with him during his entire show. Who is he to judge. Look in the mirror buddy and get off the political tip, it’s an old subject that only brings negativity. Monsters? All they do is complain and nag each other during the entire show and make songs trying to promote themselves only. Drew, good for this happening with you and this station. You don’t deserve a station as low as this.

    Chimey


  21. John (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2005 @ 4:02 am

    This is a joke, right? People are all worked up over some Bull$h!t. This guy is just another guy. If you actually allowed yourself to develop some personal relationship with an “on-air” personality (Not anymore, right? HA!), then you’re a true example of where our intellectual and emotional level is in the US today. When he isn’t on the air, listen to something else, or go cry in a corner. When he is on the air, listen again. Or don’t. It’s your life. Be active. Live and let live. Let it go… Or don’t. But the whining sucks.
    Thus, I have written it to be so, and so it shan’t be.
    -John


  22. Ima Fake (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2005 @ 8:37 am

    The poster who said, “I gradually stopped listening. Drew slowly went from funny, original prankster to venomous, one-sided vitrol spewer,” hit the nail on the head. I did not laugh since Doc left the show.

    However, I thought Drew was a right-wing nut Rush wanna be.


  23. Enoughizzanuff (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2005 @ 8:12 pm

    I’m glad I am not the only one who saw the startling similarity between Garabo’s personality and Tyll’s. If I remember my radio correctly, Garabo was an intern for Tyll for a while,and once I saw the Tyll side of him come out, I always figured he’d interned for Tyll maybe a little too long. Drew came off–as did Tyll–as being closed-minded, arrogant, and convinced of his own brilliance despite evidence to the contrary. I finally turned off Tyll’s show forever after I heard him contradict himself for the fifth or sixth time (I think it was the week he had one show about how the death penalty is wrong, and blasted any caller that suggested otherwise, and then a few days later had a show about a local child abuse case and ranted about how the parent(s) involved should get the death penalty, or something like that. My feeling has always been, if you don’t want to have an open mind, at least be consistent). I didn’t want to turn off Drew’s show, but every time I would try to give him another chance, he would sound like he was channelling Tyll within a day or so. Maybe Drew was just too young when he started. He’s older than I am, but obviously he’s less mature, and more easily influenced. Maybe in another five years or so, he’ll have more substance, and less hubris.


  24. Veronica (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2005 @ 3:05 pm

    I love Drew Garabo and always will. He is a very intelligent, diplomatic, strong willed and hilariously hip guy. He did change a little over the years, as all of us do. I do believe marriage had something to do with that, and by no means is that a bad thing either. It sort of reminded me of when a prize athlete gets married; the focus changes for a little while, and often making them better.

    I remember the first and only time I saw Drew in person. He was on a float during the first or second Blarney Bash (the only one I ever went to). I went over from NSB to see it, as I am all Irish. Daniel was still with Drew at the time, and they went by on a float. I caught Drew’s eye, and he pretended to be taking my picture, and looking back at me. I was so flattered and my Mom was standing there laughing. :)

    Drew was my steady companion during some incredibly boring late night commutes to and from work (Shuttle Ops). His humor and coolness made my 40 minute drive something I looked forward too. My schedule and life changed a lot over the years that Drew was on. In his last time slot, I didn’t always have a lot of opportunity to listen to him. But you can be sure if there was a possibility, I would be. I never called his show, not one time, but really appreciated his age and social awareness. Some of the people that called his show only did so to be completely annoying. I felt annoyed for him, and am usually the last to make any kind of negative judgment of a person.

    As far as I’m concerned, they should only keep a few: Drew, Jim and Daniel. The Monsters are all nice people, they are just not my taste. Shannon is out of this world and really not thought provoking to me at all. I don


  25. Garabo (unregistered) on February 4th, 2005 @ 12:12 am

    Veronica, listeners like you are the reason I’m staying in this godforsaken industry. I’ll take one quality individual like you for every 1000 naysayers with agendas. The chief objective of every radio personality on WTKS is to make people react. Everything else is secondary, people. If I made you feel a certain way about me via my on-air persona and rants, I did my job. Plain and simple.

    Those of you who feel such animosity because you think I’m “that way” off the air as well, you’re the dumbest of the bunch. The way you feel about me is due to my contrived behavior. That’s why some people like Veronica, Crimey, and Jaffe (we’ll call them “smart enough to ‘get it'”) feel the way they do, and the rest of you (we’ll call you “mouth-breathing sheep f*ckers”) allow yourselves to get worked up over a radio show.

    My entire talk-radio experience was eye-opening. It’s been a case study in humanity, and while there were moments that are infinitely rewarding…there were also times when I had to simply shake my head in disbelief at how people chose to react and what they were willing to swallow. The type of talk station that WTKS has devolved into without Stern has a limited shelf life, and once Clear Channel starts evaluating the overhead it takes to run it…I can see it going the way of Big (now “Rumba”) 100.3 FM.

    For those of you who care, I’ve been released from my non-competition clause. I am currently in talks with a local music station, but I’m not yet at liberty to say which one. I hope to begin airshifts there within the next few weeks, as soon as it’s finalized you can bet your butt I’ll let you know where to find me. For those of you who have beef with my ego, influences, or anything else for that matter…you can’t deny the fact that I did indeed make you react. Again, for a radio station like WTKS…that’s the primary objective. Thanks for listening.

    Drew Garabo


  26. bill (unregistered) on February 4th, 2005 @ 8:33 am

    drew,godspeed to you and yours.clearchannel lost more than you.i’ll never listen to that station again!! good luck in the future,we’ll be listening for you. bill


  27. JR (unregistered) on February 4th, 2005 @ 10:34 am

    I too am part of the legions that left Drew when he lost his edge and just started showing up to get a check. I also know the behind-the-scenes dirt. He ran off Mandy and Daniel because he does not know the difference between on-air persona and real life. Kinda ironic for a “real radio” guy. He continued to have his on-air crew rotate due to the dysfunctional environment in the studio. Too bad.

    At one point, he really connected with the young hospitality-oriented crowd that dominates this Mickey Mouse town. He was one of us and his show reflected our tastes and humor.

    Unfortunately, fame destroyed the talent. Like the Monsters, Drew lost touch. Money and an endless supply of free food being shoveled in front of his face every night bloated him into a parody of his former self. He could no longer relate to the Escort driving, paycheck to paycheck living servers and kitchen crews that made him.

    His show became all about Drew and where he went, played gold with and where he ate that day. He committed the ultimate sin in talk show laziness by focusing on trivia and games rather than coming up with great topics and entertaining us with his views.

    If you do get back on the air Drew, please get back to your roots.


  28. Chimey (unregistered) on February 4th, 2005 @ 9:06 pm

    “his show became all about drew” a comment made in the last post and what most on here keep saying.

    What Was The Show Called?????

    BTW Drew, you are obviously still doing your job…just read what these people are writing. And if these people and others “really” disliked or did not care about you, they would not continually post and waste time of their precious lives. Well, yeah they would.

    Either way, keep this going…it only keeps Drew’s name on the top of things.

    -Chimey


  29. 8track (unregistered) on February 4th, 2005 @ 9:22 pm

    This is juat another case of Cheap Channel slowly distroying yet another radio station.Don’t be surprised when there is no local talent at all on WTKS.What do you expect form a company that for the most part programs their stations with almost non stop right-wing propaganda,or plays the same 30 records over and over and over and over?


  30. Richard (unregistered) on February 6th, 2005 @ 12:50 am

    Drew is the man!! Can’t wait till your back on the air.


  31. MD (unregistered) on February 6th, 2005 @ 2:25 am

    I hadn’t had a chance to listen to The Drew Show for about a week before it happened — busy college schedule and all — but when I found out (from someone who apparently worked at the show, actually, which made it all the more bizarre, somehow), my jaw immediately dropped. As soon as I could, I came home, and turned on the radio, to hear it for myself. Lo and behold, instead of the sweet sounds of TDS, some generic band came blasting out of my radio. I’ve never been so annoyed to hear music in my life. So, Drew, if you ever read this (and assuming you’re back on the air soon), you have to promise that we’ll never hear bad Rock ‘N Roll in place of your radio show again, mmkay? Heh.
    Anyway, good luck to you, Drew! Hope to hear your voice (and Melanie’s and Tuddle’s…) comin’ out my radio soon. ‘Cause, after about a month goin’ Drewless, I’ve learned never to take your show for granted again.


  32. Michael (unregistered) on February 6th, 2005 @ 10:39 am

    http://p201.ezboard.com/fchronicitisfrm4.showMessage?topicID=121.topic

    here’s a response to his listeners on another web-board.


  33. Cujo (unregistered) on February 6th, 2005 @ 1:41 pm

    Yea, I got a thing or two to express about Real Radio, Clear Channel, and DREW GARABO….I have been an avid listener to Real Radio 104.1 from the beginning… Back in the Days of Ed Tyll, MS. B (Philips phile) the whole nine….I have to agree that Drew buried his self in his situation.

    And I TOTALLY DISAGREE with CHIMEY’s Post….CHIMEY, you state in your post :” BTW Drew, you are obviously still doing your job…just read what these people are writing. And if these people and others “really” disliked or did not care about you, they would not continually post and waste time of their precious lives. Well, yeah they would.”

    Well, My Reply to that is : Of course people are going to talk about Drew now…Because he would never allow people to talk on his show… The minute a person would call and offer him a different view, they became “Stupid” “Inferior” and belittled by Drew. Drew has totally lost his concept of what FREEDOM of SPEECH is… Sure, It was Freedom for HIM to speak his piece, But as soon as another citizen of the same community spoke theirs, They were wrong in Drew’s eyes.

    Drew Garabo is a hypocrit. He talked a good game, but Belittled anyone and everyone who differed in their opinions. By doing that, all of Drews invitations for people to STAND UP, and let their VOICE be heard, was nullified by The same person doing the invites!

    Drew catered to a very small segment of listeners who basically just want to crack on others. As long as you agreed with the “Cracking”, you were one of the “Drew Cult”…But even long-time listeners of Drew would become an outcast as soon as they offered a differing opinion than Drew’s.

    Drew Garabo is an intelligent man…. He has a beautiful family, and I agreed with a lot of things drew said…. At times, his insightfulness was brilliant….. But he was his own “Worst enemy” By NOT practicing what he Preached….. He killed his own following…

    I Saw the SHARE Numbers that came in….. DREWS show consistently LOST share numbers in the listener market… And its ONLY because of Drew…

    CLEAR CHANNEL was right to Drop Drew…. They are a business, and they rely on thier talk show hosts to create revenue by attracting listeners to dial into 104.1 so they can sell advertising space to pay DREW’s paycheck!! No listener’s =’s no pay check. BOTTOM LINE.

    I Certainly believe DREW has the potential to be a GREAT talk show host…. But , IF he is to make it…. He MUST allow ALL of society to express their opinion’s… And NOT call Everyone an IDIOT for expressing a view different than his own….

    THAT’s what makes a FREE Society…. Drews view more parallel’s a dictatorship, or a monarchy. Not a Democracy where EVERYONEs view is looked at.

    The only thing I feel sad about is for his counterparts on the show…. MELANIE… you are MISSED so MUCH!!!!! you were awesome!!! Drew not only let his listener’s down, he let his co-host’s down.

    THINK about it DREW…. For the FIRST time in your life… THINK about it from someone else’s point of view. Good luck to you in your future endeavors Drew. And may XANDER’s future be BRIGHT with no more medical complications.

    Peace….


  34. Tao Of Me (unregistered) on February 7th, 2005 @ 1:03 pm

    Drew, I first heard your show while vacationing in Florida. I fell in love with the format, the humor, the people, just about every portion of the show. I began listening online as soon as I got home, and got an XM as soon as I heard you were on their channel list.

    You were who you were, and people do change over time. I think as listeners, we selfishly expect that your style/ persona/ thinking processes won’t change over the years. While it would be nice if they did’t, we’ve no right to expect that.

    I’m glad to see that you are bright about your future, and that it in return looks brightly towards you. It’s my hope that your future will also find a way to intersect with those of us who aren’t lucky enough to live in Orlando.

    P.S.- You know, it’s funny, all these people are taking shots at you for being negative, taking shots at people, and the way you critiqued people. And here they are, being negative, taking shots at you, browbeating you with their irrelevant opinions of you, and critiquing your every thought or motive.Pot…Kettle…Black. You know, something along those lines.


  35. 8track (unregistered) on February 7th, 2005 @ 5:33 pm

    “I Saw the SHARE Numbers that came in”
    What was the men 25-54 share?
    “CLEAR CHANNEL was right to Drop Drew…. They are a business, and they rely on thier talk show hosts to create revenue by attracting listeners to dial into 104.1 so they can sell advertising space to pay DREW’s paycheck!! No listener’s =’s no pay check. BOTTOM LINE.”

    Ok this is true.Less local progaming = less checks to pay out.It’s a safe bet he will be replaced with a syndicated show they can pick up for free.What about the board op? That’s what interns are for.They work for free.


  36. Just Rach (unregistered) on February 8th, 2005 @ 9:29 am

    Despite what the other tight-wads say, I for one loved the Drew Show. I’ve been listening for at least 6 years now. My favoite bits were the prank calls. Drew, you will be missed!! . I’ll keep an ear out for you on other stations. Peace out!


  37. Captaingym (unregistered) on February 8th, 2005 @ 10:31 am

    Drew’s mistake was that he didn’t care about his audience, and if he did he didn’t bother to show it. The File and the Monsters treat their followers like family. Drew used people. He made his listeners the butt of his jokes. Everything he did was at their expense where the other shows were doing things FOR the listeners. I hate seeing anyone get fired who has a family to support. That part blows. Speaking strictly as a listener of 104.1 though I’m glad that he’s gone. We have enough users in this town. Besides who wants to listen to some young kid who thinks he’s God’s gift to the world and spends his air time looking down his nose at all of us.
    I love his parting shots saying that he doesn’t care about the thousands of us, only about the few who in his mind “get it”. LMAO, look who isn’t getting it!


  38. Tao Of Me (unregistered) on February 8th, 2005 @ 10:52 pm

    Using listeners as the butt of his jokes was his schtick people. On air persona is oft times much different than the person you meet face to face.


  39. Matt (unregistered) on February 9th, 2005 @ 5:24 pm

    Wow, I used to listen to the Drew Show in Middle Georgia ’til it was (sadly) taken off of the air.

    Damn, I just started looking into it once again, and then I find Drew’s farewell. Sigh, it saddens me.

    :(

    Damn.


  40. thomab (unregistered) on February 10th, 2005 @ 10:52 am

    Thanks for making us “react” Drew. Is that the purpose of talk radio? I “react” by turning you off and so did the masses. You are an irresponsible steward of the airwaves. It is ok to have unpopular opinions, and to say things that make people “react”. However, your abuse of the open format of radio was getting old. Not allowing people of different cultures and life experiences share their views and opinions without you ATTACKING them was wrong.
    You might have a better chance doing radio in NORTH KOREA! They have an understanding about differences of views and opinions… They don’t exist.


  41. Jim Philips (unregistered) on February 10th, 2005 @ 4:37 pm

    You people need to get a life. Drew was a fine broadcaster, and will be sorely missed. The rest of you are sad also-rans trying to kick Caeser now that he’s tripped.

    Pansies.


  42. Captaingym (unregistered) on February 11th, 2005 @ 8:01 am

    I just can’t stop laughing at you clowns who keep saying foolish things like, “Using listeners as the butt of his jokes was his schtick people. You just don’t get it.” Ummmm we get it. What you don’t get is that it was a bad and foolish shtick that didn’t work. THAT is why he was fired. Just because that was his thing and that he did it on purpose doesn’t mean it wasn’t stupid. Biting the hand that feeds you is just a dumb business move. Get that?


  43. captain cock (unregistered) on February 11th, 2005 @ 9:54 am

    Roughly 5-10% of listeners to talk radio actually call in. When a host makes fun of callers, he or she is not ridiculing the listening audience, just some of the ignorant fools who call in. As far as “biting the hand that feeds,” the listening audience doesn’t feed radio hosts. Advertisers and management do. Garabo may have taken shots at all of them, but there were obviously a great many of us who enjoyed it and laughed AT people like you, Capt. Gym. Get over it.


  44. dyani (unregistered) on February 13th, 2005 @ 10:23 pm

    I just moved to FL in August and have never in my life listened to any talk radio, until the hurricanes came along and we were without power. Thats when we came across the Drew Show! I thought it was the most hilarious thing I had heard-I go HoJo!-and was hooked from that day until recently, when my cousin was down visiting. I told her she just had to hear this show. I turned on the radio, and thats when I heard the terrible news. Best of luck to him in the future!!!


  45. shrak (unregistered) on February 19th, 2005 @ 6:35 pm

    Drew,
    Why not tell the true story of your firing? I continue to hear the “Doc” angle. Why does a station sign you to a new deal and a week later let you go? Clear the air!


  46. moomoo27 (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2005 @ 9:46 pm

    I am shocked and surprised that Drew is off the air. My routine was to come home, cook dinner, listen to the rest of the file, and then hear Drew come on afterwards. I think Drew was a refreshing personality on the show. I am shocked that people would dare to say that he ridiculed and belittled his callers. Most of the fools that called in with something stupid to say just deserved a smart @ss answer in return. Come on people he wasn’t doing the evening news for heavens sakes, he was doing talk radio. He was entitled to give his opinion on everything from politics to religion. Many radio personalities do. If you don’t like it then you just change the station. There are plenty of talk radio stations on the AM dial. Check out Dr. Laura and you’ll hear how she speaks with most of her callers. It doesn’t sound like many of you haters did that though because you all were listening to Drew. I’ll miss you Drew and I hope you are back on the radio soon!


  47. Garabo (unregistered) on February 24th, 2005 @ 5:15 pm

    The “true” story of my firing is that I was told the station was “moving in a different direction at night.” They didn’t offer any more than that, and I didn’t ask. According to my severance agreement, I was terminated “without cause.” It was time for me to move on, and time for Real Radio to find a new whipping boy at night.

    I’ll be able to announce my next move in a week or two. I’m excited to be joining a new company that has a great reputation for treating its talent well. Thanks for your interest, everyone!

    Drew


  48. Garabo (unregistered) on February 24th, 2005 @ 9:22 pm

    The true story behind my firing? I got called into a meeting at 4:00 on MLK Day. I was met by my two bosses and a woman from HR. I was told the station was “moving in a different direction at night.” That’s it. They didn’t offer any more info than that, and I didn’t ask. It may have had something to do with the “Doc” situation you alluded to, or it may have just been the result of months of frustration by both sides. Bottom line: I was sick of working for them, and they were likely sick of me. If there’s anything more to it than that, it’s a mystery to me as well. Thanks for your interest.

    Oh, thanks for the kind words and support (to whom it applies). I still can’t make an official announcement regarding my return to the airwaves, but I can say that I’m excited and motivated to be going to work for a company that has a great reputation for the way it treats its talent. Just a few more weeks and I’ll be able to disclose more.

    Drew


  49. John (unregistered) on February 28th, 2005 @ 1:24 pm

    I was not aware that John Kerry owns a radio station.


  50. JF (unregistered) on March 1st, 2005 @ 9:01 am

    Re:Going to work for a company that has a great reputation for the way it treats it’s “talent”

    I was not aware that John Kerry owns a radio station!



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