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Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

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Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by Vic Doucette » Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:11 pm

The following is a portion of a statement released by Peter Werbe on hhis Facebook page:

"As of October 31, 2016, my employment with the Greater Media Detroit radio stations has been terminated by the company. My shows were aired on WRIF, WCSX, and WMGC. Neither show will continue with different personnel.

"Nightcall began in May 1970 making it the longest running live phone-in talk show in American radio history. I’m proud to have been its host for the majority of its run.

"I have other pursuits to fill my time, particularly the Fifth Estate magazine, http://www.FifthEstate.org, but I will miss the broadcasts that have been so much a part of my life for so long, as they have been for many of you. And, I will particularly miss doing the Sunday night show with my dear friend and on-air, co-host, Juline Jordan, who sat across from me during the last 18 years of the show. ...

"To find out more about me and my broadcasts, you can visit my Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Werbe"

I got to know Peter a bit over the years. We often disagreed on politics, but I like him. He was never mean-spirited or in the least unfriendly to me.

I wish him and Juline well.
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by RayQix » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:09 am

I called-in to his show once, around 1984-85 and was discussing Smoking in Schools. At that point, i was in High School and not a smoker and was shocked that we had "Smoking Doors" .

Couldn't do that nowadays.

Used to love to listen to his show on the way back from Grand Rapids as it was the "welcome home" that i needed for the last leg of my trip after dropping-off my older son.

Maybe this is part of a precursor to their Selling of things.
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by 1027BrianFM » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:56 am

I would tune in now and then, I listened every Sunday for a little while a couple years ago but My blood pressure couldn't take it for long. Nothing Personal but both those 2 are totally out in la la land. I give them props for being honest though.
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by bjmcdevitt » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:31 pm

I hadn't listened to his show in years, but it was always kind of comforting to know that he was still on there. Pete's what, mid 70s now? On a rock station, that's a monumental run. There are plenty of options for him to continue on in a similar format should he choose to.

On the other hand, Greater Media gave Drew and Mike an entire week to say goodbye, they could have afforded Pete the same courtesy. Fuck them.
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by CigarGuy » Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:15 pm

What a shame. Best of luck and health, Pete!! Keep your chin up!!

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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by WOHO » Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:42 pm

bjmcdevitt - same thing happened at Cumulus Toledo- 30 years at the station, and 30 minutes before your air shift, you are asked to leave the building and come back next week to clean out your desk. NO last show, no 'thanks for listening folks' or "I guess I'm going to retire now" - that's crap when that happens, and has happened 3 times in the last 6 years. Sad.

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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by MWmetalhead » Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:23 am

His dismissal is due to the sale.

Steve Chessare (sp?), the GM, is also gone.
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by non-anon bob » Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:10 am

...and the host of "Sunday Morning Over Easy," Pam Rossi, has also been let go. More proof that Greater Media SUCKS! :(
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by 1027BrianFM » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:14 am

MW beat me to it, I was just thinking the same thing before I read it. Thing I assume are going to be final soon.
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by audiophile » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:31 am

It's done.
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by jry » Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:00 pm

Caroline Beasley is working on reducing debt. All kinds of cuts will be happening.

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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by non-anon bob » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:22 pm

jry...What kind of debt? Hasn't GMD gotten rid of all of its expensive air-talent over the past 10 years? (Jim Harper, Arthur Penhallow, Drew & Mike, Steve Kostan, etc...)
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by zeplepplin » Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:25 pm

one can only hope podell is next

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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by Y M Ionhere » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:19 pm

Couldnt stand his stubborn, extreme political views. I actually wanted to call his show a few times and debate him but I didnt have the guts because the guy is so intolerant of opposing viewpoints. Now I kind of wish I DID call.
At least when I'm driving home on Sunday night, I won't be slamming my fist on the steering wheel and swearing at the radio.
I hope in real life he is less hostile to people who arent radical leftists as he is on air. I don't personally dislike the guy, I just feel a little threatened by his apparent hatred of ME.

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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by audiophile » Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:22 am

A remnant of the 70's broadcasting style, not surprised Beasley dumped the show.
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by MWmetalhead » Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:47 am

It outlived its usefulness long ago. It was a relic. 30 year old rock listeners don't want to listen to an old hippie spout socialism for two hours on a Sunday night.

I know Werbe did one airshift each weekend on CSX.

Not exactly an integral part of either station.
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by MrTaterSalad » Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:49 am

MWmetalhead wrote:It outlived its usefulness long ago. It was a relic. 30 year old rock listeners don't want to listen to an old hippie spout socialism for two hours on a Sunday night.
The 30 year olds loved it when Bernie Sanders spouted it.

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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by RayQix » Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:19 am

Maybe now they'll dump the tool Dahmer

http://wcsx.com/shows/dahmer/

every time i hear him it's like eating glass....but for my ears.
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by MWmetalhead » Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:55 am

I'm with you, Ray. Never cared for him and especially don't care to hear him on CSX.

He probably makes nowhere near the money as the other (far more talented) personalities on the station, so unfortunately, that probably means he'll be sticking around.

Will be interesting to see if both 'CSX and 'RIF maintain separate Program Directors once the dust clears.
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Re: Peter Werbe fired by Greater Media

Post by MWmetalhead » Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:11 pm

Within the past week, WRIF's audio chain has begun to sound noticeably better.

Another change since Beasley has taken over: 105.1 the Bounce is playing a much wider variety of music, is featuring remixes at the top of every hour during the weekend, and is taking on more of an Urban flavor. The station no longer has the safe playlist loaded with crossover hits it featured during its first few months on the air.
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