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Project 9-6-1’s Shaffee said goodbye today – just in case

ShaffeeMost radio personalities seldom get to say goodbye because management usually cans them right after they end their shift. The brass doesn’t trust the airwaves to people walking out the door, fearful they might say something damaging to the station.

The list is long. The Kimmer. Gene & Julie. The Morning Mess. Porsche Foxx. Cledus T. Judd.

Rather, stations often act like the show just disappeared into thin air and acknowledge nothing. Poof! Gone!

But Shaffee, morning co-host at rock station Project 9-6-1, wasn’t taking any chances today. He decided to do a pre-emptive goodbye on air. No, he’s not going anywhere per se. Let him explain via email:

“In this business, shows suddenly disappear all the time and they never get to say goodbye to their audience.  So this morning I said goodbye to Atlanta.  I never fear losing my job, but I feel good knowing that I had my chance to say goodbye in case it ever happens.”

His former colleague “Giant” Brian Carothers left a few months back after he couldn’t come to a new contract with the bosses. He did not get to bid adieu.

Some stations have allowed jocks to say goodbye. 99X’s Steve Barnes said farewell on the Morning X a few years back. Fred Toucher got to do the same. Steve & Vikki got a sendoff at Star 94 where the staff, led by then GM Mark Kanov, came in and held up signs thanking them.

Last week, Steve McCoy at B98.5 did not get to do so. Cox Radio let him go Thursday after the show ended at 9 a.m.. Star offered Vikki Locke a solo job July 1. We are still awaiting to hear whether she takes the job or not.

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15 comments Add your comment

ChippersLoveChild

March 2nd, 2010
1:46 pm

I love listening to Shafee… he was better with Giant Brian than Jefe… but either way, he better stay or he will be missed! Hope he is still calling Thrasher games either way!

war eagle

March 2nd, 2010
1:48 pm

it appears B98.5 heard atlanta loud and clear-no more senseless surveys, chit chat and banter. Just play music. No one wants to hear anything other than what song the station is about to play so we can record it on tape/ipod, etc. We don’t want to hear 8 continuous minutes of commercials nor the same songs played every three hours. Play the song 4-6 times a day and make room for other songs. Get an expanded play list or people will get SICK of hearing the same song day after day after day. How about playing the B side of a record or the third or fourth song down on the record/cd? be creative! Good Bye Steve Tarana. Time to hang up your hockey skates and retire-the shtick was getting old. Now, if they’ll bring back the GREASEMAN!

RK

March 2nd, 2010
2:17 pm

Just play music, yet you want the Grease back. Um…

Vicki

March 2nd, 2010
2:42 pm

I wish Steve and I had jibber-jabbered a lot less on air too. But then people complained we played too much Kelly Clarkson and Miley Cyrus. You just can’t have it both ways!
That’s why I am officially OUT of the radio business for good and would NEVER go back to Star 94! I am now loving my new career as a PLUS size lingerie model for Lane Bryant.

C

March 2nd, 2010
8:29 pm

I miss Ferrall.

Kimmer Fan

March 2nd, 2010
10:52 pm

Atlanta NEEDS “The Kimmer” back on the air.

B

March 2nd, 2010
11:41 pm

The Biggest Mistake That The Suits At Project 961 Did Was To Let Giant Brian Go! What Idiots!

Perrynoid

March 3rd, 2010
8:16 am

Shaffee is too good for Atlanta. Between the stupid hick listeners and retarded inbred suits at Project 961 – It’s hard to understand why Shaffee would even treat these folks as human beings. P*ss on all of them.

XMlover

March 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

Giant Brian was on XM radio a couple of weeks ago talking to Ron and Fez and he explained what happened to him and why he didn’t work out in Atlanta. Basically he said Atlanta sucks and it’s full of hicks who don’t understand Rock Music. He would never come back and do another radio show in the south again. So I am thinking it’s good he didn’t get to say goodbye on the air. He was funny to listen to on XM though…

PTC DAWG

March 3rd, 2010
11:16 am

JUST PLAY MUSIC and give out the basics of traffic/weather.

Tim Rhodes

March 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

HIRE ME HIRE ME HIRE ME HIRE!

SP

March 3rd, 2010
1:10 pm

Rock stations here are incredibly weak (as is local news but that’s a whole other story). It amazes me how songs I heard last summer while I was up in Milwaukee for Summerfest are only now getting airplay down here. The playlists here are Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Sublime, repeat. Awful! Even though it sucks to lose a job, DJs are better off in other markets. There’s no loyalty from the stations they work for either. On to better things, Shaffee!

ChippersLoveChild

March 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm

SP, I’ll certainly agree that our rock stations are weak down here, but as someone from Wisconsin I wouldn’t go too far overboard with statements about their stations either. Their playlist reads Def Leppard, Whitesnake, AC/DC, Warrant, repeat….

Terrance Moore's white mistress

March 4th, 2010
11:19 am

Bring back Jhonny Turner !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okie Dokie

March 5th, 2010
1:54 pm

I listen to 96.1 (only when they are playing music) during TRG commercials. I can’t stand their voices. It’s like each tries to out-do the other with their best stereotypical “Shock Jock” voice. Rumor has it that when Larry Wachs does his Stereotypical rock jock voice over, he is impersonating this guy. Not sure if that is true, but I have heard it a few times.