I disagree of course and you shouldn't be surprised. Much more than one show changed... the very soul of the station is changed by diminishing the live/local element beyond a certain point ... and the WBT image is watered down in the listener's mind, making the brand less distinctive and the station less of a destination. Look, this is silly to keep going round and round. We're never going to reach agreement on this subject. If I were a WBT talk show host I'd be going to the next caller about now.
I can agree with both of you in a way. Back in the '70's I worked overnights at a very successful station that didn't even try to sell the overnight show. Still they paid me well and I like to think that having a live overnight show helped the morning mans numbers a little. Then again in those days other than simulcast with our beautiful music FM there wasn't much they could do to save money and they still needed a live body to take transmitter readings and change the automation tapes.
By 9pm I don't want to hear any more political harping so WBT is only on my radio occasionally in the car or if there is a big news event I want to hear about. I could do with more NEWS and less TALK.