It's good to know that you're a part-timer at Zone, so you don't rely on King's philanthropy to pay the bills. Lord knows it's hard enough to keep the debt collectors at bay as a radio full-timer in Downeast Maine! Been there, done that, got the T-Shirt, broke even at best, moved on to greener pastures. And that was working for Mark Osborne (current MAB Chairman) and Natalie Knox, arguably the most employee-friendly owners in the market save King. Such was my devotion to their Ellsworth operation that even after I left the area I continued to commute three hours each way for months for a single overnight shift, unthinkable in this era of confiscatory gas prices. But I digress...
'Tis true, Solari saw the handwriting on the wall and left of his own volition. His observations are from a seasoned broadcaster's perspective, albeit one no longer beholden to the profession. That he has periodically returned to this theme does not detract from its validity; otherwise, most media critics would be mute. I think it's fair to say that, given his druthers, he'd rather be in a studio than in a courtroom, but being a broadcaster all too often involves taking a vow of poverty. Not fair to the wife and kids...http://bangordailynews.com/2010/10/18/sports/wzon-is-making-a-lineup-change/
The expansion of Kimball's program into three more markets shows that sports on Maine radio can be successful with competent management and ownership focused on making money instead of pushing an agenda with a demonstrably minuscule audience.
Regarding the turnover issue, Messers Duff and LaBree, representing half the remaining full-time talent on The Pulse (its ranks having already taken major hits due to previous layoffs, unfilled vacancies and contract expirations) would beg to differ.
And finally, your assertion that upper management at Cumulus cashiered Tim Moore is mere speculation on your part. As you know from the separate thread about Tim, I'm on the record as being no fan of Cumulus.