By most standards, it was the usual morning show on WKLH-FM (96.5). There was Dave Luczak, weather, sports, traffic, music, ticket giveaways, cackling from K.B., Hollywood trash from Gino Salomone and of course…commercials.
All that was missing was Luczak’s co-host Carole Caine, whose contract was not renewed. Her last day was Monday.
Luczak joined the station in 1983, Caine became co-host in 1986. And over time “Dave & Carole” became a local institution.
At about 7:50 a.m. Tuesday on the air, Luczak addressed her departure.
Speaking from the heart he said working with her was a “unique pleasure” and said that they had “incredible times.”
He said they had “enormous success and did great work for charities,” a reference to among other things their Miracle Marathon fundraising efforts that raised millions of dollars for Children’s Hospital.
“And I sincerely wish Carole and Carole’s family nothing but the best going forward.”
Meanwhile, he said. “the rest of us are still here,” including regular guests like John McGivern.
“And we do have some new stuff in the works.”
He and Caine had “a great run and I guess it’s time to start another one.”
Meanwhile comments on the station’s Facebook page were uniformly negative. They followed a short commentary from the station at the top of the page. I have removed the commenters’ names.
“(T)hank you for your comments, as blunt and direct as they are. How much you all admire and respect Carole is no surprise. You’ve been together for a long time and it is never easy to accept change. We understand those of you who are disappointed and upset. Perhaps this type of thing has happened in your own place of employment. We get it. We really do. We hope you will understand that it’s a decision that was made with careful thought and deep respect for all parties. Thank you again.”
–They were an amazing team with LOYAL listeners! Perhaps us LOYAL listeners are no longer the demographic you are looking for which is sad. Bad move wklh, bad move.
–respect for who? certainly not your listeners
–I will now listen to Murphy & Meg
–I’ve listened to you since I was a kid, your station is something my dad and I had in common and liked to talk about. All my memories are if Carole on the morning show and I will be really sad that I won’t get to hear her anymore frown emoticon good luck to you Carole!!!
–Just curious what new demographic you can attract with a 50-something man that you can’t get with a 50-something woman there also?
–No longer pre programmed…I grew up listening to them, sorry klh you suck!
–Ok, I’m done listening. Your “Hometown” brand is stupid. What does that even mean? Hometown Traffic, Hometown Rock, Hometown Weather. ????? And now Carole is gone? Time to find a different station.
–Nice statement… bull!!!Posted by