Demoralizing too for Bobby Bones and his terrific team, it seems, since they claim to have been receiving "a lot of hate mail" about the move. Even their affiliates learned about it yesterday on the air.
They have a poll on their website asking their listeners what they think. When I voted, here's how it looked (not exactly a rousing welcome/sendoff):
I must confess that I am not demoralized. Actually, I am one of that 42%. I love how organic the show is, how authentic. I feel confident that it's going to find a place, much like Ryan Seacrest has in Top 40 and and Hot AC, in country radio where a local show is stuck in its ways and has been slow to understand Gen Y and Z.
I am energized. It will be fun to watch what Bobby does on WSIX. He's certainly not Gerry House in a litany of ways, and yet his unpredictability and honesty, that un-radio approach that endeared Gerry to Nashville radio listeners is alive and well within Bobby Bones.
This move means, of course, that as contracts end for many Clear Channel morning personalities over the next year or two, there will be a plethora of great morning talent seeking to find a new city to fall in love with in hopes that place will love them back.
If you're on the air in the morning on a successful country station now, it's time to up your game. Think about today's and tomorrow's available target audience.
These are exciting times, and if you don't enjoy competition and innovation, I feel sorry for you.
Just like I feel sorry for anyone who has to face $10.1 billion in debt obligations which come due in three years, but of course a challenge like that can focus the mind and push one to quickly realize that they need to take risks and do big things.
Radio needs Bobby, his employer and all of us who compete for country radio listener ears to do our very best. Now.
To me, that's exciting.