Hello, thank you.

I am Matthew Bates. Somewhere along the way, many years ago, my nom de guerre became Mat Diablo. Silly, I know. I am professionally interested in the creation, discovery and consumption of music and radio content. I am personally interested in classic motorcycles, anything snow-related, family, and churros.

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Day 1: the Reckoning. 

Hey- It's Mat again.

If you're just now hearing (or not hearing) about it- it's true. The show has been cancelled. I promised you an update today, but it turns out that the three of us have a meeting this morning, so I'd like to wait until after that meeting to post any sort of "official statement" about what happened, what's next, etc. Probably tomorrow morning.

I'll say it again- you have been blowing us away with your kindness and support. All of you that have taken the time to reach out...you will be recognized. We knew we were on to something with this show, but I don't think any of us expected the sheer amount of support that we've received in the last 48 hours. We really do feel like we owe you something, and it's coming.

There are a few cool things in the works, including one last big party for the 91Ex Morning Show community, and a new way for you to stay connected to the SD Craft Beer scene. More on that tomorrow.

Other than that, this is my workspace for the time being: 


Sammi posted this to her Facebook page this morning: 

6:58 a.m.: Wide awake. Making snarky remarks to a stuffed giraffe and magazine photo of Eva Mendes. The phrase "marketable skills" takes on a terrifying new meaning...


I LOLed.

The really cool thing about all of this... We still have access to the community that we've developed. 91X doesn't own it, we don't own it, it kind of just...exists in "the cloud", so to speak. Information wants to be free and all of that.

You can participate in said community here:

What people are saying about us on twitter:


The community seems to be having fun on our facebook page. Join, please:


Some kind soul set up a "team coco" type facebook page here:

Team 91-EX

Fellow radio nerds are discussing here:


And of course, on twitter: @91ExMorningshow

You can still reach us all individually here:



and Samantha.Skolmoski@Gmail.com


Sorry for the delay, but as I said- I want to see how things sort out this morning before I post anything official.

Interior Crocodile Aliigator,



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Reader Comments (19)

Thanks Mat and you are rigth. No corporation can own this. We the community thank you.

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGabriel Hernandez

Well I really hope that that meeting is to get you guys back on the show after all your fans have sent tons and tons of emails (including me) on how discussed and furious we are about loosing you.

I really hope you get get back your feet soon, if not at 91x but somewhere else, I will follow you guys where ever you land :) I'm pretty sure every one will.

Love you guys!

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda Aceves

Thanks for the update Mat and in the echoes of most I will follow the gang until you guys decide to move on in your careers. Keep your head up guys!

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDamion

I'm so emo over this. I began listening when the show started and I was living in San Diego. Woke up to you guys every weekday morning and you always put me in a good mood. I moved to Spain a few months ago and I've still continued to listen online. This is a severe whack attack. The show will be missed. You're still pimpin all over the world. xo

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Escobar

Matt, I feel as though you have done so much for me, and members of the Team 91EX community. Whatever you guys decide to do, I fully support. I hope you guys get a radio show again soon, but if not, you'll always be a friend in my book. I have yet to meet Sammi and yourself in person, but I feel like I already have. Thank you for keeping us informed, since the other side won't. I hope the meeting you reference will be a step forward towards some sort of reincarnation.

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Ashby

jesus, really?
now who am i going to listen to in the morning? buttrock 105.3? no thanks. you guys are all awesome, and i know ill miss you. hopefully 91x realizes what theyre missing, and brings you back. but please mat, leave your wha-asdfasgtewasd-ts on the internet intro out of it.


May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Britton

On the way to work this morning I listened to 91X to see if this whole "being fired" was a joke. After enduring 11 minutes of worthless commercials, I knew something was wrong. And unfortunately it set the tone for the rest of the day. :(
I've never felt so attached to a radio show and now I feel like I've lost a good friend. I wish each one of you the very best. I pray that I can listen to you, Sammi and Carlos in the very near future. Please keep us updated.


May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Thanks for the update, I was thinkin about you guys all day... Think of it this way... the end is a new beginning... you can totally pull it off...

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

I miss u guys. The drive to work just wasn't the same. It was kinda weird.

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRaquel

Matt! We your fans have to do something! Organize us drunks, stoners, and unemployed community college kids to do something, we are very reliable :).

I feel like you guys were my friends and it really pisses me off the way 91x suits went about this. They only gave you two years?? Howard Stern who knows how to run a successful radio show said that a station needs to give atleast 3 to 4 years of support to a show to properly develop it. Fuck the 91x suits!

Big thanks to you and the crew for entertaining and educating San Diego, I hope things work out for all of you.


May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJacob Hunt

So sorry that the show was canceled. It was one of the few things my teenagers and I all agreed on. We don't know what to listen to on the way to school in the morning now! I hope you all land on your feet. Thanks for keeping our minds off school and work each morning while it lasted. We will be awaiting your return somewhere on the dial...
In the meantime, take care.

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Well this is certainly lame. Keep us posted on any progress - hope everyone lands somewhere still in San Diego. I sent hate mail to the station bigwigs - if they can bring back marginally entertaining windbags like Scott Kaplan and BR Smith after a few weeks fighting there may be hope yet. Otherwise, welcome to unemployment - it's suited me well since the first of the year, but a few thousand beers later and my severance benefits are running out...

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdave

You where the ones that put a smile on my face every morning at work (yes actually in the workplace), well... today is tuesday and I still don't know what happened to you guys... i hope you can fill us on the details soon... us fans miss you very very much.

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarlina

Seriously....F - 91x. I loved the show and listened to you everyday for two years!!! Now I'll be going to work all cranky... :(

On the positive side, this is a great opportunity for another radio station (one with balls and a spine) to pick you guys up, although I hope you still stay in San Diego.

Here's my top 10 moments of the show:

10) The FU Steve Francis bit

9) The Drunk Dial Line (all of them)

8) The "let's go Padres song"

7) The Beer for breakfast

6) The Chargers Tail gate recap - COORS LIGHT!!!!!

5) The "misunderstanding" with the limpbiskit ass hat

4) The Russel Brand interview

3) The "make it stop" game (All of them)

2) Tie for 2nd place - Sammi's boob and The David Lee Roth karate kick performance

1) Of course, when you gave out Carlos Cell # out when he was late - Instant Classic.

Keep us posted. We love you

BTW - What are your favorite moments on the show??????

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMario

I'd given up on morning radio, or, well, radio in general several years ago. I always opted to pop in a CD to fill the silence of my commute until one morning about a year and a half ago when I happened upon your show while changing discs. I've been a faithful listener ever since. I can't thank the three of you enough for filling my morning drive with laughter, sometimes to the point of tears, and making the start of my work day a helluva lot less crappy. When I realized this morning that you weren't going to read me my news, my stomach turned and I had a sinking feeling in my chest. Then I pressed the CD button on my stereo and, with a heavy heart, I returned to my pre-91X Morning Show routine. I wish nothing but the best for all of you and am holding out hope that you will re-emerge elsewhere to start our days off right. Until then, thank you for everything.

One of your many, many fans,


May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

Mat, I have been a pretty decent loyal listener. I appreciate the art and skill that it takes to lead/carry a radio show. You are an intelligent and tactical radio personality. You SHOULD be able to land a new show somewhere cuz you got that "it" factor.

Keep strong Mat Diablo!

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJacob Hunt

You could be the new radio leader on buttrock 105.3-they need a leader like you.

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJacob Hunt

I have hope. Please work something out the three of you and you’ll get tons of listeners instantly, I guarantee it. Take advantage of us, your loyal listeners…we neeeeeed yoooouuuuu

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaco V

This is fucked up! I enjoyed calling and hearing myself say anus over the air, which I was able to do because of your delay. But I also liked the rest of your show. I can't stand the girls voices at 105.3 and Mikey is a religious dork. I'm seriously fucked as far as morning radio goes. You guys were like my cup of joe. I'm going to come on down and have a beer at the High Dive if you guys still do that. I'm getting paid that day so I'll buy you all a round.

Best of luck,


May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnus Guy

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