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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May122010

Day 3: wrap it up!

Good afternoon!

Tomorrow, I'll have all kinds of fun stuff to post, including info on our last big party. But today I am going to post the blog that many people have been asking for....So let's wrap this up.

This is going to be a rather long post, so I'll hit on the main points first for those of you with shorter attention spans. If you do read through this whole thing- thank you.

 

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?

We got fired. I'm really sorry that I don't have anything more salacious or controversial for you on this front. They basically gave us the same reason they gave you- "different directions". Its the corporate equivalent of "it's not you, it's me." Diego didn't finally cross the line on Hooked on Chronics, Sammi didn't finally melt down in a barrage of profanity, nothing that happened on Fox 5 last week caused us to get fired...91X just decided they didn't need us anymore.

In December, 91X became financially insolvent. In January, 91X was sold at an auction, not unllike a decomissioned police car. The winning bidder was a huge private equity firm. With that, our previous contracts and protections became void, and our old boss left. 5 months later, and we are done. From that point forward, it was clear to us that this was probably going to happen at some point. We were never even introduced to some of the people that you all have been writing angry emails to- including the guy that runs the company.

 

IT'S OVER...

The show is over. It really is. It is extremely unlikely that we will be appearing anywhere else on the radio in San Diego. I designed this show in conjunction with the company that previously owned 91X to be specifically for 91X, and specifically for San Diego. There's really no other available home for us in this city, and that's OK with us. We had a good run, made some lifelong friends, and proved a point. We've already been presented with a few opportunities to take the show to other cities, and while we are beyond grateful for the consideration, San Diego is our home, and radio is not a good business for someone with a family, a mortgage, and other obligations to be in. Nothing is ever certain, but I am pretty confident that this is the end of the road for me as far as radio goes. I can't speak for Carlos or Sammi on this, but they are both pretty burnt on this experience as well.

Most importantly, because none of us are "radio people", so to speak, we don't have that pathological desire to be behind a microphone. We are not willing to move around the country, compromise relationships and families, and risk our livelihoods just to talk on the radio. Our identities aren't linked to our job titles...we are going to be the same people with or without a radio show.

 

WE ARE NOT BITTER...

Here's the thing: whether you agree with their decision or not, LMA was well within their rights to fire us without cause. They own the station, they can do whatever they like with it. Perhaps we could have been treated with more respect and dignity, but that's business. Their obligation is not to us as performers, but to make money and get as many of you to listen for as long as possible. By any means nessicary. 

I've seen this happen so many times over the years, and I never really understood it: Radio show gets fired, and radio host goes on a year long sympathy and unemployment tour. They can't believe that nobody is ready to step up and pay them a ton of money to editorialize and do silly stunts in front of a microphone for 5 hours a day. Nobody is entitled to be on the radio any more than anyone is entitled to any other job. It's a meritocracy. We are not bitter, and our work ethic- both collectively and individually- is such that we are not inclined to sit around collecting unemployment and being bummed out. We need to go get jobs. Preferably not in radio.

If theres anything that sucks about this whole ordeal, it's that many members of the 91EX Morning Show community have had their feelings hurt and routines messed with, and for that, I am really sorry. I wish it didn't happen like this.

 

WHAT NEXT?...

Well, I will tell you what we are NOT going to do. We are not going to do shows from our garage. We are not going to set up some sort of glorified shoutcast station because we think that you desperately need to hear what we have to to say everyday. We are going to go get jobs.

After word got out about what had happened, the first people that reached out to us were our friends from the SD Craft Brewing community. Some of the guys from Airdale came out to have drinks with us at the High Dive. Paul Segura and Ryan Ross from Karl Strauss invited us into the brewing facilities during Beach to Brewery to drink and talk shop. Mike Mellow from Mission Brewery came over to my house within 5 minutes of hearing what had happened with a case of bombers for my beer fridge... you get the picture.

So- we've got a cool new project (that has come together remarkably fast) that is going to allow us to still work together once a week and continue what we've started with Beer For Breakfast. Think Beer For Breakfast, but in glorious High Definition. We are still committed to supporting and showcasing the craft beer scene in San Diego and encouraging people to drink locally, and apparently there are people that think that this is something that will be of interest to beer fans outside of San Diego as well. This project is still in it's infancy, but keep an eye on www.SDbeerforbreakfast.com and start following us on twitter at @SDBeerShow.

On a personal level- if you're looking for a new way to listen to and discover music, please support Slacker Radio. They are based right here in San Diego, they were my employers before I came to 91X, and they were kind enough to allow me to continue working there during my time on the show. I still work there as a Program Director. You can get the Slacker App for any smartphone and take it with you wherever you go, thus negating the need for a radio.

 

WE LOVE YOU...

Later on this week we are going to post something here called "Seriously, Thank That Guy". We feel like we owe you something, and hopefully this will suffice and show you how truly grateful we are to you.

One last note- when the new corporation took over, they fired Preston. The reason we didn't talk about it is because Preston essentially told us to forget about him and let him go off to Australia to start over. So we respected that. But with that said- we love and miss Preston very very much, and without him, the show wouldn't have been what it was. He worked as hard as anyone to make this work, and he is one of the best human beings I have ever known. Thanks, Poops.

 

I'll leave you with some fun facts:

1) The last song that I ever got to play on 91X was one that I actually got to pick- "Clampdown" by The Clash.

2) The last sentence that Sammi ever said on 91X included the word "shart".

3) The way we found out that we were being fired was not from any of the corporate guys, but by noticing that we had been taken off of the website before our show was over.

 

That's all I've got to say about that. You've read about it, now go discuss it here: 91EX Morning Show on Facebook

 

Thanks, and goodbye for now-

Mat.

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Thanks Mat, Sammi, Carlos also Preston and Mahoney... I hope that you get jobs real good ones... I hope 91x will stop changing owner so often, so they don't fire the best show in San Diego (you guys and the guy before you) it's really sad. Much Love from Tijuana (remember the X stands for Mexico)

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNorteco Arreola

This post made me tear up a little, us fans get soo attached to you guys when we hear you everyday. I wish you the best of luck and I want to thank you and the whole staff for making us laugh every morning and for hosting fun events.

We will miss the voice of a generation.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJacob Hunt

Oh jesus... I'm all shaky right now... It really is over... Dammit. I was hoping that you guys would seriously consider my podcast offer... I had some ideas on how to monetize it and everything... But I wholly understand your reasons, acknowledge that you guys have a need for real, properly-paying jobs, and that even if I could come up with something, it wouldn't be right. Not for me, not for you, not for anyone. I understand your decision, I accept it, and I actually to some extent appreciate it. Consider this a formal withdrawal of the offer.

You know what, screw the formalities. This blows. Fuck you, Garrett Capone. Fuck you, John Lynch. Fuck you, anyone and everyone that had to do with this whole entire thing. I know this sounds selfish, but really, I speak for all of the 91X Morning Show community when I say that there is a large Mat, Carlos, and Sammi shaped hole in my very heart and soul that cannot be replaced by any show or program or WHATEVER that they put in your place.

And you know what actually IS selfish? What's selfish was my podcast offer. I was willing to take money from my dad to start a business purely for the reason of getting you guys back on the air so I wouldn't have to put up with the pain of losing the Morning Show. I was thinking of only myself, even if I was telling myself I was being generous. I was being a dick, even if it wasn't obvious to me or you. And for that, I truly apologize. You guys deserve more than that.

Mat, I will try my DAMNEDEST to be there for the party at the High Dive. Even if it means Carlos sneaking me in somehow (blame him for the idea).

Thanks for all the laughs.

- Mathieu (The Geek Speak guy)

P.S.
Geek Speak Blog will be shutting down indefinitely as a result of all this. I have no more external exposure, and the site was poorly-managed to begin with.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMathieu

screw those corporate assholes, you're show is what gave me the energy to get up and get to work in the morning.... now what, dammit? radio? ugh.. miss you guys already!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames M.

You're a class act Matt....that's not something you typically find a ton of in radio, and even though it wasn't for long, I always enjoyed working with you kids! Enjoy some time at home with your adorable baby before you move on to what I'm sure will be some other amazing endeavor!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDana Swanson

Hey Mat,

Full disclosure up front: I was not a regular listener of your show. I heard it in passing a couple of times and chalked it up to the rest of the goofy morning shows on the radio. However, I have since become aware of your story and have been blown away by the way you have handled yourself. Good job.

As a long time beer geek I can tell you that your support of local/craft beer is pretty awesome. May you continue down that path and find employment that continues to spark your creative flame.....

Good luck.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDLS

WE love you guys. Way to roll with class!

Well, lame as it may be for some of us, thanks for the update and for forcing me out of the denial that thought you might get picked up somewhere else. Getting used to KPBS in the morning is still a little weird, I wanted a show that was 'smarter' than the jerk-off antics everywhere else, but not something actually 'smart.' My brain hurts.

Best wishes to all of you in whatever your futures may hold - hopefully they hold a chance of finding legitimate employment faster than me...

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdave

Just gonna say... Earlier, a few comments up, I said some stuff... From what I'm hearing now, Capone, despite being Program Director, may not have had as much weight as we thought... And also, from what I'm seeing... There's just a lot more to this than I initially was aware of.

I retract my statements against Garrett Capone, and any other 91X employees that I falsely accused of having any majority share in the decision. I hope that this won't be held against me. I still love 91X and what they stand for in the community... I just think the management could use just as much of a "shakeup,' to quote the CW article. But that isn't my job to decide, nor to administer.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMathieu

Chamuco (Diablo), Gracias por los buenos momentos que pase al escuchar tu show, te deso lo mejor en la vida y suerte.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCesar Carrillo

Thanks for all the fun mornings...You and the crew were great, best morning show out there. I'm sure you'll pick up a 9-to-5 in no time.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWill M

Wow... not-so-subtly slamming your predecessor, with the shoutcast/garage dig is pretty low-class. Was a fan, but not so much now. You deserved what you got.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ

Hey Mat, You are such an impressive and brainy talent. Count on me to pass on the good word--here's to new opportunities. And as soon as my recent trim grows out, Pam is my girl! Sending you both & Em love, Gaby

May 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGaby Preston

As you said it best Mr. Diablo, "a real class act." Thanks for the closure! I'm confident that y'all will be allright. And hey, if it makes you feel any better to know, ALOT of people are in the same shitty situation, but most wouldn't have handled it with such grace. Best of luck.
Ps- I KNEW my Depreston got fired, it was too shady having him vanish like that!

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeri

I don't know what to say other than, thanks for the years of morning entertainment! You guys rock!

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

I just want to say that I'm so bummed you guys aren't on the air anymore. I normally hate talk radio shows but you three made my 25 minute morning drive to work so enjoyable. The show was unique and hilarious. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors; and maybe just maybe you'll grace the airwaves again.

May 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

oh god :'( i still can't get over this. good luck to all of you guys, though.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertoma

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