Well, that was fast: Randy Miller walked away from his gig on a Warrensburg country radio station at the end of his first week.
“The Randy Miller Morning Show” made its debut on KWKJ-FM, better known as 98.5 the Bar, on Monday, Feb. 10. On Friday of that week, he reportedly resigned at the end of his show.
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When asked what happened, station co-owner Greg Hassler told The Star in an email: “Good question. Guess we were not what he thought. (He) never really gave it a chance.”
Hassler said there had been no dispute between the station and Miller.
“Think we might have been a little small-time” for him, Hassler said.
No comment so far from Miller, but late Friday on his
, responding to a listener, he wrote: “Just couldn’t get any callers that wanted to take part. Tried to give away a $1500 set of diamond earrings, and got ZERO entries. Makes it tough.”
The earrings were to be the prize in a Valentine’s Day promotion that Miller called “Show Me Your Nuts … About Your Valentine.” Feb. 14 was, by the way, the day he quit.
Miller lives in Lone Jack in eastern Jackson County. He told The Star earlier this month that he planned to do his new show from the station at first but eventually add a radio studio onto his house.
Miller, 54, hadn’t hosted a morning show for about a decade, but he had an impressive radio pedigree. As a guy in his mid-20s, he landed a show on a Kansas City station, the old KKCI, 106.5 FM, in 1984. Among other jobs, he did three stints at Q104 here.
He had said he was intrigued by the Warrensburg station because it’s not owned by a radio conglomerate, and he denied that going to work there would be a comedown: “The location to me is totally insignificant.”
He had a reputation for pulling outlandish stunts, some of which got him in trouble over the years. But he had been fired “less than people think,” he said.
He had said his goal was to syndicate the new morning show to other stations around the Midwest.