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Where’s Kirby Wilbur?

December 23, 2009

I lived in a rural area of Washington State and the one thing that comes with the territory is long commutes to work, friends, and shopping.  There was one radio station that many of us listened to in the car during our travels, and we enjoyed the local host Kirby Wilbur.

I am now traveling and for Thanksgiving my family all flew into Tucson, Arizona to get together for the holidays. The first thing that each person said when we saw each other is, “Where’s Kirby Wilbur?”

I didn’t know because I hadn’t been in Washington for awhile, so I hadn’t been around 570 KVI radio station to realize he wasn’t on the air. My brother is a police officer, and he couldn’t find him on the radio. My father and mother both said they couldn’t find his broadcast either!

I must investigate!

I Googled “Where’s Kirby Wilbur?” and I found another blogger concerned with his absence too!

For many years, people in Seattle have been able to listen to a Conservative talk show with a local host: Kirby Wilbur

His show has now been cancelled by the KVI radio station management, and will apparently be replaced with nationally syndicated Laura Ingraham.

Seattle listeners are losing a local host for another that is broadcasting out of radio nowhere.  Across the state of Washington, Conservatives are upset over the loss, but it unfortunately is part of a nationwide trend in radio.

Kirby Wilbur Show Cancelled

I spoke to some friends of mine in Washington regarding the absence of Kirby Wilbur, and this is what they reported.

1. I wrote an e-mail to Kirby Wilbur at KVI asking if he was taking the month of December off for the holidays, and the e-mail bounced back! I didn’t think that was cool they didn’t forward him his fan mail, or recognize providing simple customer service!

2. I own my own business, and it’s difficult to get the state capitol to pay attention to the little guy. I sent Kirby all of the documents to my court case. This was a topic that was too complicated to cover on a radio program in a short amount of time, but he was happy to look it over and hear what I had to say.

3. I called up Kirby to tell him a story about when I was a senior in high school and my parents allowed me to travel to California with my boyfriend and see my aunt, who introduced me to Ronald and Nancy Reagan, at the time governor and first lady of the state. He said that was a cool story.

4. I was really sick during the Christmas holidays. My birthday is on New Years Eve. Kirby Wilbur was having a New Years Eve party at the top of a big building in Seattle. I wanted to go with my husband so bad. The next year I called and asked if he was going to have another party but he said no. Kirby wanted to throw the party, but only if it allowed him the opportunity to meet new people, like my husband and I. This made me realize that sometimes we are intimidated to talk to people like Kirby, but he expressed how important our voices are, and he likes to hear new ideas and stories. When my husband returned home from work I told him, “You’ll never believe who I talked to today!” Once I told him I spoke with Kirby Wilbur he exclaimed, “You did not!” He was excited too!

5. My story, I won a computer on his show. My father was sitting in the truck while my mother was shopping in Shelton at Safeway. I lived in Gorst, and he ran in to the store and said, “They just called Heather’s name!” No one would let my dad use a phone because it was a long distance call, and cell phones were not  very popular yet. Finally he went to a pay phone and called me in which I almost didn’t answer the phone! He said, “Call Kirby, Call Kirby!” I did and honestly I was a few minutes late….he kind of joked around with me asking me what time it was and I kind of hoped this wasn’t the big disqualifier! Nope! He didn’t care, I made the call, and I won the computer! I promised I would share it with my folks and I did! I left it for them when I moved to New Jersey. Later, my folks got a new computer and donated that one to the neighbor’s grandson across the street.  

There is a ton of You Tube videos you can check out Kirby Wilbur On You Tube. Kirby takes on Health Care Reform, and many other issues that fans put up. While I am on the east coast, I often heard Kirby Wilbur cover for Sean Hannity when he was on vacation. I think I even heard him cover for Rush Limbaugh before but I can’t be 100% sure.

This video topic is dated, but I liked it and wanted to share this with you.

Visit Kirby Wilbur’s website Kirby Talk to find out more about him, send support, get involved and educate yourself!

MY FAVORITE PART OF HIS BLOG IS: 11 Essential Truths

  1. Truth exists, independent of your personal opinion.
  2. Truth never dies.
  3. Socialism is the legitimization of envy.
  4. The more government does for you, the more it can do to you.
  5. American conservatism is based on the four F’s: Faith, Family, Flag and Freedom.
  6. Liberals are especially liberal with your money and your liberty.
  7. The failure of one side to recognize that they are involved in a war does not mean that they aren’t.
  8. To win back our country and our culture we must do three things: get educated, get involved and be a positive and public example.
  9. No civilized society can exist without a consensus on acceptable behavior and without commonly-held and respected values.
  10. You cannot rely on pigs feeding at the trough to voluntarily restrain themselves.
  11. Women are, by nature, the civilizing factor in society.

I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. Up From Liberalism, William F. Buckley Jr.

I encourage anyone who feels the loss of Kirby Wilbur to contact KVI and let the management know how this decision has affected you too.

About AM 570 KVI

Story Published: Jan 7, 2007

Story Updated: Sep 17, 2008

AM 570 KVI is a conservative talk station owned by Fisher Communications of Seattle.  It has two sister stations, KOMO-AM and KPLZ-FM; and several sister television stations including KOMO-TV (ABC Television).  Fisher also owns several other television stations throughout the Northwest, including the Univision affiliate (KUNS) in Seattle.

COMMENTS ABOUT OUR PROGRAMMING can be sent by email to 570KVI@fisherradio.com – our comment address.

PHONE NUMBERS
Business: 206.404-4000
Fax: 206.404-3648
Show Talk Lines: (King County) 206.421-5757
(Others – Toll Free) 888.312-5757

MAIL ADDRESS:
KVI Talk Radio 570
140 Fourth Ave. N., Suite 340
Seattle, WA 98109

STATION MANAGEMENT:
General Manager: Jim Clayton
AM Group Program Director: Dennis Kelly
Program Director: Travis Box
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