BELLINGHAM - Morning listeners to KGMI have been hearing a different voice on the radio this week, as morning host Patti Brooks had her last day Friday, March 29.
Brooks, who hosted "The Morning Talk Show with Patti Brooks" from 8 to 9 a.m. on 790 AM, submitted her resignation five weeks before her last day, said Michael O'Shea, vice president and general manager of Cascade Radio Group.
KGMI's program and news director Dillon Honcoop has taken over the morning shift in the meantime, as the station figures out how it will fill that time slot, O'Shea said. He's not sure if the station will find a new host or co-host for the show.
O'Shea described the resignation as amicable and said he tried to talk Brooks out of it because they enjoyed having her on air, but he believed she had some other projects in the pipeline. Brooks described her departure differently in a message to a reporter via Facebook. She said she had worked with management and been flexible for months, but O'Shea never made an offer to retain her.
"I was honest, upfront and very forthright about having creative freedom & support," she wrote. "I had expressed I wanted a show to be the best for the community; I only asked if they chose a different direction I be offered the opportunity to thank the listeners (those who agreed or disagreed with me) to have one goodbye show ... it was not to be. Whatcom County, the people around the state, and even those beyond our borders have brought many angles, ideas and opinions which give everyone a new perspective. I hope they will continue with such a platform"
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