Sunday, January 9, 2011

Kool FM's Biggest Mistake Yet: Meg Tucker Fired

What the f-ck is going on with 101.5 Kool FM? They have gone through so many changes in the past while I think my head may spin off Exorcism style.  First they were Energy, then 101.5 Energy FM with new branding, then Kool (which I thought was their biggest mistake ever, but shit...I didn't know it could get worse).

Two years ago they dumped Freeway Frank from the morning show and had other personalities fill in with Meg until they found a replacement (which I think should have been Ian MacKinnon, but whatever). And then about a year ago they brought on Chris Shine, a guy from Boston who I was never particularly fond of.  Tripp West was fired in the Fall from the evening show and is now on Mix 97 and MacKinnon has since moved to Kelowna to host his own show on Sun FM.

Now we find out that morning show co-host Meg Tucker, who is the one that I always thought was indispensable, got the boot on Friday and will not be returning to the air. And they think Chris Shine is going to carry the show? Pfft. I would like to see that.

The people over at Kool need to get their shit together...as I have said countless times before. It is NOT the personalities that are killing the station, it is the music. Amp has been killing them for a while now and poor Meg is feeling the wrath.  Please fire Zack Hewiit, give me his job and your station will be saved (you could also change the name too).

Good luck wherever you end up next Meg. Fuck those guys, you can do better.

XOXO
Jes...

46 comments:

  1. I agree - I have no idea what the hell they are doing. I thought that Meg and Chris played off of each other so well, but that Chris would be the expendable one, not Meg. If she ends up somewhere else in Calgary I will change stations to listen to her

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  2. I thought Chris, Meg and Ian made a great trio and Ian was under rated as merely a producer. Too bad the station decided not to go with that Morning Show format. Sadly Ian, and now Meg are gone

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  3. I changed stations when i found out that Meg isnt returning to air. So long Kool! Hello Amp!

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  4. I totally agree. Meg made the morning easier to get through when getting ready for work. I miss her laugh and will hope that she turns up somewhere soon. Now I am on the lookout for a new station. Mornings with Chris just isn't the same without Meg!

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  5. Chris is boring alone. I still miss Freeway Frank.

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  6. I was wondering where the hell Meg went. I liked Chris and Meg together and when I listen to the morning show, it's just not the same without her. I'll have to check out Amp. Bad move Kool, Meg kept me listening to your station in the a.m.

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  7. Totally agree!!!!! Big mistake! Will look for her elsewhere.

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  8. I am a long time friend of Meg's and i know she would be really touched by the above posts. it's a shock that they let her go - she was a fun, bubbly person on air (and off of course) who truly did care about the station and its viewers. I am boycotting kool fm and will not be listening to it again. The revolving door is worse than the turnover at walmart.

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  9. I agree, Chris Meg and Ian were a great trio in the morning!!! They were SO MUCH FUN together, and i really dont understand why Meg is being let go!!! She has been with the station for so long and i think she is definitely one of the main reason people are tuning listening to their morning show. I think the music suck sometimes but i still tune in to listen to Chris and Meg (and Ian back then). I usually listen to Amp after the morning show.

    To Stacey, please let Meg know that i am her #1 male listener in Calgary and i thank her for doing such great job in the past years!!!

    I sure did laugh and cry with her sometimes in the morning. Miss ya Meg.

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    1. OK - I HAVE NO IDEA IF ANY OF YOU ARE READING THESE...but I just stumbled upon it now. (yes, finally on FB, look me up! and twitter too @tuckermeg)

      Thank you doesn't seem to cut it. I hope each and every one of you know how touched I am to read your words - getting let go was ONE OF the single hardest things I've faced yet...but I have landed on my feet. www.theriverfm.ca - in Red Deer, back on air now for a year, doing mornings. I will NEVER try to understand why this biz works the way it does, but please know JESS how much I adore your words. xoxo for sure. THANK YOU. Meg.

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  10. The best morning show they had was Freeway and Meg. If someone were smart enough to figure it out, those two would be awesome on another station in Calgary.

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  11. Grand idea. Meg and Frank back together again. It would be stupendous.

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  12. I was on a business trip last week and woke this morning to no Meg or mention of our beloved morning host. All I can say is I'm so done with 101.5. I will follow her where ever she goes. Even Chris sounds like he is missing her. He needs someone to talk to and Meg has chemistry with everyone. Dumb dumb dumb.

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  13. Maybe Lite 96 should get Meg and Freeway over there to fill the huge space empty from Don & Joanne.... Just an idea....

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  14. I had been away on holidays last week - Monday morning was my first day back....the only thought that got me going when I started the car was listening to Chirs and Meg. I was confused when I only heard Chris and there was never even any mention of Meg....it just wasn't the same. To my dismay after reading this site I discovered that Meg is longer with the station.....so sad. I really enjoyed listening to them in morning. I think Chris is great but I may start to flick around during my drive as I just feels that something is missing. Bad move Kool.

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  15. Going to be changing the channel. Frank leaving was a disappointment. If this is how they run the station, got to change my choice.

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  16. Oh my goodness!!! What in the hell have they done to my morning show??? Now my drive in is RUINED!!!!!!!!!! I am an American living in Calgary, and for that alone, I love having Chris on the station--he is good. But he and Meg TOGETHER were GREAT. And I am sorry, but listening to that stupid Lori is more boring that watching paint dry. The woman has no personality. I hate to say it, but I'm going to have to switch to AMP. Lori puts me to sleep in the morning---and that's not good.

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  17. I agree....Meg is awesome (^5 NB girls) She won't be off air long because sane people realize what a gem she is. Sadly Amp blows huge. i listened to it the other day at work....heard Kesha like 10 times...8 of those being we are who we are and often 3 or 4 songs inbetween her last song...Bruno mars grenade which is the shittiest song on the planet 5 times in 9 hours. Ill switch to Mix thanx!

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  18. Chris and Meg were a great pair. Now the morning show is kind of sad. Why did the station fire Meg?

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  19. Stacey Please pass on to Meg that she is truly truly missed. Her laugh and just her embodiment of life and people. Kool has made a huge mistake. I thought they were crazy when they let Freeway go but not as much as this mistake. Please share with Meg our adminration and gratitute for being part of all her listeners out here. She inspred me to loose 46 pounds because of her journey and her jeans story.

    MEG TUCKER WE MISS YOU. Your loyal listener Dancing Debi (Winner of trip to Los Cabos on Halloween. Missing you.

    Dancing Debi

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  20. Agreed - I kept listening long after the station messed up everything else just because of Meg. Please keep us posted where she goes :(

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  21. I miss Freeway Frank too. And especially the chemistry between Freeway and Meg... and Ian. I find Chris grating, but like many of you, Meg kept me listening. Hard to understand what the hell Kool is thinking. One dumb-ass move after the other.

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  22. I love Freeway and Meg - I switched over for a while then I heard Chris and after a while warmed to him. When they changed the name I was not keen on the music but I had warmed to Chris and Meg - now NO MEG- NO KOOL - I agree that Lite FM should pick up Freeway and Meg!! I also sent a comment on the Kool site saying that I am now an ex-listener. Tell Meg we miss her but any company that has no respect for their employees does not deserve Meg's loyalty.

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  23. I was bummed when they let Frank go. I heard, don't know if it was true, that Frank & Meg had a bit of a personality conflict. I stayed on and warmed up to Chris eventually but then when they changed to KOOL 101.5 was not the default station on any of my radios. I listened in this morning and found it odd there was no mention of Meg. This station needs to get it together - people rely on a morning show as part of their routine, first you change the people then you change the music then you change the people again.... make up your minds already.

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  24. wow! This is the first I am hearing of this!!! I am a huge fan of meg and will not listen to that station anymore. I noticed that she was missing from my daily routine but I figured she was on a well deserved holiday!!! CJ92 here I come...I guess, unless Meg shows up somewhere else of course.

    So sad, but Megan if you are reading this, we all miss you tons and hopefully you show up on the radio in the morning somewhere to get me through my commute!!

    Dumb Station: obviously clueless of what is "working" and what is not. Maybe fire those big headed produces that don't have a clue of what the "people" of Calgary really want. Ugh.

    Thanks for all of the great mornings Meg!

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  25. I loved the morning show before, im even a fan of chris, but this is really upsetting. too bad calgary doesn't have another good radio station.

    I guess its time to try out the AM dial...

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  26. Count me as another ex-listener of Kool 101.5. Maybe the station should realize that too many changes won't fix their problems? I couldn't stand Frank and was so happy he left, Meg and Chris had great chemistry and got me back to listening even with the format change. Chris can't handle the show on his own, and I will shoot myself if I have to listen to any moe of Lori! Best of luck to Meg wherever she ends up, we will miss you!

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  27. I'm also done listening to Kool now that Meg is gone. She had me laughing out loud on my commute to work each morning. I can't believe they'd get rid of her - goodbye Kool.

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  28. Chris is terrible. Chris and Meg were terrible. The show was great with Freeway and Meg. They agreed, they disagreed. It was real.

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  29. I miss Meg.... I have nothing to listen to on my drive in now....

    Kool is so yesterday with out Meg.... I'm listening to CD's now on the drive to work.

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  30. Agreed, chris is just boring on his own, and the analogy of lori and paint drying is pretty accurate. This back in the day stuff, when they only rotate between 8 songs of distant memory. I may as well go listen to the 8 song rotation on AMP, and now I do. I wonder if chris is looking for another job. I would be.

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  31. Chris is funny, but without Meg is just isn't a morning show. I did not know she got FIRED!!!! Are they idiots over there??? I am going to call again tomorrow and talk to the manager there about what a colossal mistake that was. I have tried listening in the morning but it just is not the same without Meg. I talked to her a few times too and she was so nice. And by the way enough with the Michael Jackson music already!!!!

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  32. I laughed when I listened to Chris the other morning say that the producers want Erin to talk more during the morning show! They know everyone is missing Meg and have realised their mistake putting Lori in but she is definitly not a radio "personality" and thats what gets people tuning in in the morning, "personalities" that are fun to listen to and cheer you up! Kool is too boring without Meg although Chris is really trying to step it up he has little to bounce off with Lori and the occasional Erin comment!

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  33. I don't understand why they let people go without a "goodbye" or anything. Were they fired? Resigned? WTF happened to them??!!! I can't stand the whole secrecy behind the changes. Good luck Meg.

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  34. I too have been missing Meg...and though I do enjoy Chris he just isn't the same without Meg. Her bubbly and boisterous laugh had me giggling daily on my way to work. BAD DECISION KOOL...I too will be removing you from my vehicle radio station rotation!

    Good luck Meg, wherever you may go, hopefully the new bosses will appreciate you for the gem that you are!!

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  35. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend Diva New York & Diva Las Vegas because my best girlfriend won both trips. We had a great time, giving us an wonderful opportunity to get to know Meg (NY/Vegas) & Frank (Vegas) on more of a personal level.

    Very unfortunate that not only the got rid of Frank, not too long after they got rid of Meg. They worked really well together and made my mornings before work fun (minus the whole "Two Strangers & a Wedding" thing).

    I have since moved from the province and refuse to listen to the station anymore.

    Whoever is involved with the "big decisions making" at Hot 103, Energy, Kool or whatever obviously are not listening to what their listeners want. Too bad.. with all that potential.

    Watch out Erin and Carlos (also great personalities), I wonder how long they are waiting before they let you guys go?

    Good Luck I guess.

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  36. Freeway Frank and Meg were the show....and now with the new pathetic playlists, this station stinks!

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  37. Does anyone know if Meg is with another station or anything?

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  38. I have been wondering for a while now where Meg was and decided today that this was too long for holidays and there is now some other strange person on the radio with Chris. I wasn't sure about all the changes they made recently but now that Meg is gone I know for sure they don't know what they're doing. It's going to have to be the Virgin Morning Show from now on...

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  39. I loved Frank and Meg..Chris and Meg didnt have the same chemistry, but now that Ian and Meg are gone..bye bye "kool" (Um..no) I am moving on to Amp and other stations.. bad move on unkool's part for sure. Hope to hear Frank and Meg again somewhere, they would have a huge following.

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  40. I have to agree with the above posts...Ever since I heard Meg was gone, is the day I switched radio stations. The new girl Randy they have replacing Meg is just annoying. She pauses for long periods and always seems confused. WTH!!!

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  41. Does anyone know if Meg is back on Radio somewhere?

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  42. Meg's back in radio! She's on a Red Deer station now. If you wanna listen, it's theriverfm.ca

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  43. i used to listen to Freeway Frank in Vancouver then was so happy to hear him when I moved to Calgary - Frank & Meg were a great chemistry - I got to love Chris & Meg too. just not the same now.

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  44. Jess, so bizarre that this post came up when I searched Chris Shine and Kool 101.5....I thought he was on vacation or something and now I am thinking he was canned. I was shocked when they canned Meg too...I can't even listen to the breakfast show anymore without Chris there. Hope you are well.
    JBains

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