Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joes St. Louis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joes St. Louis

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WAVELENGTHS After news broke earlier this week on our website that George Noorys Coast to Coast AM was leaving longtime home KTRS- AM (The Big 550), station execs say listeners called to express their shock and woe.

We feel the exact same way, station general manager Mark Dorsey said, noting it was the shows syndicators who opted out of renewing the deal.

Dorsey said the split is especially painful because Noory had been a longtime local host at KTRS and lived in St. Louis before he was recruited in 2003 to replace Art Bell on Coast to Coast AM.

We thought we were going to have him a long, long time, Dorsey said. George is one of our own and we considered him family. Obviously, George didnt feel the same way about us.

Program director Lauren Ryan confirmed the show would leave KTRS in early May. Noory declined to comment.

Coast to Coast AM (midnight-5 a.m.) focuses on UFOs, near-death experiences and other supernatural phenomena. It is carried by more than 560 radio stations and claims three million listeners.

Radioheads in STL say the most likely place for the show to land is KFTK-FM (NewsTalk 97.1), but program director Jeff Allen would not comment. Such a move would heighten the growing battle between KFTK and KMOX-AM in the talk-radio market. KMOX features John Graysons Overnight America in its late-night slot.

MIGHTY BIG MAN Would you like to see a 104-foot mural of Stan Musial grace some building in STL?

Thats the question posed by Rally STL, which wants folks to vote in an online poll to gauge interest in a big/tall rendering of Stan the Man. (Go to and head to the Ideas page.)

In this age of mediocrity, we need something like this, said the artist, Indy (aka Richard Bowers), who plans to execute the painting on tin plates and then bolt them to a building. …

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