Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Goodbye to Radio (for Now) Jim Krenn Staying Connected with Audiences after Ouster from Wdve

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Goodbye to Radio (for Now) Jim Krenn Staying Connected with Audiences after Ouster from Wdve

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Jim Krenn is off mic and unemployed these days, but he's working on ways to keep the conversation going with Pittsburgh audiences, starting with a live comedy show in May.

The stand-up comic and former morning radio host will headline "Jim Krenn aLIVE" May 26 at 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater. The comedy/ variety show will feature Mr. Krenn's stand-up comedy, along with a slate of to-be-announced guests and friends. "It's a thank-you to the listeners for all the support they've given me," Mr. Krenn said. "I want to make it like a party atmosphere, pretty much like the morning show onstage."

Mr. Krenn enjoyed a long ride -- 24 years -- in morning radio, as co-host of the top-rated WDVE-FM morning show. Then he suddenly vanished from the airwaves in December. "They called me in the office Nov. 30, and they said, 'We're removing you from the show. We're going in a different direction.' I realized their direction was without me."

The station offered him a different role -- producing online content and appearing at station promotions -- but no air time. "I wanted to be part of the morning show in some way. I told them I still love morning radio. That's where I want to be. I'm a morning radio guy. My desire was to always stay at WDVE.

"The deal they offered me had nothing to do with morning radio. That was that. We parted ways."

Until now, he was unable to talk about the situation, because he was still under contract to WDVE parent company Clear Channel. The station released him from his contract in February.

"I have no ill will toward Clear Channel or anybody," he said. "It was a privilege to walk through the doors, to work at WDVE. I was blessed to have a 24-year run in radio."

Now, he's looking ahead to the next chapter of his career. He hopes to be back on the local airwaves, although he can't work here until the standard non-compete clause on his contract ends in six months.

Being off the air is frustrating, he said. "Something happens on the news, especially with the election year, and I realize how much of a privilege it was to vent the next day. Now I'm jotting my notes down and I have nobody to talk to. I have to tell it to Gizmo, my dog. …

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