Somewhere local politicians are celebrating, Keri Rodrigues has resigned her position with WSAR.
Local talk just won't be the same. It's not that she was always right, or always fair, because she wasn't. She was always passionate about the issues. She was however, a local advocate who helped promote local topics and concerns. She worked hard to break the story first and usually knew more about any local issue than any of the other hosts at WSAR. She wasn't afraid to ask the hard question and keep asking it if necessary. There were times where she could drive you crazy to the point of changing the channel and there were other times where you sat in the car for 20 minutes so you didn't miss a word.
It's no surprise she's resigned, I just don't think the move to mornings ever worked for her. The morning show with Happy Hec is a mellow affair, and despite improved ratings, the energy level between the two of them never worked. More frustrating was Keri being shoehorned into Mike Moran's old spot. It seemed just as Keri was really getting into the topic the show was over.
Then there's the rumors of what was going on behind the scenes. Keri has already mentioned she was banned from blogging but people have also speculated that the move to mornings was done to keep her from causing trouble. Some have even said that she was told by management that some topics were off limits. If that's the case it's easy to see why she would decide to move on.
Keri's leaving is a real loss. WSAR has now lost its one maverick. The hosts that are left are only all too willing to give a free pass to any local politician who graces the airwaves. Could Barry Richards be any more obliging to Mayor Correia? Could there been a more pathetic display of indifference than when Mike Herren interviewed Councilor Lund?
Before she was banned from blogging I loved the fact that she went the extra mile to interact with her audience. I was thrilled when she mentioned this and other local blogs on her program and flattered when she acted like meeting me was a big deal. I'll forever be grateful to her for allowing me to play 'radio host' for a day and I'm sorry to see her go.
Goodbye Keri, you'll be missed.