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The McCarville Report

Mullins Out At KTOK; Comments Flood TMR

Mike McCarville

[Note: Few stories have generated as much interest, and as many comments, as this story from August 8. To read the comments, scroll down.]

Another “reduction in force” at KTOK has claimed morning show host Reid Mullins, an 8-year veteran in the slot.

Mullins has been with Clear Channel Radio for almost 15 years.

A year ago, a similar reduction claimed veteran Jerry Bohnen, the station’s news director and a broadcasting icon in Oklahoma. He is now news director at the Radio Oklahoma Network.

Clear Channel has steadily reduced the KTOK workforce in recent years, dismissing veteran professionals with decades of service. Among those dismissed was longtime producer Jeff Gullett, a two-decade employee. Bohnen logged more than 30 years at the station.

akathiThere’s been no official word, but the grapevine says Kathi Yeager, who has co-hosted the morning show on Clear Channel’s The Twister FM show, will replace Mullins. She is the wife of Tom Travis, director of programming for Clear Channel-Oklahoma City. Her co-host on The Twister, Joe Friday, apparently was cut as part of the reduction in force. The Twister, a country station, apparently will be automated.

Note: Mike McCarville is the former KTOK program director and afternoon show host. He retired in 2005.


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93 Comments for “Mullins Out At KTOK; Comments Flood TMR”

  1. Skip Henderson

    KTOK? Are they still on the air? I haven’t listened to them since Mike McCarville left.

    • As the man who put Reid in that slot eight years ago, I have been proud of the job he’s done. Given the strictures of the morning format, he excelled. It is a sad fact in radio today that talent counts less than the bottom line.

      • Totally agree. Reid was a tremendous talent that, in my opinion, was held back by that morning format. KTOK should have moved him into the afternoon drive slot after the sad passing of great Mark Shannon.

      • Annie Silvers

        I am sick about this! You have made a huge mistake firing Reid Mullins. Wrong move KTOK!!!!!!!

      • R. Kent Hunt

        Reis was the best local ever. I hope he lands on his feet! KTOK sucks and I will only listen to their national line up. Hope some one out bids them for that!

      • bqr5uk

        I wonder if the “suits” considered how many other people they are going to have to cut once they figure out how many listeners will no longer be listening? God Bless you Reid! Yeager, no offense, you seem like a really nice lady, but you were one of the reasons I stopped listening to the twister. Oklahomans are extremely resourceful, we will find the information we want in another format.

  2. Jim

    You can’t get rid of Reid Mullins. I’ll never wake up in time for work now.

  3. Steve Dickson

    I find myself listening to this station less and less all the time. Very sad what is being done to local radio – I wish Mr. Mullins the best.

    It seems there is a giant hole in this market for investigative journalism and local reporting. Maybe in all the markets these days.

  4. Denise CH

    What?!? This is terrible. I really appreciated the work he put in and the variety of guests. Now what am I going to do in the AM.

  5. Mark Mayes

    Mullins in the Morning was the only KTOK show that I listened to that covered local interest.

    I am going to write letters to KTOK advertisers to let them know that after cancelling Mullins in the Morning, I no longer have a reason to listen to KTOK.

    I am going to send copies to Clear Channel CEO and KTOK Station Manager.

    Unless the programming changes, I done with KTOK.

  6. Adrian Martin

    I am very angered at this move to oust Reid Mullins. I have enjoyed listening to him all these years he has been on. He has in my opinion been Oklahoma’s version of Beck, Limbaugh, and Hanity. I I can’t imagine that his replacement will be a conservative voice for us.

    As a conspiracist, I can only imagine that the Libs are behind this kind of like Hanity getting booted of of Fox TV.

  7. EdmondVoter

    Well I’ll start listening to my Sirius radio during my drive time to / from work… KTOK was the only local station that I listened to for local news and perspective. Guess I’ll just have to go back to listening to a music station that interjects 1 minute news updates occasionally or read the newspaper. And Reid when you land somewhere, please let us all know so we can join you. Bye Bye KTOK!!!!!

    • L. Barry

      Agree 100%. Really miss Reid and feel there were some politics behind his dismissal! I’m hoping to hear that I can find Reid on the air sometime really soon.

  8. Kevin Posey

    Goodbye terrestrial radio, hello expensive satellite radio. Reid was the only morning radio show I could listen to. Other morning radio idiots talk about little more than penis size, bowel movements, and other mindless drivel that makes you want to speed and run red lights so you can get out of the car and away from the radio. Yes, I know there’s an off button, but seriously, isn’t there something worth listening to, something that doesn’t make you stupider while your listening to it?

  9. Mark

    First, Jerry Bohnen. Then, Eggman. Now, Reid Mullins.

    And Reid is being replaced by the wife of the programming director for Clear Channel – OKC? Sounds to me like a conflict of interest/nepotism going on here.

    Reid was VERY informative and had EXCELLENT guests on his show. He and they let us know what was happening in terms of current events – local, state, national, and even some international. I fear that we have become a society that is more concerned with who got booted off the reality shows than we are becoming INFORMED about things that affect our daily lives.

    Referencing the last sentence in the paragraph above should lead one to share my belief that that’s how you end up with a President like Barack HUSSEIN Obama in the White House. An unfinformed electorate leads to multiple downfalls.

    To quote The Great One Mark Levin,

    THANK ME!

    Mark

  10. Dan T. Man

    It just goes to show you, if you’re married to the Director of Programming at Clear Channel Communications, you too can have anyone you want ousted and take over their position. Well played, Clear Channel, well played… You are doing a fine job of living up to your sleazy reputation in the radio market. I’m confident that Reid Mullins shall be back on the air in the OKC radio market soon. He is a legacy in that market having been on the air for at least over 25 years. I think him leaving Clear Channel is equivalent to escaping Shawshank… Reid is finally a free man!

    • In my tenure at KTOK, here’s how hiring and firing worked (and still does, by all accounts): Decisions to hire are made locally. In Reid’s case, I recommended him and upper management agreed. “Reductions in force” come from the top down. The Corporate Suits issue the edict and the local management is told to comply. The director of programming can’t make such a change on his own. It is bean-counter radio at its worst. Kathi is a talented and nice lady who now must adapt to the AM talk format. Not an easy task.

  11. Brian D

    I consistently listened to Reid since he started the show eight years ago, when he was cruising 39th Street at 4:00 A.M. I woke up to him every morning. Let us know if he gets a new gig, or even if he starts a blog. Since his blog was on KTOK’s website, it’s now gone too.

  12. fab4fan

    Reid’s dismissal is just one of many in a sad trend by giant corporate radio(?) owners who care nothing about local programming to save a buck. I have nothing against Kathy, I hear she is a sweet person. I do hold her husband partly responsible (he wants to keep his job so he does what he is told) for the death of this broadcast leader in local news/talk. First he hires his buddy to be program director after Mike leaves. I can’t imagine what he did all day long to earn his salary. It was only after the Eggman debacle that he finally had to get on air. Then he lets one of the finest (and last of his kind) radio journalist. I predict in the coming year, no local shows, no news team (unless they rip and read wire copy) and no originality. RIP KTOK.

  13. Jeff Gullett

    I just found out today about Reid and quite frankly, I’m stunned. I have seen many changes at KTOK over the years. Most all were positive until the Hornets basketball team were brought here. I know that there is a large amount of listeners that enjoy their sports and by no means do I mean to disparage them, but we worked long and hard to build KTOK into the solid news station that it was…..(unfortunately, ‘was’ is the operative word here now)….. I had the honor to work with you Mike, and was running Reid’s show when some of the ‘reductions’ started taking place. I didn’t care for it but totally supported your retirement, although I knew you wouldn’t fully retire, but now for CCR to remove a talent like Reid leaves me believing that the management is nothing better than WKRP………

    Sad day in OKC radio.

  14. D Pick

    I like Reid and his normal “guy in the street” patriotic approach to current events. His low key self deprecating humor and the relationships he has with those he interviews fits well with the morning format. I think KTOK is making a big mistake putting a high energy “personality” in this timeslot. If anything, let Yeager replace that windbag Lee Matthews in the afternoon. KOKC here we come.

    • Jblake

      Ditto. I don’t care for Yeager’s style — Reid would have been great in the afternoon drive slot. Lee just irritates me — windbag was a good term for it.

  15. Howdy Larson

    I leave for work at 5 A.M. each morning and enjoy listening to Reid Mullins. I see that KTOK prefers the run of the mill reporters without personality. Mr. Reid is unique and speaks like an Okie who cares about Oklahoma issues. I no longer have a reason to listen to KTOK.

  16. Myrna Moore

    Reid Mullins everything others have said is right on.. You will be missed on ktok but, we all know that “THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE” and that’s what you are all about. I’m with you, 4/19 and 9/11 ARE CONNECTED. The TRUTH will prevail.
    Now having said that, tomorrow Sat. Aug. 17th – 10:00 to 4:00 (come & go)…
    Now you can help us and come and be involved in: OVERPASS.ORG : OVERPASSES FOR OBAMA’S IMPEACHMENT I-44 & NW Highway (across from Penn Sq. Mall. You will be glad you did. :^) God Bless You.

  17. DLAOKC

    Done. Over. No more KTOK for me. I fumed when they terminated Jerry Bohnen (and replaced him with the insipid and stupid Mike what’s-his-name), and Eggman, but now, to let Reid go… Unforgiveable. KTOK and Reid were my morning news.

  18. Really, The girl from twister gets the job because she’s married to “Tom Travis, director of programming for Clear Channel-Oklahoma City.” This is BS imo. Reed did a great job and was always entertaining. I listened to the Twister girl for about 20 minutes this morning and she was talking about creepy guys and teenage girls or something.. uggg turned off the radio.

    ATTN Lee Matthews, Better shack up with some big shot at Clearchannel if you want to keep your job!!

  19. I wish we had a true NEWS talk station in OKC instead of just network feeds all day.

  20. Janet Chadwick

    Sure don,t want to wake up to this new voice! I have quit watching the local TV that is all female. Too much giggling going on. Now this.
    Let us know where Reid goes. I wish him all the luck!

  21. Fred L. Hein

    I agree with all that was said above; Reid Mullins was a tremendous talent and I appreciated his investigative research so much. Plus the fact that he was comforting to listen to because he could relate to all of us. I have been a faithful listener to KTOK as a source for local news and flavor since my teen years in the 1960s and 1970s, but this move has completely destroyed KTOK’s credibility in my view. Hello KOKC and KRMG.

  22. Nope

    I gave Kathi Yeager a try this morning for the first and last time. You could just tell she was reading a script of questions written by Lee for Mark Levin. I get the sense she would rather be spinning terrible Nashville country tunes and bantering with an equally clueless co-host about wacky news topics than interviewing Levin. I’ll find a new radio home this week.

  23. Terrible

    What a terrible mistake firing Reid Mullins. I don’t want to listen to KTOK anymore.I first heard Kathi this morning and all I could think of was how much I miss Reid.
    Don’t you care about those who tuned in because of Reid Mullins?

  24. Ken Johnson

    I can’t believe that KTOK let Reid go in a supposed RIF and then turn right around and replace him!  Where’s the reduction?  Oh!  I get it!  It’s not REALLY a reduction in force, it’s a reduction in EXPENSES! OH YEAH, been there and done that!  I hear business these days complain that there is  no loyalty any more among employees!  We’ll,  that works two ways, KTOK! Lee Matthews and Mike Sanders,  LOOK OUT!  YOU’RE NEXT.  Reid, if you find a new radio home, I’ll be changing channels. God bless you, you’ve done an outstanding job.  Shame on the Greed of the bean counters at CLEAR CHANNEL.  YOU ARE A SORRY BUNCH……

  25. PJ

    Sad day when Reid Mullins was released. I enjoyed waking up to his commentary. He discussed local news worthy items. He had many Oklahoma representatives to discuss their view but as an excellent reporter he “held their feet to the fire”. Keeping them honest if they stated something which was a “half-truth”. Will miss him. Well now time to look for a new station just like I had to do for the drive home when KTOK released Mr. Bohnen. Yeager in the morning! She even said (at7:10 am) that she is the UM Queen, but she will get better! WHAT happen when a person is usually replaced the new person is suppose to be an improvement? Does not sound like this is what happened here. Going from a smooth radio professional to the UM QUEEN. Go back to the Twister, perhaps Reid will go there.I am moving on to another morning show just as I have moved on from KTOK afternoon show. Let’s see how the advertisers react.

  26. Steve

    Agree in that Mullins firing was a bad, bad, move. And about protesting against their advertisers, who’s that other than government funded messenging and Peter Pill ads. This station is going down hill and fast. Time for some corporate restructuring at this company and many others in this country.

  27. Jeff

    Reid seemed like a nice guy and he had good guests but I didn’t care to listen to him. I only tuned in for the news and traffic updates. I don’t think the new lady is an upgrade to Reid at all, maybe a step back. KRMG in Tulsa has a GREAT format with a lot of local news and traffic and they are upbeat, not like Reid who sounded like he could fall asleep at any moment. Reid will be OK but honestly, I’m glad he’s not on the morning KTOK show any longer.

    • rawheadrex

      KRMG still does radio as it should be done. It is probably the only station in the state that has local news 24/7/365 , TU games blocks and a few sporadic other times excepted. KTOK does nothing local evenings, weekends and holidays and bumps Mark Levin for that “local” team, the Texas Rangers.
      It is too bad KOKC can’t do much. But KTOK and KOKC seem to be the places KWTV people after their TV demises.

  28. Pam

    WOW, what a shock. I thought Reid was just on vacation. Kept waiting for anyone to say anything!

    Going to hunt Reid down and see where he’s broadcasting and tune in.

    Good-bye, KTOK. It was a good run.

  29. TC

    I woke up to the horrible realization yesterday that Reid Mullins had been replace by someone who has only a fraction of his talent. She started off with a prayer that everything would be OK. You’re going to need Divine help, sweetie, because I don’t think you can pull this off. Next came a call from a listener who claimed to be her biggest fan. He claimed that he had a word for listening to her–”Yeagering”. Obviously a set up call from a family member or a neighbor. Today she invoked the name of Mark Shannon and what a great influence he had been on her career. Gag! I’m gone. Lotsa luck KTOK.

  30. Troy

    We can only hope that Reid will show up on another local station. If he does, I will become a listener of that station!

    To KTOK: You’re proving that “you can’t fix stupid”.

  31. Larry Stein

    I worked at the KTOK news department in the 1980′s, there was all local news with around 10 reporters, all local radio talk show hosts. It was a golden age for news junkies in Oklahoma but now, it’s sad the condition. Of media in our state now. It takes some historical knowledge of lots of things to be a good talk show host, and it was obvious that some replacements don’t know much about our local governments and any history. I’ll still listen to Rush but it’s hard to listen to the morning now. Perhaps she will get better.

  32. Okie girl outrunning twisters

    Boo KTOK!
    Not interested in your new girl in the morning.
    Mullins was real good, miss him already.

  33. Jay

    Getting rid of Reid Mullins was a huge mistake! Who is making these decisions? Must be the same guys who pre-empt Mark Levin for baseball. Really?? Putting Brian Lloyd on in the a.m. with his monotone voice made me want to yawn and crawl back in bed- a morning show host he is not. But I bore with it, expecting Reid to be back. Kathi is too gushy, don’t think she can fill Reid’s shoes.

  34. Dana C

    I too will no longer be listening to KTOK in the AM.
    Stupid move. I loved driving to work listening to Reid.
    I refuse to listen to more dumbed-down radio!!

    • sad times

      Reid was the only reason I listened to KTOK, and now I’ll have to find a new morning show. The new girl is just way too ditzy for my mornings and her voice just grates on my last nerve. Hope Reid lets his fans know where he is, and I hope it’s a morning show! Bye KTOK

  35. Firing Reid was a big mistake! The new person is Boring!!! I won’t be listening in the morning. Who ever fired Reid should get the boot, as they are not a good judge of talent.

  36. hazel schlick

    Wherever Reido ends up, I’ll be there. He is the political-host version of The Natural. In a sane business world you don’t waste talent like that. You suits are dumb-arses.

  37. [...] has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth regarding Reed Mullins’ departure from KTOK, and perhaps a bit less of it regarding the apparent conversion of KTST “The Twister” [...]

  38. Tom

    I thirst for local news, but I can’t find it anywhere. Radio is gone with KTOK’s RIF. TV is a recital of the police blotter. And the Oklahoman’s energy reporters don’t even know that purchased of $1.2 billion in Ohio leases until they read it in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.

    Where do I get local news?

  39. Steven

    Jeff I agree. What I’m about to say will WITHOUT-A-DOUBT get a ton of hate and name calling going from Reid’s fans… But here we go:

    I completely understand that Reid had a lot of fans in the Oklahoma City market. I have quite a few friends that absolutely LOVED Mullins in the morning. I listened to his show about 90% of the time, simply because there was nothing else in the market considered “local news talk” in the same time spot. Reid and I went at it a few times on his facebook page, and for good reason. (Which I believe was one of his biggest problems as an on air host)

    He NEVER challenged his guests on ANYTHING they said. He’d have Ben Odom on quite a bit, and I think we can all agree that EVERY TIME Ben speaks, he can stick his foot in his mouth at least once. Reid NEVER challenged his position on anything! NEVER! Ben’s biggest talking point, or reply to any argument is… “Well the Republicans are blocking” or simply blame the Republicans to some degree (you get my point). Listen, I think the Republicans suck just as much as the democrats on a ton of issues… But to never challenge the talking point, to me was just LAZY broadcasting! (Which goes to Jeff’s point above)

    And it wasn’t only with Ben; I would have LOVED to see Reid challenge Mick Cornett on some issues as well. I don’t know why he never did, though I happen to believe it’s because he was lazy and couldn’t debate on air. (He proved that in his debates with me. As soon as I brought a point that he couldn’t debate, or I asked for some kind of sourcing to his claims… He’d resort to name calling and claim that I was being paid off. I have some printed off from before he blocked me if you’d like proof.)

    My criticisms of Reid are not only about his inability to debate on air. A lot of my problems with his show centered on the fact that it was VERY RARE to hear Reid go very deep on any particular subject. YES, I know the format sucked. But 10 minutes, even 5 minutes is quite a long time in Radio to delve pretty deep into a subject when you’ve done your homework and are prepared to discuss said subject. I believe that was one of his biggest downfalls. (Which is why I had to literally laugh out loud when I read someone say Reid was Oklahoma’s Glenn Beck) If you ever listened to Mark Shannan, he would do his homework on every subject he covered, and it showed! When he apposed MAPS, he was able to tear apart the plan, piece by piece and explain exactly what he disagreed with and explain it in detail. I listened to Reid Mullins almost every morning… I never once heard Reid tear apart anything with that much detail. Which goes back to that same theme; Reid’s show seemed lazy.

    As for the “success” of Reid Mullins; I don’t care how much you dislike KTOK or Clear Channel (now that they fired Reid). They would NEVER fire “talent” that was just a ratings giant. I’m sorry, but to claim otherwise is asinine. The simple truth is, Mullins in the Morning was not a ratings winner. Last I looked, and I’ve slept a few times since I’ve seen the ratings list… Mullins in the Morning I believe was fifth or sixth in the Okc market. (That’s not very good)
    Has KTOK made mistakes in the last few years? Absolutely! And I believe the Program Director or whomever is responsible for their format in the morning should at least share responsibility in KTOK’s low ratings in that time slot. YOU DON’T NEED TRAFFIC AND WX EVERY TEN MINUTES!!! But at the same time, like I said before; Reid could have worked harder to improve his show for the format he was dealt.

    I truly believe Reid has some very passionate fans that will stick with him no matter what (believe me, you should see some of the comments I get by simply asking him to provide sourcing to a claim).

    My point is, Reid put the same show on air morning-after-morning, year-after-year without any change. I’m sorry, but you can’t expect someone with stagnant ratings, and a seemingly lazy show to stay on air for decades.

    It’s okay if everyone disagrees with me. After reading the comments on this page (which is the only reason I decided to comment) I can only imagine the push back I’ll get.

    Have a nice day.

  40. Richard Curry

    Thanks Mike for the straight info. When I learned Reid was being replaced I went to the KTOK website to learn more. After losing Mark Shannon I was hoping Reid wasn’t in poor health. But no… KTOK didn’t even have the kahoneys to simply state “staff reduction” in a press release and post it on their site. Thanks.

  41. Brian D

    Since Reid is no longer on in the morning, I’ve been trying out a few other stations as replacement for KTOK during my morning drive. I stumbled upon Jerry Bohnen doing the morning news on 99.7 KZLS. It was good to hear his voice on air again.

  42. Mike.okie

    Without Reed Mullins, 1000AM is off my dial. You POed the town ? The town POs on you,and the Clear Channel Mule you road in on.

  43. Steven

    I guess McCarville doesn’t like dissenting opinions, nor will he allow them on the comment page. (At least as of 10:32am on 8-23-13) I wrote my original dissent, from most of the opinions on this page 8-21-13 approx 9:00pm… Then submitted another (since I noticed my original wasn’t being approved) on 8-22-13. I didn’t use any foul language, or threaten anyone. I simply disagreed that Reid was an “Amazing Broadcaster” and cited my reasons. Whoever is screening the comments doesn’t even have to approve this comment, but I would ask that I receive an email explaining why my comment was not approved.

  44. jeannie

    I predict that KTOK will regret this decision. What they need is a new programming director. I loved listening to Reid every morning. Kathy just isn’t a talk show host. Don’t care who she’s married to. No more KTOK for me.

  45. D Pick

    Steven, what’s it like to be a legend in your own mind as you sit in your underwear in your mom’s basement typing your 10 paragraph self absorbed FOS tirade? I guess you didn’t get the show. Reid let varying points of view come out for us to decide who was right. He didn’t attack his guests, didn’t have to. We have enough of that during the day with Limbaugh. Hannity, and Levin (when he’s on). I like those guys, too, but Reid was different. Had he attacked his guests, I imagine it would have been difficult to book them for future interviews. Hey Reid, get on your website and let us know where you end up, KOKC needs a local morning show.

  46. Jim

    I somewhat agree with Steven’s lengthy analysis, but I don’t think Reid intended his show to be about debating, I think he just wanted to present his guests in a conversational, not confrontational way.

    The jury is out on Yeager, but from what I’ve heard this week, I’ll probably be finding a new station to listen to for my morning drive.

  47. blanchardjohnny

    I drive 45 minutes to work each day. The mullins wit and information made me laugh and put me in a good mood to start my day. Now I listen to the new host I feel sick. She may be a nice lady but she is no Reid Mullins. Tune in to 1520 now.

  48. dennis c

    In spite of having good morning talk since leaving OK for TX, PA and now NM…I streamed Reid’s show every day. My data usage will drop in proportion to the ad dollars. Bad move KnoTOK

  49. rawheadrex

    Just listen to the self-promotion, then listen to the product. Shouldn’t news leaders report 24/7/365 rather than talk about the events of the previous weekend?

  50. GodFearingWoman

    For the first time, I turned the radio off this morning on my drive to work. I absolutely do no like the new radio host and am very upset that Reed is no longer doing the show. I will turn it back on when Glenn comes on at 8. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  51. Tiffany

    I have tried and I just can’t do it! I want my Mullins in the morning back!!!

  52. Jason 321

    I have enjoyed Reed’s broadcast for years. I listened to him every morning while driving to work. I have to say that it is hard to listen to Yeager. She really likes to hear herself talk. She goes on for ever when asking a simple question to whom ever she is interviewing. As such I have switched back to listening to music in the mornings. I still listen to national talk but won’t listen in the morning show anymore. Hope the best for Reed.

  53. TomTerrific

    Wow. When the radio came on this morning, it just happened to be set on 1000 AM. Got to listen to Yeager-in-the-Morning. Yep. She wuz talkin’ (like a little motor running real fast) to her “other sorta favorite football team’s old quarterback” about the team’s NEW quarterback – TRAVIS Knight!

    Yep. Good ‘ol “TRAVIS!”

    Let’s ask JUSTIN White how he thinks TRAVIS ever beat out BRENT Bell for the job!

    And then, the New Orleans Newsman came on talkin’ about the big fire yesterday at Hib-DONS tire store down in Norman.

    Yep. ‘Ol Hib-DONS. Done business with ‘em for years! (Couldn’t help but notice that Hib-DONS doesn’t seem to pay to advertise on KTOK anymore — and neither does Aduddell Roofing. I guess the Aduddell guy hasn’t literally known Kathi Yeager all of her life. Not many other familiar advertisers, either!

    Then we got to listen to DON Odom an’ that Republican dude tryin’ to talk about evolution and stuff!

    Wow! Boy! Yep — do I ever LOVE Yeager-in-the-morning!

  54. We want Reid and his team (Mullins in the Morning) back on the air at KTOK! He lifted all of us with his Conservative talk show and most importantly he told the truth. I won’t be listening to this station anymore. Thank you Reid for making my mornings brighter. KTOK…you suck!

  55. tinac

    I want Reid Mullins back. The women who took his place is boring and I find myself looking for another station. PLEASE BRING HIM BACK.

  56. marie

    I will now listen to KOKC in Reid’s time slot. He is bound to be snapped up by another station soon.

  57. Phillip

    No more KTOK on my radio, the cheery morning girl just don’t have it.

  58. Paul Johnson

    I drive to work with the radio off now. Can not stand Kathi Yeagers voice.

    • We Want Reid

      She rambles and does not speak confidently. She has no authority because she seems to not be informed. It takes forever for her to get that bit of drivel out of her mouth. Just can’t stand it. Yes, Reid could have confronted a few guests just to keep it interesting. Yeager has done a bit of confronting which was at least an attempt, but she takes so long to get her ideas out that the guests themselves have no time to debate (Monday mornings at 7:35-:40). She needs to study up. That should cure the rambling problem. But that voice……..ouch!

  59. rawheadrex

    Hit the button this PM, expecting Levin, as promoed earlier. Got local(?) baseball Rangers. Can (K)ing (T)urkey (O)klahoma (K)nows survive if it loses Limbaugh?Flood elrushbo@eibnet.com with recommendations!

  60. SoDak

    I’ve now lived in Oklahoma for over 12 years and listened to KTOK all of those years during my commute to and from work. Now with the changes KTOK has inflicted on themselves the last two years I’m listening to them less and less. Kathi Yeager is no Reid Mullens replacement and now even the traffic reporting is a joke. Last week I40 Eastbound was closed and HP was making everyone exit at Morgan Road. KTOK traffic input reported it was “a slowdown” by some radio person (what happened to Road King?). Forcing everyone off of the Interstate is not a slowdown in anyone’s book. I’m now looking for a different station for my commute to get news, weather, and traffic as KTOK has lost their mind, will lose the market, and hence, the business.

    And Steven, your opinion on how good you are and how bad Reid was is your opinion. Keep it to yourself as we are not listening to you on the radio or wishing we were.

  61. Paul Brown

    I started listening to KTOK back when Cam Edwards ran the morning show. When he left for the NRA, I thought all was lost with Kevin James – he was not cut out for the task (not even in the same league as Cam). Then came Reid. He gave a new perspective and was genuine (Kevin James sounded fake every moment he was on the air). I have listened to Kathy for two weeks now – don’t think she will last long. BTW – I miss the days of MIKE MIKE MIKE!

  62. I hate to see Reid go. I will miss the information on the events like the annual fly-in, the train info, the car cruise-ins, and the ham radio info. In regards to politics, he provided the information, you formed your own opinion. I drive 45 minutes to get to work every morning. Yes, the traffic reports every 10 minutes are very important to me. I’m looking for a new morning show. Yeager’s voice is too annoying early in the morning. I’ve listened to KTOK for many years. I suffered through The Eggman. I’m gone now. Good-bye KTOK.

  63. Rick McCoy

    Thank God for 640 sports channell. Since Mullins is gone at least I have them to turn to. KTOK sucks.

  64. Jeff

    Steven, you hit the nail on the head with most of your comment above. Gotta disagree with you on the traffic and weather reports every ten minutes, though. That is the only reason I tuned in to KTOK in the mornings. A true local news and weather station like KRMG in Tulsa would be awesome in OKC. I love their format, just can’t get the OKC traffic reports in Tulsa. :) Come on, KTOK, let’s get a real news talk program in the mornings!!

  65. rawheadrex

    I have tried to get 740/KRMG to open an OkC bureau after my ToDs in River City. Apparently, it is a matter of courtesy. I’ll wager an aggressive sales campaign to open OkC to Tulsa advertisers who have OkC links would remedy that. Tulsa has local news 24/7/365, except for T-U f & ball. OkC gets local news 0500-1900 M-F, excepting weekends and holidays. It has become a schlock operation.

  66. Okiezmom

    I miss Reid Mullins on the morning drive. Kathi has a hard road ahead of her and I wish her the best, but I’ve started listening to my CDs again. She is an excellent radio personality, always happy and cheerful, but I’m not doing well accepting her as a talk show host.

  67. Redrivergrl

    I found Reid on Face Book. I would encourage everyone to request him as a friend in order to keep up with his whereabouts and next endeavor. I think he could use the support right now too!

  68. rawheadrex

    Another holiday and Oklahoma City has no local radio news. KRMG has a full crew with local news. That is the difference of a real radio station and one which only does it for a hobby.

  69. Denny

    Another one leaving KTOK. Maybe Kathi is a nice lady but I can’t stand her voice.
    Listening to Reid was like he was in the car with you.

  70. Ron in OKC

    Kathy is awful. I can’t listen to KTOK in the morning any longer. :-(

  71. Sad Not to hear Reid in the morning and not interested in listening to Lee in the afternoon. Guess the only thing left on KTOK is when sports are broadcast.

  72. Ellie

    Tuned in to KTOK this morning for the first time in several weeks, expecting to hear Reid. Only listened to Kathy for about two minutes – couldn’t stand her voice or her ditsy affect. I was hoping that Reid was just on vacation – until I did an internet search and found this thread. This is the final straw for me. I won’t listen to KTOK any longer. It has been on a downhill slide since Mark Shannon passed. The Eggman was good, but unfortunately he didn’t last. Absolutely will NOT listen to Lee Matthews with his hyperinflated ego and idiotic voice manipulations. Hope KTOK makes some big changes very soon – or they will become part of “Remember Oklahoma City When….?”

  73. Kathy

    Can’t stand that squeaky voice of Kathys. Reid was much more informative, and loved everything about his show. Kathy is weak, and much less professional. Wont be listening to her! You lost my drive to work.

  74. Jenny

    Kathi is gone – apparently on her own choice. No way they’ll bring Reid back despite the outcry.

  75. Katie

    If Kathy is gone – then good! I’m so confused what’s going on at KTOK. I didn’t know if she was on vacation or off having to tend to her family crisis which she tearfully told us about (sick arthritic kid, may have to downsize her Edmond home, etc.) One day she did a remote from Panera Bread on a breast cancer fundraising. Gushing over the bagel choices is better suited for her than trying to hold down a big time slot of newsy, more serious topics. I do wish her the best, but she was not well received. The kind of people who loved Reid are not the same kind who would love her. It was a dumb change for Clear Channel to have made.
    Now- Brian Lloyd is tolerable. His voice can be annoying – is it a whine at the end? I can’t explain it. Also, some of his comments put me in mind of a teenage boy. He’s on his way to maturing, but not quite the full-blown mature, time-weary guy yet. But he definitely has potential and I prefer him over Yeagar (she’s a beauty!- according to her promo)
    I don’t know if Lloyd is permanent or not. KTOK doesn’t tell us anything.
    As for Reid- I miss him terribly and am keeping my eyes and ears open for his return. I hope we get to hear him again somewhere. And if it’s on radio, THAT’S the station I’ll be listening to.

  76. William

    We refuse to listen to KTOK any longer! Really sad that Reid is gone and don’t appreciate the stance by the station on the “guns for everybody” and constant reference and time given to this subject. Sure wish there was a local station with local news and opinions during morning and evening drive times.
    Except for traffic reports during those times, we prefer the Tulsa station.

  77. I don’t turn the radio on in the morning. Nothing worth listening to.
    I hope some station picks up Reid Mullins, he let us know what was
    really going on and he was funny!

    Hope they put a LARGE billboard up as to where he is, so all the
    listeners can hear him again.

  78. rawheadrex

    What has happened to OkC radio? Is this new guy on an exit path? His resume tells about major market experience. Why would he come to a station that is in a sorry condition? KTOK would be closer to the good, old days if it were half as good as its promotions say it is. Glad we have ÅM 740.

  79. Rick Westerman

    Ried, pse stay in touch.
    Rick at DJ0IP.de
    in Germany

    This was the worst news since Obama got elected!

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