Talk radio host Ralph Bailey resigned without warning Thursday from his afternoon show on KNZR 1560 AM, among the top-rated stations in the local market.
Jennifer Self at bakersfieldcalifornian.com reports, Bailey could not be reached for comment moments after a posting on his Facebook page announced his departure, but local Buckley Radio General Manager Mary Lou Gunn confirmed Bailey resigned, adding that she wishes him well.
"He was a huge part of the success of the radio station," Gunn said of Bailey's nine-year tenure with Buckley. "He will be hard to replace."
Bailey's Facebook posting:
"It was with a heavy heart that I tendered my resignation to Buckley Radio today. However, future opportunities and challenges make it virtually impossible not to seek out new adventures. I would like to thank Steve Darnell, Kathy Baker and posthumously Rick Buckley. To my colleagues, I hope I was a team player who made the station and the client top priority and someone who grasped the concept of pulling on one side of the rope. To my sponsors, I hope I played a small role in your success and thank you for your support! And to my listeners, (and you know I'm blubbering like a baby, by now) you gave me a voice in this community! I pray you will travel with me wherever I go!!! Thank you all!! It's been an incredible ride!!!!"
McKay, whose noon-to-3 p.m. program served as the lead-in to Bailey's show, said he noticed a change in his colleague's demeanor in the last week or so and noted Bailey missed two shows last week.
McKay speculated that Bailey might be poised to change careers or could be headed to arch-rival radio station KERN, owned by American General Media.