For more than 20 years, thousands of people across the
Spokane area tuned in to classic
rock KKZX-98.9 FM on weekday mornings to listen to the Radio Men.
But, according to spokesman.com, just after Halloween, the popular duo of Jim Arnold and C. Foster Kane suddenly went off the air – to the dismay of many who commented on the classic rock station’s Facebook page:
- “Been listening to the Radio Men since I was 6. Think I’m done with 98.9 … sad.”
- “No Radio Men? I will move on and never speak this station’s call letters again.”
- “I listened to Radio Men with my father and those were great memories. How could you let all the loyal fans down like that without even a word?”
It was a matter of money, said Cal Hall,
Spokane market manager for Clear Channel
Communications. The Texas-based media giant owns KKZX and several other local
“We were working with the Radio Men, trying to come to an agreement financially,” Hall said Thursday. “Unfortunately, we were not able to come to an agreement with C. Foster Kane, so we decided to part ways.”
“Putting him on in the morning by himself didn’t make sense,” Hall said. “That doesn’t mean he won’t be back in the morning. We’re looking for a good morning show, and that may include Jim.”
There’s no timetable for launching the new show, he added: “I’m going to take as long as it takes to find the best fit for that station.”
Spokane-born Arnold, 59, and native Californian Kane, 61, worked in markets across the country before teaming up on KKZX in 1992. Their show, typically among the top-rated local morning offerings, was a mixture of music and offbeat banter.