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published June 15th:
was a kid growing up in northern Michigan, I
HATED KLT with the most severe of all passions.
It sickened me that kids in Detroit, Grand
Rapids and other downstate towns had way better
rock stations than me. Hell, sometimes I BEGGED
my parents to take me to Detroit since I was too
young for KLT and too old for 106.7 The Peak.
Thankfully, The Zone came in 1998, but they
spent its first two years on the air playing
Yes, KLT was the lamest excuse for a rock
station. It's owned by a family from North
Dakota who only owns it for profit and the
idiots who run it locally aim it towards the
white trash losers who live up north. Of course,
there's Terri Ray, who has been at KLT since
1984 and hosts the highly-predictable Meatless -
er, I mean, Leetsville Cafe at noon, where the
yokels who listen to the station can tell her to
play the same shitty songs over and over.
Of course, there's too many reasons to hate KLT.
Their morning show sucks and their afternoon
host is a total dick who needs to be exposed.
Tom Devitt has been at KLT for several years now
and has worked for a few radio groups up north.
As a matter of fact, he was the morning host at
The Zone in the late 90s and his show was as
lame as watching paint dry or waiting for the
jurors of the Bill Cosby rape trial to make up
their goddamned minds.
As I've mentioned a few times here and there,
Devitt worked for several years at a crappy
little station in Michigan's Thumb called 92.1
The Coyote. While there, he would pimp his
shitty show called "Rabid Radio" on a popular
message board that I used to frequent by
hijacking threads with stupid messages like
"how's Rabid Radio doing in the ratings?" or "I
hear Rabid Radio is an awesome show", etc. His
username, BTW was "radiostudtd", which was one
of the worst usernames I've ever heard of. So, I
outed him on this very website, back in the days
when I didn't archive much. Needless to say, he
sent me a nasty email talking about the fact
that he had his own house, got laid once in a
while, etc. Apparently, because of me, his
bosses got word of his shenanigans and was
almost canned. So, he wanted to get even with me
and *allegedly* created several fake profiles on
that message board and hijacked several of my
threads. Even worse, the fellow posters got on
his side, so I quit.
Since then, Dipshit has moved back to northern
Michigan, namely the Petoskey area and worked at
classic rocker The Bear for a while before
coming to KLT where he was one of the co-hosts
of their shitty Afternoon Trainwreck show. He
also helps run their sister station, ESPN Up
North 106.7/105.5 where he hosts a High School
But yes, Dimwit has shown time after time that
he's anything but talented. Recently, Smitty.
afternoon host at rival Rock 105/95-5 pointed
out that Devitt's been ripping him off. Case in
Needless to say, Smitty posted this on his
Facebook page and Tom was nice enough to post on
there that he was going to be coming to Traverse
City (he does his show from Petoskey,
apparently) to confront him. The message has
since been deleted. But still, this battle is
fun to watch.
You know, it's sad that Blarney Stone, which
owns Q100 out of Grayling was supposed to own
KLT and its sisters by now, and last I heard,
the deal hit a snag since it's a three-way sale
(106.7 should be going to Baraga Broadcasting).
I'll betcha if Blarney Stone owned KLT outright
by now, most of the airstaff would have been
shown the door.
Personally, I wished northern Michigan had a
station like Rock 105/95-5 20 years ago. KLT
would be their bitch and quite frankly, they are
today now that 95.5 is back to the simulcast.
Now that Omelette is gone and their current
morning show is even worse, IS there a reason to
listen to KLT anymore? Let's not forget Sirius,
Pandora and the rest.
KLT: sticking our heads in our asses since 1982.
published June 21st:
week, I gave WKLT the Bee-otch of the Day, and
the floodgates opened.
Since that blog was published last Thursday,
I've gotten several responses in regard to KLT
and the shit they've been pulling. In case you
missed it, Smitty, the afternoon jock at
crosstown Rock 105/95-5 is now accusing KLT for
ripping off segments of his show. Originally,
Smitty was part of an afternoon duo on the
station. KLT responded by creating "The
Afternoon Trainwreck", which was also an
afternoon duo. Since then, The Trainwreck has
moved to mornings after the dismissal of
longtime morning man Steve "Omelette" Normandin
while Smitty now does his show solo. Smitty does
a segment on his show called "The Box" where he
plays songs that rarely get played on the radio
anymore. Now, his competitor, KLT's Tom
Dipshit-er, Devitt has been ripping him off with
his own take called "The Bag".
Yeah, an Arab man whose last name sounds like a
Don Martin sound effect in Mad Magazine stabbed
a cop at Flint's Bishop Airport, the GOP wants
to take away our healthcare and Michigan's water
is in jeopardy because of Enbridge and Nestle.
But living in a town with an absolutely shitty
rock station is also a dire matter.
One of those who responded to KLT's BOTD was a
former station employee who told me that since
Omelette's dismissal, the station has been in a
downward spiral. Shortly after the announcement
was made that Omelette was let go, one of the
station's advertisers, who spent $50,000 per
year on spots pulled out. Not to mention that
several long-time ad execs at the station and
owner Northern Broadcast, Inc. all quit over the
frustration of not being able to sell ads on the
Even though Nielsen no longer embargoes most
ratings books for radio, Traverse City is a
notable exception even though three out of the
big five radio groups up north subscribe to the
books. Then again, ratings can be misleading,
especially in smaller markets like Traverse City
that still use paper diaries instead of personal
people meters. Ad revenue is how a station
succeeds up north. Since KLT is losing money
now, one can wonder on how long they can last
during its current state.
Hell, even their advertising
page on their website is a joke. Heritage
Rock with 3-decades of market leadership with
adult fans of 70s & 80s Classic Rock along
with mainstream New Rock. Ummmmmm.... "New
Rock"? I just checked their playlist and the
newest song on the list was "Lie To Me" by Jonny
Lang, which came out in 1997. How about "a whole
bunch of shitty white trash rock best suited for
the assholes who live out in Manceltucky?" Makes
Personally, KLT is now as useless as tits on a
bull. Yeah, their shtick was OK back in the
1990s when they were practically the only rock
station in town (and they DID play SOME new
rock, though it was pretty much what the local
CHRs were playing), but with Rock 105/95-5, The
Bear, Q100, Sirius/XM, Pandora, Slacker and
other services out there, who needs KLT?
Apparently, people who don't mind hearing
Foreigner, Styx, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles,
Boston and other other schlocky 1970s band that
What might be even sadder is that according to
one of my sources, the NBI/Blarney Castle deal
fell through, which means that the Gokeys - who
have owned KLT since 1983 - still own it, but
they're phoning it in even more. Blarney Castle
owns Q100 and had planned to merge that
station's operations with KLT. Just imagine: no
more Morning Trainwreck, Terri Ray or even Tom
"RadioDudSTD" Devitt. But now, it's becoming
less of a reality.
Oh, well. It's not 1995 anymore, and Rock
105/95-5 has bigger balls than they do.
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