Greg Kihn Off Local Radio After 16 Years: He Was 'Numb' When Given the News

The KFOX morning man is one of the longest running DJs at one station in the Bay Area. He got laid off this week, while he's on top of the charts.

Greg Kihn, the number one morning DJ in music radio, got laid off Wednesday, after 16 years on the air with KFOX in San Jose and San Francisco.

He was given notice immediately after his show in San Francisco Wednesday morning. Kihn was due to negotiate a new contract, but owner Entercom Communications declined.

"It's horrible, you know, but it's the way radio is," said Kihn Friday. "This is the state of radio. This is life in the big leagues. It's a bummer, but I'm going to carry on."

Fans noticed Kihn and partner Chris Jackson were off the air Thursday and Friday, but no one knew why until Kihn sent out a press release Friday. The show was heard on KUFX-FM (98.5).

"I was down in the dumps for one day," said Kihn. "I was numb. It's like ending a marriage after 16 years. I was married to the station. I won't have the alarm set for 4 o'clock any more, but I'll still wake up at 4 o'clock wondering what to do."

He says he will finish a novel called Rubber Soul, about the Beatles and has screenplays being looked at, including one about the Mafia and the New York music business in the 1960s.

Kihn, 63,  played a reunion show with his original band in Santa Cruz in May and plans to do more live music shows now. Kihn has been a successful musician, writer and disk jockey since moving to California from Baltimore in the 1970s.

His show was originally based in San Jose but recently was shifted to a studio in San Francisco  that covered both cities San Jose.

Kihn is another in a series of shakeups in the local industry. Earlier this year longstanding news talk station KGO let go most of its staff after some 35 years as the No.1 station in radio.

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Larry September 29, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Wow I can't believe I listened to GK for 16 years. Seems like just yesterday he started up and brought the radio waves to life! Thank you sir for making the morning ride listening and entertaining.
Larry September 29, 2012 at 01:20 AM
OH! and the Kihn-certs will be sadly misssed.
David marquez October 17, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Spent most of my early mornings commuting from Hollister to Anywhere in the Bay Area for Work. Greg was in the passenger seat at all times. Kept me smilin, and awake. Seems to me, that that station no longer wanted to pay him his wages, and looked for a cheaper fill, so THEY can line their own pockets. Bad move. Greg will never go away. Good luck Greg. Don't know where you'll be , but be safe.
Craig Joyce January 20, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Blame the owners and general managers; apparently they think they know more about what you want than what you actually want. Use decca records as an example. When the beattles went there... Now the beattles albums are selling like hotcakes and decca Isn't getting a dime and the beattles are just as popular today as they were back then.
Destiny M. March 04, 2013 at 12:00 PM
KFOX used to be my favorite station, in fact my kids grew up on it. I can't stand there new formatting and don't even listen to it anymore. KFOX (the former used to be a great classic rock station). They have taken it and made it into a mediocre station. Though no station could actually replace KFOX for me I was able to find one that came closer to the old KFOX style. Greg Kihn was a great DJ, what a slap in his face they gave him. But it wasn't just Greg Kihn it is everything they did to the station. KFOX listeners were loyal listeners but when the station is not loyal back the listeners leave. And so KFOX will go down and it will serve the owners and general managers right. Hopefully they will all soon be looking for other jobs too, just like Greg


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