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 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.

Valerie Lemke September 15, 2012 at 08:43 PM
It just amazes me how radio stations lately are getting rid of their top talent when times are tough instead of trimming elsewhere. Where do they think ratings come from that keep their station afloat? Even if they weren't highest, they were still in the running. Now what is left for the station? That is very sad, and the station will lose an entire fan base as well. I hope a smart station picks him up quickly! I wish him all the best.
Donn September 16, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Still listen to KFOX on the internet in New Mexico. Not anymore. About any rock station is going to rate behind the easy listening stations. I guess KFOX may be heading that way. Greg knows so much about the industry, knows so many people, and has so many stories to tell. The music I can get from 4 or 5 different stations in ABQ with just about the same playlist.
Johnny O. September 17, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Loved listening to Greg & Chris in the morning. Whenever I called in, they were very open to what i had to say. Both were very personable and complimented each other's style. I will miss ALL the DJs @ KFOX, but none more so than Greg & Chris. I pray that they find another radio station soon. I will NOT listen KFOX anymore and I'm taking the station off my preselected radio dial.
Mark Escobedo September 17, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Now KFOX is playing Green Day as part of their "new sound" formatting? Who the hell decided THIS is good radio?
Dave Crimmen September 18, 2012 at 04:48 PM
There's an old Irish saying "If it works, don't fix it". Guess the Irish are NOT running the station eh?


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