Jessica Heslam has the scoop on the end of the Lander era at WBMX, which is owned by talent-jettisoning CBS Radio.
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Why do I have the sinking feeling that I won't be excited by Mix 98.5's "coming announcement of exciting news about our morning programming!"
It's going to be syndicated crap, isn't it?
I really meant to post my story about how Mix 98.5 listeners aren't as cool as I expected a couple of days ago, but now this scoops me.
Seriously, though: how long will it be until all we have locally are various rand() function'ed radio-in-a-box stations, and just WBUR and WUMB left?
Longtime Mix 98.5 morning man John Lander bid farewell to surprised listeners yesterday. According to both the station and DJ, his contract ran out and wasn't renewed. Mix has yet to announce who's taking over the a.m. slot. "Contracts end," a cheerful-sounding Lander said, after signing off yesterday. "I thought we'd work it out. I would have loved to continue at Mix."
Unlike his fans, Lander (inset) wasn't surprised he got the boot. Owner CBS has made big changes in other markets, and it's obviously under economic pressure, he said. "A big morning show is a target. I kind of saw they were changing up their business model." Lander, who hopes to find another local radio gig, said he was really touched by his listeners' response yesterday.
Meanwhile, his sidekicks, Alicia Love and Kelly Malone, will continue at the station on other shifts. Love said she'll miss Lander. "He's a legend, to work with him was an absolute honor."
I absolutely can't stand Lander. Am I the only one completely annoyed by him. I didn't think he was funny, smart, interesting...anything else. Just terrible.
I agree. I couldn't stand him either.
Lander was certainly better than this Karson with a K and Kennedy. Kelly Malone had 10x more personality than Kennedy I am done with Mix
So disappointing, I used to laugh all the way to work
Lander made my morning. Every drive to work put me in a good mood and I was shocked to hear he was gone. I gave Karson and Kennedy a chance, but they just don't compare to him. I won't be listening to that station for my morning commute to work anymore. Very disappointing.
I agree with you. I am in search of another radio station!
Matty in the Morning - Kiss 108 FM
I couln't agree with you more. I am changing my radio pre-set to another station. I hope they suffer a huge loss of listeners. Karson and Kennedy are SO BORING and the commercial breaks are ridiculously long! The music seems not as up tempo either. I need that to get going in the morning. Best Wishes to you Lander!!
Lander's morning show was the best that Boston radio had to offer in the morning. Can't believe he's gone. I'll never listen to Mix 98.5 ever again.
I miss Lander, the morning crew made the drive to work a breeze. The new crew are boring and lame, they really need to spice things up soon or I'll either fall asleep or find a new station. How can anyone not like Lander in the morning, the crew was funny, interesting and entertaining. I guess I will have to start searching for a new station.
I miss Lander and the crew, very disapointed that he is gone, I won't listen to the new people in the morning, they don't make me laugh, very boring. Lander was it, laugh all the way to work.
I hope the station pays big for not renewing his contract.
We all miss you Lander best of luck in the future. The stations lost.
I used to live in Boston and listened to Lander in the morning every day on my hour plus commute to work. When I moved, I started listening to him on the internet. He had just the right balance of current events and funny material to keep the show interesting and fresh. Does anyone know where he's going next?
Lander was crude! His jokes were the lamest. I can't believe people are actually 'devastated' that he's off the air.
The new Mix 98.5 is so disappointing. Karson and Kennedy just arent the same as Lander. Cant believe they didnt resign him. Bad move. Now Im looking for a new station! Any suggestions?
WBMX has sucked since like 2001 or whenever they became Kiss-108 Jr.
If Lander isn't on Mix anymore, my dial won't be either. Dumb move 98.5... can you spell STUPIDITY???
You changed it alright... for the worse!
I left on vacation in December and when I returned no Lander. I am truly saddened as use to howl all the way to work- sometimes pulling over as I had to wipe my tears from laughing so hard. The replacement Kelley and Carson-are you kidding? They sound like a high school radio station. I hope Lander finds a new gig soon.
John Lander was so funny and upbeat. I really am going to miss his morning show and the new morning show is so boring...I won;t listen to Mix 98.5 anymore. What a stupid thing to do, but does that really surprise anyone since it seems that top management is stupid as well. Kiss 108 is awful. Matty is so depressing and has nothing positive to say. I don't like starting my day like that. Time to take out my cd's.
coming from san francisco where ALICE was the best show on 97.3, i was looking for my morning show here in boston. i found my station, 98.5, who played the Top 40 hits, and the morning show, Lander was horrible! his show was so lame! he added no wit, nothing funny, and just stated the obvious to every topic they talked about. i was so surprised at how BAD the show was! i mean really people - you found him FUNNY? what!? i now listen to NPR as boston has zero good morning radio shows. i listened to karson and kelly once, but they didn't grab me enough.
Can someone tell me where John Lander is.
I miss him greatly.
I really miss the old crew and have not gotten over it. I have tried to listen to Karsen and Kennedy and can tolerate Karson but can't stand Kennedy. She is way to overbearing and acts like she is in high school. She is too aggressive and needs to tone it down a lot.
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