It’s been a few days now, but word continues to spread about Brad Barton’s shocking layoff from Dallas/Fort Worth News/Talk CBS radio station KRLD (1080AM).
The longtime meteorologist/news anchor/morning news host is among the most trusted names in Dallas/Fort Worth media and his unceremonious termination is still sending shock waves across North Texas, as you can read in the comment section of the previous post. Brad and I have been in touch quite a bit these past few days. I worry about him and Brenda more than he knows and having just been through the “your position has been eliminated” axing myself, I can bet I know exactly what he’s going through right now. But he is a man of extraordinarily strong faith with a family equally as strong and those two things matter more to him than any job could have ever mattered.
Here, once again, Brad gives us an update on what life has been like the past few days, seeing all of the comments on not only this blog, but the various others in the area:
“Wow. I feel like Jimmy Stewart at the end of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ “the richest man in town.”
I can’t thank Carla enough for setting a match to this little firestorm as only she can. I never realized I had so many friends and not just listeners, of course, with friends like Carla and Don, you don’t need many others. ;}
The public comments here and in the media blogs have been kind beyond measure and almost all positive. One negative was a former radio announcer who liked “my predecessor” better. My most recent predecessor (several years ago) was Mark Watkins who co-anchored mornings with none other than Carla Marion. As a former radio announcer myself, I can say Mark’s combination of voice, script delivery and recall puts him among the elite talents in broadcasting. If I were in charge of finding network talent for a new national network, Mark Watkins would be the first one I called. Compare him to any of the current radio network anchors and he’s already in the top ten percent. I’ve been Mark’s supervisor, trainer and co-worker but I’m happiest just to be his friend. I hope we can get together next week. If the former radio announcer was referring to “my predecessor” in the KRLD Weather Center, there was none. I started it from scratch on a borrowed desk with an HP 386 in the “wire room” of KRLD. Maybe I’ll write a book.
And to hear from David Conner and remember his great family was an extraordinary treat. I hope we can meet again soon. I finally broke down and put up a Facebook page to keep from sponging off Carla, but I warn you, I’m just a neophyte.”
Keep those comments coming, I know it means the world to Brad and Brenda.