KSME's Ryan Kramer Signs Off In Style
September 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM (PT)
When an on-air talent tells management they're leaving to take a new job, often times the last shift they did ends up being just that -- the last shift. Unless the person doing the telling is management, as was the case for CCM+E Top 40 KSME (96.1 KISS FM)/FT. COLLINS PD RYAN KRAMER, who exited the airwaves today in high style after a run lasting nearly nine years.
KRAMER took the opportunity to thank his loyal listeners and humored them with many stories - highlights of his tenure at the station. From introducing listeners to a then-unknown band called THE FRAY, getting into fights with co-workers while on a MEXICAN cruise, misplacing the station vehicle for two-and-a-half hours at an event (who among us hasn't?), witnessing WE THE KINGS' singer TRAVIS kick and shatter a hotel lamp (resulting in a mad dash for the door), KRAMER's love of DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, it was good fun, with some classic, long-unplayed tracks mixed in along the way.
Joined in the studio by APD/MD BIG ROB and midday host DREW CARPENTER, the show was capped by a surprise visit from former PD CHRIS KELLY. "You can't get the band back together without RINGO," he exclaimed as he walked in the studio to everyone's surprise. KELLY revealed how he almost didn't hire KRAMER upon hearing his aircheck (Hello, JAY SLIM), but after he submitted another, using KELLY's directions, the deal was sealed and a close friendship and working relationship began.
As the final hour was coming to an end, the station aired a montage of recorded comments of friends and former co-workers wishing him well and throwing good natured jabs his way -- played over the strains of BLACKSTREET's "No Diggity" and AVICII's "Wake Me Up." It was an entertaining trip down memory lane and now KRAMER is off to his new gig as APD/MD at CCM+E KHFI/AUSTIN. He begins 9/16. Good luck KRAMER!