February 20th, 2012
Chris Merrill

    After less than a year on the morning talk slot at KMBZ (98.1FM/980 am), Chris Merrill will be leaving to join San Diego’s KOGO, according to the radio site All Access.
   In March 2011 Merrill’s “Voice of Merrill” show replaced syndicated talker Glenn Beck’s show from 9-11 a.m. weekdays at Kansas City’s Entercom station.
     He will take over the 3-7 p.m. weekday slot at KOGO starting tomorrow (2/21), replacing veteran Bryan Suits at the Clear Channel station.
     Merrill came to Kansas City by way of Lawrence, KS, Arizona, Nebraska, Colorado and Michigan after studying theatre at Western Michigan University and Political Science at Fort Hayes State University.
    Sources have told Bottom Line that Merrill will continue to do his show from San Diego for the next four to six weeks while a search is conducted for his replacement.

21 Responses

  1. Bill says:

    I wonder if this has anything to do with Tom Becka’s new gig, which has yet to be announced.

    Too bad, I really enjoyed Chris.

    Has it really been 3 years? How time flies.

  2. Pat Carlson says:

    Merrill is uncouth and talentless. I say good riddance to bad rubbish!

  3. Gary Foster says:

    Dang! I had just really come to enjoy his show. I was not so much a fan at first but recently I gave him a listen and really liked him. I will miss him.

  4. Brian says:

    No big lost. Merrill was a hack.

  5. Tobin says:

    I don’t know if hack is the best word. But he was different than the rest of the KMBZ programming which placated to the majority. At least Chris got you thinking every once in awhile by playing devil’s advocate.

  6. Toby says:

    The only thinking Merrill provided was “why did I wait so long to change the station?”

  7. Lee Lacy says:

    We need to lobby for The Clark Howard Show to replace VOM. Clark is an Atlanta syndicated consumer advocate who gives great advice without endorsing anything. He was formerly on KCMO but that’s been 10 years ago.

  8. Karen Bayne says:

    Would love to see another psychologist or psychiatrist…but more like Dr. Saper than Dr. Laura.

  9. Jon says:

    Don’t let the door hit ya in the ass, Merril? It pained me KMBZ stooped to the level it did when hiring this jagoff.

  10. Joe says:

    Now I can stop having to change the station every time he started talking about inappropriate things that my kids didn’t need to hear. Not sure who the program director is but, the last two hires were apparently from the bottom of the barrel of morals. Hopefully, they will re-evaluate the woman in the afternoons. The conversation on that show always seems to turn to drinking or something to do with sex. Certainly not the same since Shanin left. Luckily, KCMO is now on both sides of the dial (103.7). I always prefer local, but if I wanted “shock talk”, I would listen to the morning zoo on the rock stations.

    • Vanessa says:

      Yes the third most listen to show in America is on the dnilcee .pshaw, right! So one miniscule blip shows a drop in ratings and the left throws a parade that would make Macy’s proud. You guys need a life, seriously.

  11. Bill says:

    I gave him 3 weeks when he first started on KMBZ and I changed the station at 9:06 each morning there after to something else and tuned back in at 11 for Rush. Glad he is gone.

  12. Mike says:

    I really enjoyed Chris Merril. He told the truth, and didn’t give in to this super conservative, narrow minded, suburb way of thinking that seems to constantly plague Kansas City. As much as I appreciated Mike Shanin’s insight regarding various topics, I think his replacement Dana Wright is awesome. She’s very well-rounded and balanced in here approach, unlike the majority of the KMBZ listeners.

  13. maryanne smith says:

    chris merrill sucked……..dana wright is a
    joke! she is pompous and self centered…

    sounds like two junior high kids bantering

  14. Brian says:

    Merill was great. Dana is fantastic too. The are commontators. It is entertainment based on politics and current events.

    They are actors playing a role and giving the public a place to lip off. It’s fantastic!

  15. Mike says:

    Very well put, Brian!

  16. Bo says:

    The new guy sucks too.

    Shanin left and was replaced with Self-Righteous Soccer mom.

    Poor Scott Parks…

    It was fun KMBZ… But your programming director is a moron.

    I went back to listening to satellite radio after being a loyal morning and drive time listener.

  17. John says:

    I’m glad he left. This guy was a disaster on the radio! I’ve never heard anyone so awful in my life. Whether one likes or hates Beck, I couldn’t believe KMBZ somehow thought that this guy was as good or better. What planet are they living on???


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  19. Alfred says:

    I’m in San Diego and Chris Meryl is the biggest waste of airtime in the history of talk radio. He has nothing useful to say but blaberish sarcastic BS. His jokes are horrible too. If you want him back, you can have him!

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