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Ruth Seymour, longtime GM, distinctive voice of KCRW, is retiring

Ruth Seymour, the longtime general manager of public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9), announced today she is retiring after more than three decades on the job.

Familiar to listeners who hear her distinctive voice during pledge drives and on the program "The Politics of Culture," Seymour said in a news release that she is "leaving a station that is strong in its identity, a station like no other in the country."

Santa Monica College, which holds the station's license, expects to take several months to find a successor. Seymour will officially step down in February.

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I am pleased to read Ruth Seymour is leaving KCRW. I stopped supporting that station when she fired Joe Frank, who was the most entertaining figure on the radio waves. She has no sense of humor and has done much to harm the reputation of KCRW.

It's about time.

I have to agree with Dan McGuire-Seymour is a demagogue and has run the station as her personal fiefdom for way, way. way too long. There's been any number of boneheaded moves from her over the years that bug, but when she blathered in the pages of the NY Times about her inability to fathom the popularity of the brilliant "Which Way, L.A.?" and subsequent "To The Point" Warren Olney programs, I just couldn't believe the stupidity.
I suppose listeners should be "grateful" that she "allowed" the very few non-"eclectic"(aka rubber-stamp same) musical programs to remain on-air. That's the impression she gave, anyway.
I also recall one of her self-obsessed monologues about a recent trip to France, how the airport staff didn't snap to to her satisfaction; she pitched a fit and one french citizen muttered the word "couchon" within hearing of Queen Ruth. The infamy! What that had to do with us, KCRW or anyone not her was of no importance-her rant went on and on.
Finally KCRW can move on. Free at last!

In addition, having to listen to her talk was torture. She was always on the air. I dont know if she is a mouth breather or what, but she breathed into the microphone non-stop. Always had to turn the station when i heard that. She is too vain, self-indulgent, power hungry ( i mean, did she think she was the head of a movie studio?).

I for one will miss Ruth Seymour.

Will Lewis has been the behind-the-scenes programming wizard at KCRW for as long as I can remember. Ruth has the panache, and knows how to talk.

Will knows how to listen.

He's the one who pulled Chris Douridas' tape out of pile of discarded cassettes. And Ruth told me that, herself.

People have no idea about Will Lewis, because he's unassuming and lets others take the credit.

Listening is what makes a programmer great. Ruth knew who to listen to: Will.

And Will knows *what* to listen to.

The hiring gods will ignore this at their peril, and LA's, too.

I for one have enormous respect for Ruth. True, she is a powerhouse, a strong personality, an assertive woman in a (largely) man's world who has ruffled some feathers in the past but she is also a person of enduring convictions, integrity and loyalty. She's worked tirelessly for very little remuneration for years and years to make KCRW an important part of Southern California cultural/media scene. If the best her detractors can do is criticize her voice and her Brooklyn Jewish heritage - they seem to me to be very petty by comparison. Ave atque vale and good on you Ruth Seymour!

I--for one--will miss Ruth--KCRW was the only thing that made my "day job" as a USPS letter carrier worth enduring.
Disappointing that Ruth's "world view" for KCRW seems to be the ratings loser to KPCC's "local view".

And if I could say I listened to Ruth and Mitchell Harding read NEW YORK TIMES stories--cold--for a lunchtime show--on KCRW--(l980's)--that will date me--but I remember it fondly.


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