Longtime radio personality Bob Miller Ñ a fixture on KEX's morning drive time for the past 25 years Ñ will leave the station next month to work the early shift at KPAM news radio.
Because of a six-month noncompete clause with KEX (1190 AM), however, Miller won't go on the air at KPAM (860 AM) until Dec. 1. His KEX contract expires in May.
Miller said he struggled with the job change.
'I'm an emotional wreck,' he said. 'I'm not leaving KEX with an ax to grind or because I'm mad at anyone.'
Miller said that Robert Pamplin, owner of KPAM and the Portland Tribune, 'offered me a new challenge. I get to do something new É and I get to play radio.'
Bill Minckler, KEX's regional vice president of programming, said Miller 'got a good offer from KPAM which we could not match. We wish him well. Obviously we'll miss him.'
It's too early to say who will replace him, Minckler said.
KPAM morning personality
Pete Schulberg said he's not leaving the station, but some time ago had requested a change of schedule from the 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. shift.
'It was a lifestyle decision,' he said. 'I didn't want to go to bed at 7 p.m. and get up at 2 a.m. I felt I was missing out on a lot.'
Miller, who would not reveal his salary or format, will be facing a much smaller listening audience. According to the fall 2002 Arbitron report, KEX's morning show from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. attracts 191,200 listeners, compared to KPAM's 67,000.
Media insiders estimate Miller's salary at several hundred thousand dollars.
KEX is one of five Portland radio stations owned by Clear Channel Communications of San Antonio, Texas.