“THE NEW KBLX” SAYS GOODBYE TO BELOVED RADIO HOST KEVIN BROWN AFTER 22 YEARS

By Rayana  |  May 10th, 2012  |  Published in Featured, History, , , ,  |  62 Comments

Kevin Brown Replaced
The original KBLX morning crew

If you’re like me and most Bay Area natives, you’ve spent your early morning car rides listening to your “cousin” Kevin Brown and the rest of the Kevin Brown in the Morning crew on KBLX. Thanks to Kevin, Nikki Thomas, and Joe McConnell, our morning commute was full of news, laughter, and celebrity gossip. You also got the chance to sing along with R&B favorites like Luther Vandross, and the Bay’s own, Raphael Saadiq. The KBLX Morning crew definitely did become a part of many families; they were those cousins you didn’t mind hearing from at 6 o’clock in the morning.

Sadly, after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, KBLX was sold to Entercom. Along with that purchase came the firing of station director and morning host of 22 years “Cousin” Kevin Brown, who has been replaced by The Steve Harvey Show as of May 8th. Evening radio personality Antoine Davis was also released from “The New KBLX” and the music has shifted away from the old school soul we’ve become accustomed to from 102.9.

The Bay Area is and has always been about local support; when one of our own is making it, we all thrive. We loved Kevin Brown because he was familiar with the Bay and we could relate to him. The Steve Harvey Show is a generic broadcast from the east coast; it fails to speak to Bay Area residents in that same direct and personal way that Kevin Brown did which makes it hard to connect with.

And let’s not pretend that Steve Harvey isn’t a problematic replacement. Sure, we loved him when he was reality checking Romeo and Bullet Head while wearing Easter Pimp suits, but his real life persona has proved controversial. His patriarchal, homo-phobic and otherwise close-minded way of viewing the world won’t exactly be a welcome addition to the Bay Area’s intelligent and discerning listeners. If you’re unfamiliar with Steve Harvey’s sentiments on these issues, please refer to the video below.

Our mornings have changed drastically. We’ll no longer be able to call in and win tickets to Yoshi’s, The Razz Room, and other homegrown venues. Our cars and homes won’t be filled with Kevin, Nikki, and Joe’s laughter as they dish out the daily Hollywood Minute.

As of right now, these changes are hard to swallow, but hopefully, our cousin hasn’t been silenced for good.

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Responses

  1. Elvira Romo says:

    May 10th, 2012at 5:47 pm(#)

    I gave the new show an opportunity to show me if they can fill the shoes of Cuz’n brown. I listed for approximately 5 minutes and that was enough to make me delete the station from my programmed buttons. The warmth and closeness was gone. I felt I wasw in a different county listening to an unknown station.

    I truly miss Kevin Brown, he brought tears of laughter to my face every morning, and not to forget “tell your kids you love them every morning”, which I did!

    I sad-fully say good bye to the best station the bay area had to offer.

  2. Tracy McCray says:

    May 10th, 2012at 7:52 pm(#)

    Wow they let Cousin Kev go!!! That is the worst thing ever!!! Nikki Joe and Kevin made the mornings the best ever! Their laughter was infectious and it was the best laughter fest I have had in my car! Change is sometimes inevitable but Steve Harvey has nothing on Kevin Brown!!!

    I will miss the fearsome threesome and now will go to KISS FM 98.1 to listen to my music. Shame on the new owners for getting rid of my family!!

  3. singlesista says:

    May 10th, 2012at 8:13 pm(#)

    I do not like the Steve Harvey morning show. Too much talking and acting silly for 6 in the morning. I am too old for prank calls from “cousin tommy”. I don’t find that funny. Very great article!!!

  4. juanita downs says:

    May 10th, 2012at 8:53 pm(#)

    I love steve harvey I think he is very funny, and not bad on the eues! however no one, I said NO ONE! can take the place of kevin brown in the morning. I drive 60 miles to work each day and I enjoy his music and hearing him and niki and dave saragoza talking and having fun! after careful thinking and listening the “new steve harvey show I have decided to just listen to cd’s and not the radio. it is said that at least 50 people I know feel the same way. so I am no longer a kblx listener. good luck steve (you are going to need it!

  5. derric o says:

    May 10th, 2012at 10:47 pm(#)

    The new kblx morning show sucks! They need to bring Kevin back! Steve is so boring and does not bring any life to the show….I won’t be listening anymore.

  6. missy says:

    May 10th, 2012at 11:33 pm(#)

    Kblx please bring back Kevin Brown to the morning show,or aleast give somebody new a chance from the bay area. Kblx is the Bays home station,and im sorry but Steve voice or personality does not fit in. we the people prefer to keep kblx a bay station. BAY AREA SAYS NO TO STEVE HARVEY!!!!!

  7. dorothy says:

    May 10th, 2012at 11:53 pm(#)

    I miss Kevin Brown, Nikki Thomas and Joe Mcconnell all toghter. The three really made my driving to work fun. I normally drop my grandson off at school. He also enjoyed the morning talk show.The Hollywood minute, News, Monday morning call in “what should I do”. and we would have our own discussion on the topic. The New KBLX did a bad thing when they let Kevin brown go. Shame on them. Steve Harvey is too silly. I never liked his TV show and I don’t like him on KBLX he does not fit.

  8. june says:

    May 11th, 2012at 12:20 am(#)

    I don’t care for the New KBLX -

  9. Barbara says:

    May 11th, 2012at 3:57 am(#)

    I think that Steve guy is just way too slick. He thinks he’s pretty slick, too. I feel sorry for Nikki, she just sounds so different now. And no Joe either :o( Does anyone know where Kevin is now? First they mess up KGO and now KBLX, I wonder what station will be ruined next?

  10. M Brown says:

    May 11th, 2012at 4:39 am(#)

    I am personally offended by Entercom’s changes to KBLX, as a consumer (ex-listener) and as a woman of color. The reason is that Entercom failed to identify what the local Bay Area listening community wanted before it changed not only the morning line-up, but the music and programming as well. As a woman of color, I’m offended because Entercom assumes we’re all alike, in that all African American’s like Steve Harvey? I find that replacement empty of genuine talent and humor and dismally void of any real intelligence. Kevin, Nikky and Joe brought what really matters to our hectic mornings – genuine culture, fun, connectedness and cleverness.

  11. Jacquelyn says:

    May 11th, 2012at 5:11 am(#)

    I agree with everything said. I will no longer be listening to KBLX in the morning. I want entertainment that is relative to where I live. I never won a prize but I enjoyed listening to listeners who did. My whole morning routine was built around the timing of Kevin’s morning schedule. If I got in my car before the Hollywood update, I was on time. I feel lost!

  12. Pamela says:

    May 11th, 2012at 6:55 am(#)

    The new KBLX should be called the worst KBLX, the morning show with Steve Harvey is just awful, no one wants to hear anyone acting inmature and silly first thing in the morning
    The Steve Harvey show is not a fit for the Bay Area, and the decision makers who had the bright idea to change the format should change it back to what it was, and bring Kevin Brown back………….when you fired Kevin you also fired tons of loyal listeners and I am one of them I have been a loyal listener for 20 years and this is the worst thing that Entercom could have done. Buying the station is one thing but ruining the station is another. And hopefully they will be smart and bring Kevin Brown back ASAP until then we will no longer listen to the now worst KBLX…………

  13. Coolhand Luke says:

    May 11th, 2012at 7:11 am(#)

    Thank you all for chiming in. I also want to add another facet of this story. Based on insider info, it sounds like the reason that Kevin Brown was let go had less to do with the morning show and more to do with his performance as a station director. Evidently KBLX’s ratings have been in the toilet, which affected advertising, which led to the bankruptcy. So I understand from a business perspective that perhaps Kevin wasn’t doing an amazing job adjusting, but why couldn’t he be relieved of his station director duties and keep the morning show?

    Change is necessary sometimes, but if the goal is to net more listeners to get more ad revenue, then it looks like they’re working backwards here. I miss my old school jams and familiar voices.

  14. Dee Ligon says:

    May 11th, 2012at 4:43 pm(#)

    I have tried the Steve Harvey morning show and I don’t like it. I miss Kevin, Nikki and Joe, together they made mornings enjoyable. I can not get onboard with the new morning show and am saddened by the fact that I will no longer be a KBLX listener.

  15. Samantha Jackson says:

    May 12th, 2012at 2:02 am(#)

    Let us remember that once a black station (format) is bought by WHITEs, their idea of a “diverse format” is catering to white, latinos and asians! They don’t believe a format that is primarily black has any weight! They don’t believe OUR music is listened to by ALL AMERICANS! But that is the problem with WHITE AMERICA!!!!! They think they know best! They believe we have NO power and are not worthy of focus! 2012 is only a few steps past 1970! Remember, when there were no stations that had black music. Or there were stations that had our music on late at night so as not to offend their white listeners! Y’all remember that, right? The only way to fight this subtle racism is to show the white “majority” that our voice can make a difference. I’m, just saying… Turn to 98.1 and listen to old school until they make decisions that don’t exclude black folks. BTW, there should be NO problem having Steve AND Cousin Kev on the same channel. Is there some kind of limit to how many blacks can be on a channel or what? Now that’s my 2 cents. I’m deleting 102.9 from my presets for the time being… 98.1: Here I come! But of course, what you do is totally up to you!

  16. Geri says:

    May 12th, 2012at 5:36 pm(#)

    gbye kblx i was a listener since 1988. Looking for a new soul station good luck!

  17. CD says:

    May 14th, 2012at 2:57 am(#)

    I agree with all the responses. Not even the traffic updates are kept. Sad, sad. I am too, changed to another radio station. There is absolutely no spark to this new program.

  18. FMC says:

    May 14th, 2012at 4:06 am(#)

    I have been listening to KBLX for 15 years. I looked forward to getting in my car and listening to Kevin, Nikki & Joe. i loved the fact that it was family oriented and no cursing. They made me laugh as I sat in commuter traffic. I heard about the change and decided to give the new show a chance. Well I did- I HATE IT! It is disgusting with vulger language. I don’t think they are funny at all. I don’t like this type of music. I won’t listen to it anymore. Please bring Kevin, Nikki and Joe back!

  19. Vinnie says:

    May 14th, 2012at 5:40 pm(#)

    This is what happens when I leave town for a few weeks. The New KBLX is a DISASTER! I listened to Steve Harvey, who I thought would do a credible job, and found him to be unprepared and not even funny. I’ve seen him on segments on TV (giving love advice to the women about men) where he was very good and funny. He, also, was good on “Family Fued”. However, he’s “stinko” on this radio show. A woman wrote in about her boyfriend and all Harvey did was to read the letter back, one sentence at a time, without contributing any thoughts or humor to it. I also think the New KBLX music is terrible. Sorry to see “my cousin Kevin” go. He was the “glue” that appealed to the listener. I’ve been a listener since the station first began. I listened to Clifford Brown, Jr. and to Stevie Collins. I guess it’s time for me to go, also.

  20. George says:

    May 14th, 2012at 7:42 pm(#)

    Why Steve Harvey ?Iam amazed of all the talented DJS Inthe world and your choice was Steve.He seems like to be a good comedian and a good games how host but in the 5 minutes that I indured
    He will never be a GOODmorning host to start off our day it sounds like Sunday morning gospel show and he just isn’t that entertaining.Steve my brother stick to what you know PLEASE BRING KEVIN BACK HE CAN’T BE REPLACED

  21. Ruth says:

    May 14th, 2012at 10:02 pm(#)

    Kevin, Nikki & Joe go together. They are a team and and the Kevin Brown morning show worked when they were together and on the air. Don’t get me wrong, I love Steve Harvey as a commedian but I do not feel apart of the show because he is talking to listeners in other states around the country. He is out of touch with the San Francisco Bay Area. With Kevin, Nikki & Joe, there is a sense of community because they are relating and relaying what is going on in and around the Bay Area. WE NEED THE KEVIN BROWN MORNING SHOW BACK WITH KEVIN, NIKKI AND JOE. I have turned away from KBLX and is searching for another station because KBLX is no longer relevant to the Bay Area in its new format.

  22. Singer says:

    May 14th, 2012at 10:25 pm(#)

    I hate the new morning show – PLEASE BRING THE OLD CREW BACK

  23. Cinde says:

    May 15th, 2012at 1:40 am(#)

    I have been listening from Utah to Cousin Brown for the last 15 years and all through my work day…I now listen to CD’s and my MP3 as I really hate the new format and Miss Cousin Brown, Nikki & Joe. I lived in the bay area years ago and still have family there who have also stopped listening Steve Harvey is ok BUT NOT ON THE RADIO in my beloved San Francisco and the ol skool R & B….I think the new owner’s made a serious mistake and will soon be off the air if they don’t come back to the Real World.

  24. Bizzy says:

    May 15th, 2012at 4:04 am(#)

    I tuned in this morning all of 5 minutes, and steve was reading an email from a women whom commented on the family feud show.After reading the email, her told the lady that he did not need her as a fan, and her black ass better not ever send he an email again. I am very upset that KBLX has choosen him for the morning show.Kevin Brown would have never,ever ever done nothing like that.

  25. A.G. Gift says:

    May 15th, 2012at 9:25 am(#)

    Wow, I couldn’t believe it when they took off cousin, Kevin Brown
    and Joe. They kept Nikki, but it’s not the same. I feel like a lot of the other writers, if you are going to make a change and you still want us to listen and support your station, get our opinions and don’t try to shove what you think we want, down our throats. Bay Area listeners are pretty savvy and you can’t just push anything on us. I listened to Steve Harvey’s show, but that’s not our flow in the morning during the Bay Area commute. Good music, genuine laughter, and folks who feel like family is what we like. Well that’s not there anymore and so I don’t listen to KBLX anymore.
    I hope they read some of these responses and see what the people really want. Blessings to Kevin, Joe and Nikki. Stay up Bay Area family, another change is gonna come and it has to be better than this. In the meantime, I will listen to 98.1

  26. Karen says:

    May 15th, 2012at 4:43 pm(#)

    I have given the new KBLX a chance, I don’t like it. I don’t laugh anymore on the way to work. Bring the old crew back!

  27. La Honda Geter says:

    May 15th, 2012at 5:35 pm(#)

    Kevin Brown, Joe and Nikki were the team that made the show. Unfortunately Steve Harvey and his cast of characters cannot fill any of their shoes. Because the show filed bankruptcy was no reason to replace the staff. Kevin needs to be brought back. I’ve been listening and trying to find something about the new team I liked but I haven’t found anything, thus far. I will either find another station and/or begin listening to the news. What a shame. You’ve ruined a good show. lg

  28. Delena says:

    May 15th, 2012at 8:15 pm(#)

    The new KBLX Kind of reminds me of old college radio. After listening since 1993 I am moving on. In support of Nikki Thomas, I really-really tried to give Steve Harvey a solid chance. By the second day I became offended that my 14 year old son was in the car listening. This is no longer a wholesome family and BAY AREA focused morning radio show…it is vulgar and biased. I may agree with Steve’s opinions on some issues but I don’t look forward to those opinions being shared on the radio. In order to control what my child hears before he goes to school…WE will no longer listen to the new KBLX. I think it sucks. Nikki sounds like she is working from the janitors closet in a remote city and there are too many “funky-disco” music breaks between segments.

  29. Kyle says:

    May 15th, 2012at 9:22 pm(#)

    Kevin, Nikki and Joe were as important to my mornings as coffee. They created a meaningful, human environment with real people who understand the Bay Area.

    I miss the old team. I want them back.

    Steve Harvey is an unique personality and has his moments, but not for what I’d come to expect from KBLX, my favorite station of all time.

    Please reunite the old team.

  30. Greg says:

    May 16th, 2012at 5:05 am(#)

    Like others, I feel the Kevin Brown morning show and the “old KBLX” connected with folk in the Bay Area. I was glad that KBLX was one of the few minority owned radio stations around, but now it sounds as if things have changed (in the morning most definetely). I wish I knew what radio station Kevin was on now because I know he’d be just as funny. He’d have to bring Nikki and Joe because no one did battle of the sexes, battle of the ages, and the weekend song quite the way they did! May Entercom learn something from this besides dollars and cents. Unlikely, but there is still hope.

  31. Kathie says:

    May 16th, 2012at 5:24 am(#)

    I looked forward every morning listening to Kevin, Nikki and Joe. I don’t know what made the new powers that be think the Steve Harvey Show would work. It doesnt. They’re not funny or entertaining. Kevin, Nikki and Joe were a family and all about the Bay Area.
    You have also lost me as a listener. Bring our “old KBLX back”

  32. Cathleen Payne says:

    May 16th, 2012at 4:42 pm(#)

    I truly love Steve Harvey as a comedian/actor, only, nothing else. I was used to hearing Kevin announce the time of day in two ways: “6:15 and 15 after 6.” No more of that. No more weather, traffic or Hollywood gossip which I heard around 6:37 a.m. No more funny news that I heard around 6:23. No more interaction between Kevin, Nikki and Joe. No more sarcastic humor. I’ve changed stations. I can understand selling the station due to financial problems, but to change something that isn’t “broken” makes no sense. First KKSF, now KBLX. It’s like the baby boomers have been tossed to the curb for what?? Who listens to big band and who is going to listen to KBLX after this major change? I’m used to a certain format, which I truly enjoyed. I will miss Kevin, Nikki and Joe tremendously.

  33. Deb says:

    May 16th, 2012at 5:35 pm(#)

    As a comedian/actor Steve Harvey is Okay. He is nothing like Kevin brown and I no longer listen to the KBLX from 6-10am. Please bring back Kevin, Nikki and Joe. I need my laughs on the way to work.

  34. bob g-man says:

    May 16th, 2012at 7:27 pm(#)

    WOW!!!! WHAT A MISTAKE TO LET KEVIN BROWN AND THE CREW GO.THE NEW OWNER HAS MADE AMISTAKE AND SHOULD BRING THE MORNING CREW BACK. THE KEVIN BROWN SHOW HAD MORE WARMTH AND WAS DOWN TO EARTH.PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!!!!THEY WERE GOOD!!!

  35. Danielle says:

    May 16th, 2012at 9:48 pm(#)

    I have listed to KBLX virtually my entire life. I brought both of my adult children up on KBLX. I and my children now consider ourselves former listeners of KBLX. I am broken hearted that the only station “We” as black people had here in the Bay Area that represented the last stand of classic R&B has gone the way of the almighty corporate dollar just like everything and anything of quality for black folks, historically. I can’t believe but then again, I guess I can that KBLX would sell to a company that would change the direction of the programming from the beautiful, endearing, uplifting, and saving grace of classic R&B to this raggedy, ignorant, purposely misleading, genre they call music today. If you don’t give the people anything else but what you think we want, then we’ll never know we want anything else. KMEL did it and now, here come KBLX with the okey-doke. One-two punch. How do you know that we want to listen to Usher and Alicia Keys? That’s cool but I can listen to them on KMEL. I’d rather hear the Spinners, DeBarge, Jeffrey Osbourn, Aretha Franklin, the O’Jays, Michael Jackson….good music to feed my spirit and intellect. Chasing the almighty sponsorship dollar is what I’m told targets the 20-40 yr old demographic but don’t forget, some of us are thinking individuals who might not want that Denali or that Sleeptrain bed because you force feed the announcements to us all day every day. Some of us want and require real music for the sake of real music for the sake of living! But I digress.

    This is just an example of yet another purposeful dismantling of the black America. Anything or anyone that would contribute to our enlightenment is bought out, shot out, written out, and taken away. We are force fed music that the majority of us don’t want to hear. Didn’t anybody hip you to that? We are force fed negative images of ourselves on television and in every single medium. We are constantly and still auctioned off like the days of old and America wonders why the monster is loose. “We” no longer control our music, our image, our finances, or our education and until “we” take control over our “image” and say no more, we will constantly subject ourselves to the force fed corporate and American agenda until we are completely wiped out of the history books and from the face of America. We built America. It is our music and our likeness that American loves to hate but cannot do without and we willingly laydown for the steamroller. Have mercy.

    Well today, my former friends, I say no more. I will not eat from your spoon. You will not force feed me and spoil my household with ignorant musical programming direction. I know better and I’m not the only one. If you wanted to promote the Steve Harvey show here on the west coast, then you should have chosen another station with the same target demographics and killed two birds with one stone….we’d then at least had some variety here in the Bay Area which we’ve so desperately needed. Those of us who didn’t want to listen to KMEL listed to KBLX and then talk radio for political interest. Now, what do we have? Nothing. So now, I guess I should start up a campaign to round up Cousin Kevin and a good music director and programmer to see if we can somehow get real music back on the air cuz we need it like we need air. I think most corporations and governments know that about us. But then isn’t that the agenda, to suffocate us? Thanks for nothing.
    *rant end*

  36. Andrea says:

    May 16th, 2012at 10:05 pm(#)

    I so miss the KBLX morning show! As Cathleen Paynes says, Steve Harvey is an actor/comedian not a radio show host. I am so disappointed in the new KBLX and no longer listen to the morning show. I miss Kevin, Joe and Kimmie. They were they hilarious and their chemistry was the absolute best! I hope the powers that be will read and react accordingly! I now dread my morning commute!!!!!!!!!! So so sad!

  37. Bonnie says:

    May 17th, 2012at 12:37 am(#)

    This news is so disappointing. I loved the morning show. Kevin Brown is not only funny, I found him to be very sensitive. The show was great and cannot be replaced by any cast. This is very very sad news.

  38. Oakland Native says:

    May 17th, 2012at 2:10 am(#)

    The Steve Harvey Show is very country and the vibe is not connected to the Bay Area at all. It is annoying to hear about someone’s birthday in Texas, Atlanta or Detroit, no connection what so ever. To much mumble jumble conversations and everyone speaking at the same time.

    So to the New R&B KBLX Organization, you might want to find Kevin Brown and bring him back home quick because the Bay is missing him our who has class and personality.

  39. Meg says:

    May 17th, 2012at 3:51 am(#)

    I will no longer listen to KBLX. Kevin and the crew made my morning commute a happy one. I’d rush my kids into the truck every morning, so I could tune into their show. The new format sucks and I cannot stand Steve Harvey. What a bore!!! I hope Kevin Brown ends up somewhere local, so I can tune into his new station. BRING Kevin and Joe back, my Nikki sounds depressed, as I am.

  40. Kathi says:

    May 17th, 2012at 3:53 am(#)

    I too an changing the dial. I haven’t heard much
    music on the morning drive, if I wanted a talk show I’d find one more to my liking. I agree with most of the post above. Steve Harvey is not a good fit for Bay Area listeners. I sooooo miss the team of Kevin, Nikki & Joe.
    Cousin Kevin PLEASE come back to us. Thanks for all the
    wonderful morning drives. You are Truly Missed!

  41. harryo says:

    May 17th, 2012at 3:14 pm(#)

    A few points. Some of the posters have implied that low ratings at KBLX resulted in the bankruptcy that resulted in Steve Harvey being brought in. Not true. KBLX was one of about20 stations owned by Inner City Broadcasting, which went bankrupt because of outstanding loans linked to the subprime scandal. KBLX was sold as part of the bankruptcy sale; all of the other stations were sold to another company and KBLX was the only station sold to Entercom.

    It’s been two weeks since Harvey been on KBLX and there’s been no improvement. KBLX is violating the number one rule of morning radio, which is to provide traffic reports. Beside’s Nikki’s too brief newscasts, there’s none of the local interaction that KBLX’s new owners promised. Finally the calls last week about the President’s announcement on sam sex marriage were very against the President’s statement since all the call were from the South/East/Midwest. Calls from California, and particularly the Bay Area would have added a different point of view but Pacific/Mountain time zone couldn’t call in because Harvey is on tape delay in the West.

  42. LL says:

    May 17th, 2012at 3:37 pm(#)

    In a word, the “new” KBLX….SUCKS!! No more Cousin Kevin, Nikki or Catfish McConnell on Fridays!! Really!. On top of that the gospel sunday programming has been reduced..WRONG, so WRONG. Sunday afternoons,no more Ole School Sundays from 2pm – 6pm. What the heck were you thinking?

    I understand business and I understand companies being sold and structures changing, but couldn’t you have changed it ever so slightly as not to uproot our radio history.

    WE WANT Cousin KEVIN and the crew BACK!

    This is what I think about the Steve Harvey Morning show….do you hear the crickets?

  43. Loyce says:

    May 17th, 2012at 4:01 pm(#)

    I am changing the dial also. The Steve Harvey is not a good fit for Bay Area listeners. Not enough class!! I am so-o-o-o-o missing the Kevin Brown show ! I am not adverse to change but the Steve Harvey show is ridiculous!! Today’s award – Best Auto Detailing location – was a Florida enterprise. I don’t think that information is beneficial to anyone in the Bay Area.

  44. pamela228 says:

    May 17th, 2012at 4:55 pm(#)

    I am still so very saddened and disgusted over this change. I removed KBLX from my programmed stations on May 1st and refuse to listen to the new programming. 98.1 is okay, and I like Raynell, but it’s just not the same, and I’m getting a bit tired & frustrated with having to channel surf to try to find decent music to listen to. I miss having Cuz Kev be part of my morning routine. I truly hope that he re-enters the broadcast arena on another local station… SOON! I agree that the Kev-Nikki-Joe on-air relationship was somethin’ special and it’s crazy that Entercom thinks Steve Harvey can replace that!!! CUZ KEV… WHERE R U???

  45. Susan says:

    May 17th, 2012at 4:59 pm(#)

    I agree with most of the responses. The new show sucks. I am also going to delete KBLX from my favorites at work. Not worth listening to. Nikki and Kevin were good together. They fed on each other. I am so sorry management made a bad decision and I am sure it is money related. What a shame.

  46. Sandra Bernabe says:

    May 18th, 2012at 4:48 am(#)

    I have been trying to wrap my ears around the new morning show . . but the truth is its horrible!! No offense to Steve Harvey (you are a great comedian) but I dont want to hear you in the morning. I miss Cousin Kevin and I miss his laugh and hearing Nikki and the morning gossip and the dumb bunny and Doctor Love, the over 30 and under 30 and hearing James Brown sing “This is a man’s world”. No more Razz room or Tommy T’s . .nothing from the Bay area. Steve Harvey and his entourage arent funny nor do they keep me involved or make me laugh. At work I dont even listen to KBLX until after 10 am anymore. (Deep Sigh) Where can I listen to cousin Kevin in the morning???? Please bring him back!!!!

  47. Bruce says:

    May 18th, 2012at 5:25 am(#)

    the “new KBLX” is absolutely horrible. Kevin and Co. ALWAYS brought the laughs in the mornings.

    Entercom, you ALL need to make an exit. You killed a Bay Area staple with a stale formula.

    BTW, your station is no longer on my preset dial. YOU’RE FIRED!

  48. Diane says:

    May 18th, 2012at 4:13 pm(#)

    I really thought Steve was going to do a good job and was looking forward to the new KBLX. I must say after listening to the new KBLX morning show I was disgusted!!!! I have been a faithfull listner for many many years and now I have deleted the station…and welcome Kiss FM. KEVIN BROWN I LOVE YOU AND YOU’RE MISSED MORE THAN YOU EVER KNOW!!!!!!!!!

  49. carl says:

    May 18th, 2012at 6:23 pm(#)

    you are only hurting a great radio station, what you will lose over the next few months and or years can’t be replaced…..THINK

  50. Renaye Brown says:

    May 18th, 2012at 11:58 pm(#)

    Steve Harvey is “ok”, but I really don’t like his religious overtones. I had the radio on and had to double check that I wasn’t listening on a Sunday. This “new” KBLX is bloodless and cold. Don’t like it. Haven’t listened to it for a while now. Won’t as long as I have to get preached at.

  51. Robert Smith says:

    May 19th, 2012at 8:19 pm(#)

    I will never listen to KBLX again, we need local talent, not somebody from New York who has no understanding of the Bay Area. I feel like I lost a family member, I miss the Old KBLX, it is still hard not to have it especially in the morning. I don’t even want to go to the Stone Soul Picnic now that they have fired Kevin Brown, bring Kevin and Joe back with Nicki, it is the best morning show and I will not listen to KBLX until they bring Kevin back

  52. lboogie20e says:

    May 20th, 2012at 12:48 am(#)

    …Everything in the ‘Bay’ is local. Cousin Kev’ is family, he knew us and we knew him. I was shocked and saddened to learn of the latest developments. The KBLX experience was part of my daily life for the past 15 yrs. Kev’, Nikki and Joe…you all are the best…it will never be the same. I wish there was something we could have done before all of this happened…we had no idea. All of my friends feel the same way…sorry to say that the new morning show will fail…we are not connected to the ‘new’ format or the DJ’s.

  53. KP says:

    May 20th, 2012at 5:48 am(#)

    My sentiments as all the others. I was really upset with he loss of KKSF, but with Cousin Kev gone, it cannot compare.. Steve Harvy’s show will never hold a candle to what we had. I’m sorry but I hate the Steve Harvy show! Nothing against Steve, they need to go.. Not one person I have spoken to has had anything good to say about the new show. Please bring Kevin Brown back in the morning.

    I just channel surf in the mornings now. The New KBLX is not even an option for me, period. IT SUCKS!!! BRING KEVIN back! I’m so sadden and disgusted.

  54. Wayne Arceneaux says:

    May 21st, 2012at 2:33 am(#)

    I have lived in Sacramento for most of my life. I relished listening to KBLX when ever I was in the Bay Area. Sacramento has always lagged the bay with music and culture. The jazz station in the Bay Area is now gone. Now KBLX is basically gone with this new format. This is a tragedy. The only real old school station left in northern Cali was KBLX and the Kevin Brown show was an institution.

  55. Stephanie Lumpkin says:

    May 21st, 2012at 3:54 am(#)

    men i like Steve but he is no Kevin and i have been trying to give it a chance and enough is enough please stop tormenting the bay area we need the morning show back ,and butterfly oh please that’s some bull

  56. Ettevy says:

    May 21st, 2012at 1:43 pm(#)

    I am so glad I didn’t purchase Stone Soul tickents. I will not be a part of anything that Kblx is part of. Steve Harvey, your morning show sucks. KBLX SUCKS!!!

  57. darryl says:

    May 21st, 2012at 4:30 pm(#)

    i’m done !!! will never listen to KBLX again. or attend any of their events. this move shows just how out of touch the “new” people are with the local audience.

  58. kathleen says:

    May 21st, 2012at 9:11 pm(#)

    OMG! You got to be kidding me, cuz n Kevin is gone? Every morning I would turn on the radion 6:10 a.m. to listen and heard this horrible person (now known to me as Steve Harvey). His voice is NOT radio friendly. I was so hoping that cuz n Kev was on a lengthy vacation. Deleting KBLX station from my radio.

  59. gayle says:

    May 22nd, 2012at 2:04 am(#)

    I agree 100% with all the comments. This new format does not work for the Bay Area or us old school gals and guy’s who still appreciate grown folks music. There is also a subtle racism that a white owned company comes to town and offers a “black folks” format based on their narrow, distant view. Kevin, Nicki, and Joe were like peanut butter and jelly. This new joe is oil and vinegar that does not go down well.

  60. Margaret says:

    May 22nd, 2012at 6:50 am(#)

    I listened to the new format this morning. Steve just kept talking and talking and I remembered saying just shut up! If your not doing a interview or Im listening to talk radio, there needs to be more music. And a east coast show?!?!?

    They lost a listener in me and the new morning show, it wont last till the end of the year. We dont do syndicated shows here in the Bay.

  61. Kay says:

    May 23rd, 2012at 5:48 am(#)

    Steve Harvey is just not funny 6am in the morning,we have no outlet of what’s happening in Bay area.I miss the daily Hollywood minutes shananigans.Only Cuzin Kev can talk about those reality shows and put laughter in your belly during the early mornin drives well,well,well .Nikki Thomas does not do KBLX good alone,she doesnt even sound the same,too fake for me.I want local DJS on the radio,put Harvey on after midnight while i sleep.

  62. Chyna says:

    May 23rd, 2012at 5:54 pm(#)

    I read and understand everyone’s point of view, but I would like to be diplomatic. Kevin Brown, and his team did a fabulous job, however doing fabulous does not bring in money. It is too bad that money is always the focus, but I also understand that in order for a company to survive the business has to make money. With that being said.” The producers should have (if they did not) pulled Kevin to the said,” and let him know that he need to bring it or it’s over. This may have been done I don’t know, as well as no one knows what goes on behind the seen.
    I said all that to say this, let support our men and women of color, don’t give the media what that are looking for, which is typically black down playing, blacks! That is typically what sales. Yes, I am sadden that the Kevin Brown is off the air, but I am willing to give Steve Harvey and his crew a chance, if I don’t like them, hey I will turn the station, but at no certain terms will I allow the media to take what I put publically on the web, the power to say Blacks don’t support Black. I will keep my opinions to myself. If we stand together, there is no division, when we cut down one another, the gap forms, leaving outsiders to come in and take over. Look what happened!
    Just for the record, I love the Steve Harvey Morning show, and I love Kevin Brown morning show. I pray that he will find another station that appreciate what he has to offer.

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