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The Buzz: Whatever happened to ... radio's Bill Sebastian?

Oct. 15, 2013
 
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Radio show host Bill Sebastian was let go from his WHBY morning spot at the end of March, but people have not forgotten him. They continue to ask for updates on his whereabouts.

“I don’t have any update for you,” Sebastian said by phone late last week. “I’ve had interesting conversations with employers, and I’ve had a couple express interest. I got close on a couple of deals, but we couldn’t agree on terms. If the right deal comes up tomorrow, I’ll take it. If it doesn’t come up for six months, I’m happy waiting.”

Sebastian said some temporary health issues sidelined him recently, so he’s not pushing it. At the same time, he wants to get back in the game.

“I consider myself semi-retired, but I don’t think it will stay that way,” he said.

Sebastian said he understands radio stations like their talk show hosts polarized, and he’s not that way.

“They want the air talent to be extremely conservative or extremely liberal. I think they’re wrong, but I know why they want it. It’s what has worked in the past for getting listeners. The notion that listeners or on-air people are going to be allowed to express themselves in a broad range of political expression is difficult for them to deal with. I think people are liberal on some things and conservative about other things. It doesn’t fit into their business model.”

Fans can reach him at wrfsebastian@yahoo.com. “I’m keeping all of those emails. I have more than a hundred,” he said. “When I find something else, I plan to tell all those people with a return email.”

— Maureen Wallenfang: 920-993-1000, ext. 287, or mwallenfang@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @wallenfang

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