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May 12, 2017 10:38 am  #1

Ryan Bonnar Leaves AM 640 On His Own Terms

Mike Stafford paid a brief tribute to his former producer Ryan Bonnar on Friday. Turns out it was his last day at AM 640 after 13 years. He’s apparently going to a marketing job.
You probably wouldn’t even know the name if Stafford hadn’t made him a big part of his show before Bonnar moved behind the glass to take over the new morning show. I always thought he treated him as sort of his version of Ricky Gervais’ whipping boy Karl Pilkington. But while not everyone here thought it was great radio, they definitely had an interesting rapport.
I have it on good authority that Bonnar used to occasionally contribute posts to this page under an assumed name and I hope he’ll continue to do that. He becomes one of the increasingly few radio or TV people to leave voluntarily these days. (As noted here recently, ESPN let 100 on air types go just a few weeks ago.)
Sadly, it’s becoming increasingly rare for those in the business to voluntarily go before they’re axed for the most odious term in modern-day commerce – “restructuring,” which generally means 'we realized we were paying you too much or you’re due for an increase so you’ve got to go now and we’ll hire someone cheaper or not replace you at all.'  
I wonder how many others are leaving broadcasting of their own accord? There’s that newscaster in Kitchener who departed to become a cop. And The Buffalo News has a story about a well known and well liked veteran TV news anchor who’s exiting Channel 2 to become, of all things, a G.M. of a local car dealership.
In the article, WGRZ’s Scott Levin talks about how much the industry has contracted and why leaving was a good option, despite the fact the station wanted him to stay. I’m guessing he’s one of an increasingly vanishing breed that gets to decide that on his own terms.


May 12, 2017 11:28 am  #2

Re: Ryan Bonnar Leaves AM 640 On His Own Terms

Ryan is a good guy .


May 12, 2017 1:30 pm  #3

Re: Ryan Bonnar Leaves AM 640 On His Own Terms

If it's true (and I have no doubt it is) that bean-counters are always looking to get rid of salaries, why do 640 (mornings) and 1010 (afternoons) continue to have 'co- hosts', when one should be able to do the job?  The tag-team approach does nothing to enhance either show.


May 12, 2017 3:03 pm  #4

Re: Ryan Bonnar Leaves AM 640 On His Own Terms

grilled.cheese wrote:

Ryan is a good guy .

I agree.  I always enjoyed listening to him.  Who knows, maybe he'll find part-time 'fill in' work elsewhere.  I hope so.  Radio is a helluva lot more fun that way anyway.


Madness takes its toll.  Please have exact change.

May 13, 2017 6:16 am  #5

Re: Ryan Bonnar Leaves AM 640 On His Own Terms

I got to leave on my own terms after a 20 year run. That was 14 years ago. Became an elementary teacher and now an administrator. Still miss the excitement of turning on a mic, but could see where things were headed. Still makes me sad when I hear of another purge. somewhere. Timing, as we know, is everything.