Dave Pratt "Set To Return" to Morning Radio

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Legendary Phoenix broadcaster Dave Pratt -- the "Morning Mayor" of Phoenix who built KUPD into a powerhouse in the 80s before working at a string of other big FM stations -- says his return to radio is imminent.

Pratt was bounced off the airwaves at KMLE, one of the Valley's twin titans of country radio, back in December 2008 as the station sought to save cash. At the time, there were two years left on his contract, meaning he got paid to sit on the sidelines so long as he didn't sign with a competitor.

Now Pratt, who has been cooling his heels writing a blog on azcentral and promoting his book in the meantime, sent out an e-mail dispatch saying, "our morning show is set to return."

"All along, my promise was that I would never leave you, and I would never leave Arizona," the e-mail said. "I also promised that our morning show would return at the conclusion of my CBS contract, which has finally ended. Well, a "Mayor" has to keep his promises right"

"Thanks to you, and thanks to the loyalty that you continue to give, we will share a very special announcement with all of the details very soon. "Dave Pratt Live." We are back baby!!"

Pratt now wants to hear from listeners. He's asking people to e-mail him (I won't share the address so he doesn't get spammed, but it's easy to find on www.davepratt.net.

"I personally want to hear from them. You have my word that I will personally respond to each one," he says. "Exciting times!"

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onemore.fakefbpage
onemore.fakefbpage

Saw Dave at the Kiss show in 1994 (?) at AWA. He was doing the public appearance thing out on the plaza - loud & entertaining. 

Then he saw a girl in a wheelchair, with the Ace makeup on. He stopped what he was doing, went over & spent a good 5 minutes squatted down next to her, just talking. Making a difference for her.

 He didn't have to do that & he was ignoring several hundred rowdies, while he did. But that's what good guys do.

He often had the chance to badmouth people & just didn't.

 Hope to hear him back on the radio soon.


Gdwr2
Gdwr2

Dave Pratt and the Sex machine Band, go!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ebsb52
Ebsb52

I'm a longtime KUPD listener and toward the end of the pratt era I would flip stations if that arrogant POS was talking. It was so about him and not the music, not the listeners. Pratt, if you're reading, I say this with no vex or animosity; you are all about your ego and you can't hide it. If you get a 2nd chance you have to find a way to be interesting w/o being boring or arrogant and I doubt you can do it, looks like you should go to school for a real job.

I laughed at how you would bag on country and the alternative stations, then ran to them for a job when KUPD tossed you. I was shocked when they hired you after talking all that crap about their station and their genre of music. Now you've exausted all avenues and KMLE even paid you to sit out to save them money? HUH, WTF???? They had to pay you and pay someone to sit in; how's that saving them money? Their listeners were so done with you that they had to toss you to avoid losing them, that's the truth. You're the equivalent of the person who has a face for radio, only you have the proverbial face and voice for radio.

TeaBagger33
TeaBagger33

I mean really & who gives a sh*t?? Mark Curtis owes dave pratt his left nut. If not for Pratt mark curtis wouldn't be sitting in the captains chair at channel 12. We all know that. But, does mark Curtis really want to jeopardize his "image" with the fine viewers of NBC and back Dave Pratt? Hell NO he doesnt. Bad enough he has to sit next to Lin Sue Cooney and remind himself everyday that her husband killed that person with his boat at Saguaro lake a couple years back and she got him off completely. No one wants his, has been, waste of air time azz poluting their airwaves and killing moral at their station anytime soon. If anyone ever actaully went to one of those Dave Pratt public events you saw who was there to see him. No one you wanted to be seen with or around I can assure you that. A bunch of drunken rednecks & even more drunk indians escaped off the reservation. The stations, ALL of them, realized Pratt wasn't worth the MILLIONS of dollars he was stealing from them with his tired show. Its been over 2 years now and we can all stand together and say out loud, "who freakin cares where Dave is at or if he ever does come back." He has always been Howard Sterns Bitch in the morning and then he was Tim & Willys Bitch. Now he's openly Mark Curtis' bitch begging him for a job. He didnt quit KUPD. He left with his crew because of what they all did during a surprise visit to a Kamp KDKB event one year. Hollywood Bob and Paul the Producer should ask the ladies to show some I.D. next time to verify their ages one could say. Just shows once again that Dave and his groupies that he drags station to station are all stand up people who you want on your payroll. I applaud KMLE for making the decision to sideline him for the reaminder of his contract. Even though it was a paid vacation for 2 years its better than having him and the boys dragging down your station with his watered down version of the Howard Stern show. By the way, I am a proud listener to Sirius satellite radio each and every day. NO commercials and NO Dave Pratt wanna be's. Just lots of music, talk radio or sports whenever I want it. I cant wait to see where Dave pops up at and for how long this time. Just like Van Halen told Diamond Davis Lee Roth.................. "Dave, GET THE PHUK OUT".

Misterandmissy
Misterandmissy

Dave Pratt is a common talentless thief working off the backs of talented musicians. He is a tired unoriginal act that has nothing to contribute. Personally, he has stabbed so many in the back trying to feed his ego, it is hard to see that anyone who actually knows him or his thin body of work - would consider it anything but pedestrian at best and would half to be a blindman to see any benefit of put him back on the air! He'll, who would advertise? As one contributor already mentioned, who listens to radio anymore? Maybe that would be a great place for Dave Pratt... His wife is probably tired of listening to him at home. Lets allow h to break this one promise to his listeners and grant him a hallpass to NOT go back on the air! We would be doing us all a favor - including Dave.

Anon
Anon

pratt is such a poser.

Dave B
Dave B

Radio? OH! Is that that thing that people used to listen to before iPods and MP3s? Is that even still around? Who knew?

Guest
Guest

I can think of no more appropriate personality to represent and entertain Arizona, a whole state of has-beens.

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Didn't notice he was gone
Didn't notice he was gone

In other "news," Corey Feldman made a movie that went straight to DVD.

After burning bridges at two local radio stations, Dave Pratt was recently paid his final check from KMLE and released from his gag. Now he pulled a favor from Mark Curtis in order to get his voice heard again. Will he regain his long-lost following, or will NBC12 and AZcentral be added to his burned bridge list? Did this experience humble him, or will he immediately be doing the dollar dance if he manages to regain popular public opinion in the Phoenix area?

His trademark wrinkles and acne scars were photoshopped out of of his book's picture. That looks nothing like him.

onemore.fakefbpage
onemore.fakefbpage

@TeaBagger33 - he was the ONLY DJ in the country going head to head with Stern & beating him.

Garetgrant1977
Garetgrant1977

wow! did you even read what garbage you wrote, dave pratt made kupd what is today and as far you novel you wrote who cares you dumbass redneck farm screwing piece of s**it go back to school and get a life

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

It's 'poseur', you stupid poseur...

teabagger33
teabagger33

Exactly Mike! I listen to Howard 100 & Howard 101 all day. Best $13 a month I have ever spent. Dave Pratt is a has been "turd in the punchbowl."

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Not me, Sirius all the way, no 'nonstop blocks of uninterrupted commercials' that last my entire commute!

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Dave didn't burn bridges at either. KUPD didn't want to pay him what he was worth after making the station what it was for 25 years, and KMLE didn't want to pay him, period.

Gdwr2
Gdwr2

Stern is an IDIOT.

ykw
ykw

"KMLE didn't want to pay him, period"

They wanted him so much that, rather than =avoid= paying him, they've spent more than two years paying him to stay the heck away.

The KUPD situation was a lot different, and not just about money. Pratt wanted to either have oodles of extra time off if he stayed on mornings or to be moved off morning drive entirely. KUPD, unsurprisingly, wanted its Morning Mayor on, well, mornings, and =every= morning at that. In the end, they made the only possible decision wrt their own interests, and it's hard to argue against their having made the right choice (particularly in choosing Pratt's successor).

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