… then you’ll want to check out a 42-minute podcast that the dynamic radio duo recorded for the Christmas in the Northwest Web site. The podcast – which features show regulars Roy Otis, Officer Lee Groinman and others – will be in rotation with songs from the first 10 "Christmas in the Northwest" CDs, today through Sunday. Proceeds from the CDs benefit Children’s Hospital every year.
Robin Erickson and John Maynard were, of course, staples of Northwest radio for more than two decades on KQBZ-FM (100.7, currently KKWF-FM, the Wolf), KISW-FM (99.9), KZOK-FM (102.5) and the defunct KXRX-FM. But new management abruptly took them off of the Buzz in 2005 and their popular comedy variety show has not aired since.
"The guys who hired us left," Maynard recalled when I called him yesterday. "We were inherited (and) we were working with contracts. … They wanted us out."
Maynard also filled me in on what he and Erickson have been up to recently. He has done occasional work with KPLU. With Erickson, he recently organized a charity golf tournament to benefit City of Hope. And he’s done promotional work for Bastyr University that has him in the early stages of organizing a CD of artists that have recorded at the college (the likes of Dave Matthews.)
Erickson divides her time between Seattle and Montana, Maynard said, and she’s done freelance production work and voice-overs these last two years.
So what are the odds the pair will be back on Seattle’s airwaves any time soon? Not good, according to Maynard.
"I don’t think it’s gonna happen for a variety of reasons," Maynard said, citing their contracts as the biggest barrier. "They would have to pay a couple of older prima donnas … and pay them a lot of money."
Oh well. Maynard has at least enjoyed not having to get up at 4 a.m. But he doesn’t rule out the possibility that a deal could get done to pull him back into the game. “There could be a message on my phone right now,” he said.