A few weeks ago, Sammy Allred was fired from KVET, where he and Bob Cole hosted the highest-rated morning radio show–the Sam & Bob Morning Call-In Show–for the past seventeen years. The show was famous for debating municipal issues facing the Austin City Council, and being frequented by both state and national politicians.

Sammy is the one the left

Just last year, Sam and Bob were honored by the Country Music Association as the “Large Market Broadcast Personalities of the Year.”

No doubt that Sammy was an irascible ol’ cud most of the time, but he was an Austin institution, and in an age where too many vestiges of Austin’s past are being bulldozed over to make way for Dallas imports, I–for one–am sad to see Sammy go.

Thx to Sammy for his decades of service to the City of Austin, and the Statesman