published Friday, April 16th, 2010

Robert T. Nash off the air at WGOW-FM 102.3

Robert T. Nash, host of “Live & Local” on WGOW-FM 102.3, is no longer with the station, according to program director Bill Lockhart.

Mr. Lockhart said Friday afternoon that Mr. Nash had tendered his resignation.

“He did not leave on bad terms,” Mr. Lockhart said. “There was nothing at all in his job performance or any residual blowback from one of his shows.”

Reached at his home Friday afternoon, Mr. Nash said he was, in fact, fired Friday morning.

“I did not resign,” he said. “I hold great hope of working through these difficulties, which I became aware of only yesterday when they were brought to me by senior members of management of the Citadel Broadcast cluster.

“I thank you for your interest at this point in time. That is all I’d like to say.”

Mr. Lockhart said that Bob Moore will fill in during the 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday time slot on an interim basis and that the station has begun looking for a replacement.

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Salsa said...

LOL! About time!

April 16, 2010 at 7:12 p.m.
Jhenry said...

Robert T. Nash was the only interesting person on the FM side. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him even though I did not always agree with the man. 102.3 FM is now officially boring.

April 16, 2010 at 7:24 p.m.
RyeToast said...

I agree with Jhenry. R.T. Nash was the ONLY reason to listen to WGOW-FM. Guess I will have the hours of 1pm-4pm to listen to my new satellite radio. Thanks, Lockhart. You have made 102.3, totally obsolete.

April 16, 2010 at 8:02 p.m.
moonpie said...

While RTN was a continuous downer, whiner and bitter-gadfly, I will say that I tuned in during the afternoons.

Although, he never laid out coherent arguments to support his vague conspiracy theories regarding organizations like the Lyndhurst Foundation (never mind the Aquarium and the rivival of the city), I would listen always hopeful that he would actually say something more a hint of inuendo.

Meanwhile, he'd spout about "The Irish are the Ni--ers or Europe." (Referring to self while denegrating others - just yesterday, in fact.....)

"Sgt. Gerry Weary is a diversity hire." (Can't believe he could get away with that for so long.)

I think I listened more out of morbid curiosity, to see exactly what it took to get him canned. It was like watching a motorcycle wreck in slow motion as the gravel dug it's way under the skin of the victim. Only in this case, the wounds seemed self inflicted.

It will be interesting to learn, in time, what were the issues that led to his dismissal or encouragement to leave.

April 16, 2010 at 8:27 p.m.
Musicman375 said...


April 16, 2010 at 9:49 p.m.
Oz said...

Move Rush to the FM side.

April 16, 2010 at 10:03 p.m.
jrrosevols said...

NOOOOOO please not Rush.

April 16, 2010 at 11:19 p.m.
renegade887 said...

Citadel Broadcasting and Mr. Lockhart:

Thank you for your panzy corporate garbage and complete, utter disregard for authenticity and the diminishing concept of a genuine firm outspoken voice absent of the sugar coated, coushioned, feel-good type mentality that is rotting my generation away as we speak.

I sincerely hope whatever circumstances led to the dismissal resolve themselves aside from these walk-on-eggshells type policies and the talk monster doesn't lose one of it's most powerful, listenable and pertinent voices of Chattanooga.

April 16, 2010 at 11:33 p.m.
Arlo said...

RT Nash will be missed. He kept things mixed up and interesting. His show was what caused me to listen to the others. Now there is no reason to listen to WGOW. As RT searches for a new job, I'll be searching for a new station.

April 17, 2010 at 11:09 a.m.
kennybrown said...

WOW!, what a bold & decisive move on Lockhart's part [OOPS] I forgot to say Mister. May I ask if "Meester Lockhart" tried to persuade "R.T." to reconsider HIS (R.T.'s)DECISION to resign thereby giving "Mistah Bill some time to get his superiors to approve a counter-offer to "R.T." to double or triple his salary and still getting his talent under-valued.
PLEASE let me know the cost on a Photo of Mr. Big accepting R.T.'s Resignation. I believe I could market them so please advise if a Royalty would be due Citadel? But my personal copy would be placed on my Den wall , alongside the one of Truman accepting General MacArthur's p.s., will the last one out of the bldg. turn out the lights!

April 17, 2010 at 11:26 a.m.
wjames said...

I support the decision by Citadel to end its relationship with RTN. I find it interesting that most of the posts state that the station will be boring etc without him. To most listeners, it was radio theatre. I assume most of you never had a friend or family member, not to mention race or ethnicity, that suffered the unfounded attacks of RTN. I would rather the station fall into insignificance than to have another anti-semitic rant, or personal attack come from that area of the band. I hope that Robert T can take this transition in his life to move on to something more productive.

April 17, 2010 at 2:05 p.m.
renegade887 said...

I whole-heartedly pity the one who honestly believes the misconception that Robert T. Nash held his position at WGOW with, an "ANTISEMISIST" tone, (really now??) or RACIST hidden agenda for that matter. The whole accusation in itself is intellectually ignorant and simply another example of the 'camp-hug-me' type of irresponsibility and race-card toting arrogance that this generation is being sucked into by the inevitable fact that success in life requires hard work and sacrifice.

If you cannot tolerate fierce commentary, genuine discussion and debate on the course of progression for our local society without taking a naive personal offense, and reaching for that card in your pocket.. turn the station. Otherwise, i'm sure you can find a Lady Gaga CD at your local Walmart.

April 18, 2010 at 12:34 a.m.
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