Radio icons Tim & Willy fired from KMLE Country 108; upbeat about future

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Yetta Gibson

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 27 at 2:32 PM

PHOENIX -- If you listen to KMLE Country 108, chances are you missed somebody -- three somebodies, actually -- Friday morning.

Valley radio icons Tim Hattrick and Willy D. Loon, along with Andrea Hiland, were fired just minutes after Thursday morning's show, told that the station was "going in a different direction."

That direction reportedly involves a bigger focus on music and less on personalities.

Wanting to find out what happened, so many people tried to visit their website -- TimandWilly.com -- that it crashed with a bandwidth exceeded error.

This isn't the first time, Tim and Willy have found themselves leaving KMLE. They originally worked for the station from 1993 to 1996. They returned in 2008 and have been happily doing their thing there for the last four years.

In between gigs at Camel, the two enjoyed a 10-year run at KNIX-FM.

Tim and Willy have been partners on the air for more than two decades, and they say no matter what, that will never change.

Yetta Gibson spoke to Tim, Willy and Andrea Thursday. The trio -- Andrea has been part of the team since 1997 -- holds no grudge against their former employers and were quite upbeat.

They said they're actually excited about what the future may hold. While they haven't decided what their next move will be, they said the Internet offers a variety of opportunities in a global market that holds all sorts of possibilities.

Jeramy Hubbard, the producer of the Tim and Willy Show, was also let go Thursday.

If you're worried about getting your Tim and Willy fix, don't. They fully intend to keep up with their fans through social media.

Facebook: Tim and Willy

Twitter: @timandwillyshow

 

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