"...I bid you a very heartfelt 'good night'."
After 13 years, hundreds of episodes, and more amazing moments than I could ever hope to count or remember, The Rick Emerson Show (as well as Legion of News) came to an end on Friday, January 27th, 2012. (I made the official announcement on January 2nd; to hear a longer, fuller, more “uh”-filled version of the below, check out the full episode in the archives.)
There was no precipitating incident, no "one" reason for this decision; after 25 years in broadcasting, I was simply ready for a change. I weighed the choice a great deal in the preceding months, and didn't come to it lightly; the support and loyalty of the audience (especially since our re-launch in 2010) are things I've never taken for granted; coupled with the incredible dedication of our cast, crew, and sponsors, it made for a batch of very mixed emotions (to put it mildly).*
There are, at present, no plans to "replace" The Rick Emerson Show with another program; while it's certainly possible that other content will emerge from the ENN master facility, we frankly lack the brainpower to think that far ahead; whatever happens (or doesn't happen) on that front is unrelated to this situation.
However: ENN will continue as the structural underpinning of Funemployment Radio; Rick Emerson Show listeners are grandfathered in, with no need to change any of their subscription info, allowing for an ongoing, daily infusion of neurotic hostility and "ball" jokes. Should an annual RES subscriber wish to cancel, we'll refund the remaining portion of your payment, no questions asked.
In addition to Funemployment Radio, a bountiful bevy of binary broadcasters remains to service your every nerd need: The Cort & Fatboy Show, Geek in the City Radio, Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider, and many, many more. If you haven't listened to all of these fine folks already, do so...you'll be glad you did.
There are many details I haven't touched on, but doing so would turn this into a nineteen-page missive; the January 2012 RES episodes provide a fairly good overview of the entire situation; additionally, check the archives for the special FAQ-themed broadcast of January 25th – it addresses many of the main queries about the whole thing.
I thank you for your longstanding adherence and zeal; it has truly meant the world.
*One question we got several times (in various forms) was, “What if we paid 64 cents [or some similar amount] per day? Would that change things?” To be clear: this was not a financial issue. We were very, very fortunate to have a dedicated and supportive audience. Twitter can’t make money, yet we were profitable – go figure.