Marty Riemer, long time West Seattle resident and well known broadcast personality celebrated his departure from radio at the Feedback Lounge on Thursday, Dec. 20. CLICK THE PHOTO ABOVE TO SEE MORE OR SEE THE GALLERY BELOW THE STORY.
SLIDESHOW: Marty Riemer celebrated his goodbye at the Feedback Lounge
Long time KMTT 103.7 FM announcer hangs up his radio headphones (for now)
With the words, "I'm sure our paths will cross again," and a spin of David Gray's "The one I love" Marty Riemer closed his career at KMTT 103.7 FM on Thursday, Dec. 20. He had recorded his last show earlier in the day and was already at a party for him at the Feedback Lounge.
Riemer has been down this road before, only the last time it was not by choice. That time he was escorted out by security guards.
This time he chose to simply move on, without a clear plan going forward. Riemer has operated his own company Twisted Scholar that produces educational DVD's and audio work but for now he's going to take it easy...and of course maintain his Friday 9:30am podcast from his West Seattle basement. His company is "on the verge of getting a contract with UW Medicine to do podcasts for them," and he will still do voice over work for Carter Subaru and West Seattle Coins.
His farewell party was attended by about 80 people, and was marked by a lot of laughter, hugs, and affirmations. There were zero tears.
His former producer Brian Muchinsky said, " He looks happier right now than I can remember seeing him in a very long time."
Jodi Brothers, his co-host for several years was there and rose to speak to the crowd. "This is a guy who is the best friend you could ever have in your life."
Brothers continued, "We're here to celebrate a man who saw the musical integrity of his workplace going downhill and said you know what? F--- you guys."
Later Brothers said, "Whatever Marty does is a good idea. He's brilliant in addition to being hilarious he really knows music and he knows what people want to hear. If he says it's time to go, it's time to go. But I guarantee you this isn't the last of the entertainment you will get from Marty." She explained that her time with Riemer at KMTT was "eye opening as to how the industry works."
Brothers, who now appears on KISW with Bob Rivers, plans to pop into Riemer's podcasts when she has vacation time.
Riemer handed out gifts to friends including some silver coins ("that's how they pay me") from West Seattle Coins for Brothers. "Things I don't need anymore." he said. Sara Liberator who has helped Riemer book guests for his podcast got a Roku Box, in fact Riemer's personal one. It's a streaming media device. His friend Brian Muchinsky went a group of albums by artists such as Bob Seger, Foreigner, BTO, Boston, Journey and Bad Company. "It's a mountain of classics," Riemer joked.
Riemer said, "I felt guilty to quit, because so many of you, came to our aid when we got fired. You stepped up and it made a difference. They had to do something."
He closed with, "Thank you for being there for me back then and for coming out now, and if you see me in West Seattle, kick me. That's what i would expect. Thank you very much."
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