Josh Venable is Out at KDGE

javles.jpg(Exclusive: Must credit me.) Just got off the phone with my friend Josh Venable. He went in for his regular employee review today at the station. When he got there, someone from HR was waiting for him. He immediately knew what they were about to tell him: His position at the station — where he’s been since he was 19 years old — was being eliminated. So he’s out. No more 10 p.m-2 a.m. shift. No more Adventure Club. I am too close to the situation to comment rationally, but I’ll tell you this: They made a mistake. I know it was a business decision, and I know station boss Duane Doherty would have liked to do just about anything else. But still, not good times.


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34 responses to “Josh Venable is Out at KDGE”

  1. hansford says:

    this is amazingly bad news.

  2. DA says:

    Cue Tom Petty’s “The Last DJ.”

    Best of luck to you, Josh.

  3. ROJ says:

    that blows. Dallas radio already sucked. Now it’s even worse.

  4. MD says:

    maybe now, he won’t be forced to feign excitement for the newest single from Seether. His knowledge is too deep and his passion is too pure for him to be unemployed for too long. Hopefully he can find a forum for continuing to introduce me to new bands (as he has done for many years as a Adventure Club listener). His Sunday show was literally the only time I listened to “The Edge”, so I can now officially remove the entire FM bandwidth from my radios.

  5. Melissa says:

    This is such an incredibly awful mistake. It’s just one in the latest ridiculous decisions made by that station.

  6. Zac Crain says:

    Forgot to mention: If you want to get in touch with Josh (especially if you have a job to offer him), here’s his new e-mail: joshvenable AT gmail DOT com.

  7. Rawlins says:

    Three things: One, Hate to hear this. Looks like bad change to me. Two, anyone who has ever had any real and varied career(s) success has lived through that ‘walk in and there’s the HR person and their ‘witness’ and the ‘job’s eliminated’ speech’. Three, those who have guts and drive and resiliancy live to thank God they were forced to seek new adventures. (This takes years, but no pain no gain.)

    Josh don’t doubt yourself. There’s a reason you’ve had a 2 decade run’.

    (PS>) Every HR maual says to NEVER do a ‘let go’ on Fridays, and the mothers ALWAY do it on a Friday.

  8. Duncan says:

    I’d like to think this would not have happened if Zac were mayor.

    Why don’t you use your contacts at 90.l to move the Adventure Club there? Then it has a platform to go National. It could help broaden demographics on NPR … this household would up its donation.

  9. Curtis says:

    Been listening since I was in High School. 15 years later, and I work at a High School and the kids are still listening to Venable. Or were until today.

  10. RT says:

    I don’t like listening to music on the radio and haven’t for years.

    However, his show was the exception. Always tuned in.

  11. Jesse Hughey says:

    This SUCKS. KDGE just threw away its one last shred of credibility.
    Josh, keep your head up. Can’t wait to hear you again on the airwaves. I know it won’t be long.

  12. Bree says:

    I agree with MD. This sux so bad. I can also officially take KDGE off of my listening lineup.

  13. Eva says:

    This stinks! Josh was an Icon for the Edge adn for Dallas Radio!!!
    one more reason NOT to listen!

  14. ym says:

    Please let us know what new position he finds (as he will, with ease) so I can keep listening to his show.

    I agree with the other commenters that his show was the only reason I’d been tuning into KDGE for a long time anyhow.

  15. Steve says:

    I guess even sunday night isn’t safe anymore…

  16. MD says:

    I just hope he doesn’t take his shrewd music cranium and ability to the Pacific Northwest to write video game reviews and half-heartedly run a “local” music blog. That would be almost as much of a shame as him turning into a dad/pseudo-politician/vigilante([email protected] donut shoppe anyone?)/glossy mag editor.
    Please Josh, don’t take the road more traveled. Please stay the course and keep shoving good music down our throats. If you disappear, I will long even more for Dallas’ turn-of-the century scene.
    I want my writers and DJs to have an opinion; just so I think they are idiots! Keep having an opinion. Please.

  17. md says:

    in short. Yes. But not directly to your fatherhood, or your inability to compete with a gazillionaire candidate, or your lady’s bizarre and undoubtedly criminal exchange, or your current gig at the “reviews are for sale” mag. It is simply one non-industry, music passionate observer’s yearning for the days of yesteryear when I could count of one of my single syllable local music writers to aim the guns of vitriol towards the deserving targets. Now no one takes down the Strangleweeds of the world. No one will keep telling me how great Ash and Supergrass are (even though they aren’t). No one is there to not only burn bridges, but detonate them with enough C-4 to make a terrorist jealous (this statement mainly pertains to the Seattle transplant).

    Note to the 60 plus, slick hair that owns this blog. Give these guys a mag to write about tunes, pop culture, and politics while targeting a

  18. md says:

    demographic that makes a little less than the $215K that this mag apparently requires for a subscription, and you have got yourself another successful piece to the portfolio.

    I am 31, not a writer, not in the music biz, not a subscriber, not impressed, and simply dying to get someone to appeal to me.
    I don’t understand the Trinity crap, don’t have an i-Phone, and don’t go to awards parties with themes. (Even though I have won a couple of your awards through my job!)

    Give us back a little vitriol.
    Give us a rag.

  19. jessica says:

    UGH!!! i am sooo upset about this mess. my best dfw perk to outsiders was how i cant live w out josh! but yes, i do agree that still josh has a great following and mad skills that will keep him from-as MD says “forced excitement for the new single from seether” right-o! you deserve and will do sooo much better in whatever your new ventures entail. thats it, im going totally xm. ill be watching for you josh-ee poo!

  20. DT says:


    The Adventure Club has not truly supported local music in quite some time.

    Ever since ClearChannel took over, you might get a little Feds or Black Tie Dynasty here and there, but its mostly all a playlist sent down from corporate, and a pretty crappy one at that.

    Let him go, he and his show have sucked for several years now.

  21. jj says:

    big deal. the adventure club is a terrible show and hardly worth preserving, especially in an era where there are lots of options for curious and/or rabid music fans to be surprised and elated by new and interesting music. the adventure club hasn’t been adventurous in a long time and if it’s considered even remotely special, it’s only because it’s part of a barren and depressing radio wasteland. anyhow, venable’s music taste was dull and his personality annoying. the last time the show was any good was when keven mcalester co-hosted. good riddance josh.

  22. Zac Crain says:

    MD: I’ll do my best to bring back the vitriol.

  23. Levi Weaver says:

    Please, God. Let Josh go to XM. preferably XMU or the Verge.

    And while you’re at it, lightning strikes or international money-laundering / insider trading scandals at the clearchannel corporate headquarters… that would be a nice bonus.


  24. Matt Riggle says:

    He’ll get something better.

  25. Karlakatza says:

    This sucks, I am so very upset! We will miss the best thing on the radio!!!

  26. Rob says:

    The Edge has a sad history of getting rid of or losing the DJs that made the station famous. George, Wendy, Alex, and now Josh. Like the other DJs of Edge past, Josh has been instrumental at turning me on to SO MANY bands that I am proud to have in my record, cd and mp3 collection. Josh, while it sucks now, you will eventually find out that ClearChannel did you a tremendous favor…They kicked you off a sinking ship. See you at Milo’s

  27. Rob says:

    If you want to let the Edge know how disappointed you are about Josh’s firing, contact their sales manager, Tracy M. Taylor, [email protected]. Seeing that it was a hard business for them to make, we can remind them it was an extremely poor business decision to make.

  28. John C says:

    I’ve been listening to the Advebture Club since 1994. Josh was brillant,funny and brought talent to the airwaves that nobody could do. My Sunday nights will never be the same.

  29. Zach says:

    This totally sucks . Josh was the only reason I really listened to the edge especially on sunday nights . He was my source for new music that no other station would play . Why would the edge do this ? Those corporate a-holes dont know sh——–t !!!!!!!111

  30. Pat says:

    How could the Edge possibly think that playing more of the same ‘non-alternative’ crap during that Sunday timeslot would be better than The Adventure Club? It’s mind-boggling. I’ve been listening to him since he started (and Gimarc before him). It was the only time that I truly listened to the radio. I have XM, but I still tuned in on Sunday nights.

  31. Annette says:

    This sucks. I miss the Adventure Club.

  32. Diane says:

    Very sad news…I listened to the Adventure Club religiously all throughout my high school years (the early 90’s) and even when I moved away from Dallas I kept an eye on his playlists because I knew I could count on Josh. He was extremely influential on my musical tastes and he will be sorely missed. I hope he will find a better home where he will be given the respect he deserves.

  33. Zack Venable says:

    Yeah, thats too bad, but I think everyone can agree this will only be a temporary stall in Josh’s life. A man with the talents and charisma that Josh possesses surly can not be kept down. With that; Josh, do what you do best, head down, stay strong, never give up or slow down.