Former Husky will continue as sideline reporter for UW football games
Elise Woodward, a longtime on-air personality at KJR-AM sports radio, was fired from her midday show on Friday.
Woodward co-hosted the program “[email protected] with Elise and Jerry” with Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer. The program is in the midst of changing direction, with Brewer continuing the two-hour weekday segment from 10 a.m. to noon.
“We appreciate all the contributions that Elise did here during the time with us,” said Rich Moore, KJR’s program director. “We are going forward with a tentative show right now around Jerry Brewer.”
Woodward, who played basketball at Washington, started at KJR in 2002 and began hosting “Elise at Night” in 2008. She first moved to afternoons as a co-host with Mike Gastineau. When Gastineau retired in 2012, KJR moved to the “Elise and Jerry” format.
Woodward has been a sideline reporter for UW football games since 2003 and will remain in the position on KOMO. She is also expected to continue her position as color analyst for UW women’s basketball home games on 1150 AM KKNW.
Woodward declined to comment on the change. A source said the move surprised her and Brewer but Moore offered no explanation for the decision.
“I wasn’t given an explanation,” Woodward said Tuesday. “Things have changed significantly at KJR from when I started. We used to be the sports station that was the home of the Sonics, the Storm, and the Huskies and I was part of those broadcasts. Now the times have changed. The only thing I wish was that I had a chance to say goodbye to my listeners.”
Instead, Woodward expressed thanks to fans via her Twitter account, adding “KJR was great for me, but I believe the next chapter for (me) will be better.”
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I bet she was let go because KJR didn’t like it that KOMO radio now has the rights to Washington Huskies football games.