Slick Tom Tiberi
The original slicktom.com website was born on the 4th of July 2009 when I was laid off from my gig at 97 Rock, which I hosted for 12 years up until November 2008.( see buffalo news articles below) I have been back on the air at my old 97 Rock gig since October 2010. The reason I started this website when I was out of work so that I would always have place to voice my opinion on whatever topic, regardless of whether I was employed on terrestrial radio or not, a place where I could never be censored or silenced! I swore I would always keep this website going for those reasons. I apologize to my loyal friends and listeners for this past year. The original website had not been functioning for reasons out of my control. The good news is all that is history now! Welcome to the all new & improved Mach II version of WWW.SLICKTOM.COM Enjoy and feel free to share this link with a friend. Rock on!!
BY Stephen T. Watson – NEWS STAFF REPORTER
on October 26, 2010 – 12:01 AM – Original article
After two years off the air, “Slick Tom” is back on the radio at his old home at 97 Rock.
The veteran, gravelly voiced DJ returns to his 7 p.m. to midnight time slot on WGRF-FM 96.9 beginning tonight.
Tom Tiberi, who was laid off in November 2008 by Citadel Communications in a cost-cutting move, said he’s thrilled for the chance to return to the airwaves and do what he loves.
“I can’t wait — I really missed it,” he said Monday in between promotional appearances on 97 Rock and its sister station, 103.3 The Edge, adding, “I had almost given up hope.”
Tiberi, who is 49, had worked in radio for the better part of 30 years and had served as the night-shift DJ at 97 Rock for 12 years before he was laid off.
Citadel, which reorganized after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, replaced a number of night-shift DJs at its stations with prerecorded programming in an effort to save money, Tiberi said.
The last two years were difficult financially for Tiberi. He started a Web site, www.slicktom.com, and a daily podcast that gave him a forum to share his uncensored thoughts and interact with his fans.
In his very first podcast, from July 2009, Tiberi said he was glad to be free from “the corporate moguls, the corporate pigs, that rule what is now the vast wasteland of commercial radio.”
That doesn’t sound like the kind of place to which someone would want to return.
But Tiberi said he makes a distinction between the 97 Rock managers he likes and respects and the top Citadel muckety-mucks he believes are part of the industry’s problems.
“Well, you know, I’ve got to make a living,” Tiberi said with a laugh. “Let me tell you something — commercial radio has finally done something intelligent.”
The station received thousands of e-mails, phone calls and letters from Tiberi’s “ultra hard-core” fans after he was let go, said Citadel Buffalo general manager Chet Osadchey.
“In 20 years of being in this business, I’ve never seen a following like this,” said Osadchey, who added the station intended all along to bring back Tiberi as soon as it could.
Citadel’s financial situation has improved, Tiberi said, and an offer to return to his old full-time shift came earlier this month from 97 Rock program director John Hager and Osadchey. “I’m not making as much as I was before, but I’m back in the game,” Tiberi said.
He describes his show as “a talk show with music,” and he looks forward to calls from listeners and talking about football and news of the day.
“We think it’s going to be a smashing success,” said Osadchey, who said Tiberi’s return already is getting interest from advertisers.
Returning to 97 Rock on Monday morning, he said it seemed like he was just returning from a long weekend. The station even saved his sound effects and his settings on the control board.
“It felt like I never left,” Tiberi said. “I was joking: At least the Bills got better while I left.”
By Stephen T. Watson
NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Updated: July 08, 2009, 8:51 am
Published: July 08, 2009, 12:30 am
The computer made Slick Tom expendable, and now the same technology may help revitalize his career. The 97 Rock night-shift DJ with the instantly recognizable voice was laid off last year, replaced by prerecorded programming in a cost-cutting move by Citadel Communications.
Now, Slick Tom Tiberi of South Buffalo has launched a Web site, www.slicktom.com , and started a daily podcast featuring his thoughts on the day’s headlines, the world of music and whatever is annoying him right then. “It’s nice to be totally uncensored, totally free — free, free at last, thank God almighty, I’m free at last — from the corporate moguls, the corporate pigs, that rule what is now the vast wasteland of commercial radio,” said Slick Tom in his first podcast.
His Web site links to articles, movie clips and classic rock videos such as Dire Straits at Wembley Arena and bootleg Van Halen footage from 1977.
Tiberi also is selling Slick Tom swag—T-shirts and coffee mugs — and asking young women to send him provocative pictures of themselves.
“At the very least, it’s a hobby and it still keeps me active. It gives me my voice back,” Tiberi said in an interview.
He was laid off on Election Day after 12 years on the 7 p. m. to midnight shift for WGRF-FM.
He saw where commercial radio was heading in recent years—economic troubles, consolidated ownership and increased use of syndicated material — but he liked what he did, and losing his job was a real blow.
“I can’t say that I was really surprised, but I was still shocked,” Tiberi said.
He said he has received job offers for part-time work in radio, but nothing full time. He has had offers in other fields, but he isn’t ready to give up his career in radio just yet.
A chat with two laid-off radio station sales people at a bar gave Tiberi the idea to launch his Web site.
He initially wanted to stream music on the site, but opted not to because he thought the required royalty payments for the songs would be too expensive.
He decided to make his site more of a blog, with posts on topics ranging from our broken health care system to celebrity felons and the podcast at its core.
He hopes to carry over the conversation from his Facebook page, where Tiberi interacts with 1,400 friends and fans.
“In a way, there’s things I could do that I couldn’t do on the radio,” said Tiberi.
His commentaries do include more profanity than he was allowed to use at 97 Rock.
Tiberi said he’ll do a new podcast at least every day, and sometimes more than once a day, and he hopes to draw in enough listeners to attract advertisers and make money.
He may at some point go live with his broadcast and take calls from listeners, something he said he misses from his nights on the air.
“I loved my job. I miss my callers. I was kind of like a bartender, and I’d have this cast of characters call in every night,” Tiberi said.