Saturday, May 10, 2008

A new job

Several years ago, my husband and I formed a company to provide consulting engineering services. Despite the lack of opportunity within the Toledo area, we found that many areas of the country are growing and expanding - and so did the business.

It is now to the point that it requires the full-time attention of both us. As a result, I have decided to leave my radio job as host of Eye On Toledo. I could do both jobs, but would not be able to do either of them well - and both of them deserve someone who gives them their full attention.

I am tremendously grateful to Brian Wilson and WSPD for giving me the opportunity, and for the advice and guidance which helped me do it well. I also appreciate the freedom to do as I wanted with the show, focusing on topics that interested me and allowing me to speak my mind even if it didn't quite agree with the other hosts.

All the people at WSPD and Clear Channel were great to work with - providing help, support and constructive criticism. This area is fortunate to have the voice they provide - and that's true even if you don't agree with the positions the talk shows take.

I have been asked to fill-in during vacations or other occasions and have agreed to do so when I can arrange my schedule accordingly. Right now, it looks like I'll be subbing for Fred LeFebvre when he goes on vacation around the Fourth of July time frame.

I will continue my column in the Toledo Free Press - and my blog, of course - as those can be done at any time, day or night.

I appreciate all who listened and participated in Eye On Toledo and I hope their participation will continue. Thank you!


navyvet said...

Hi Maggie,

Will really miss you on the dial. You and Fred and What's his face were a dynamic duo plus one. :)

Will stay in touch via TT's.

Best of luck going forward.

Jill said...

Good luck, Maggie!

Tim Higgins said...


It is an obvious loss to WSPD and Toledo that you are choosing to pursue these other opportunities, but it's nice to see a business growing in Toledo these days. I am sure that I speak for more than myself when I say that we are grateful that you will be continuing with the column and the blog, as well as filling in from time to time.

All the best on the expansion of the family business

Tami N. said...


Say it isn't so. I have really enjoyed your Eye on Toledo program. You have a great ability to dig deeper and ask the questions that need to be asked. You have also helped me develop a more critical eye on what is happening in our government. I am happy to hear that you will be maintaining this blog and your Free Press column. Thank you for all that you do!

Maggie Thurber said...

Thank you everyone!!!!

Jay Ott said...


Thank you so much for all you've done in such a short period of time--especially the education. Not only about how government actually works, but also how it's supposed to work.

You have challenged me about my own motivations and assumptions.

You have challenged me to rethink my positions in many areas sometimes causing me to abandon the erroneous ones.

You have helped me to retain the ones that are right and workable and how to distinquish between the essential and non-essential issues and principles.

Not only have you taught people how to think for themselves rather than 'towing the party line', but also to keep asking questions.

As a consquence I think I am better equipped to articulate and defend my views. Thanks for 'raising the bar.'

If only more people would go back to their logic/critical thinking textbooks, people might not be so easily mislead by our elected officials.

Last but not least, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to respond to my emails.

All the best to you and your husband,


Hooda Thunkit said...


Although I found it difficult to listen (time slot conflicts) often, I did when I could.

From what I've heard, both on your show and when filling in for Fred and Brian you WILL be missed (sniff).

Fortunately for us, we will not lose you totally, and this GOOD!

Take care, have fun and enjoy!


GraphicsGuy said...

GREAT! Before you, I NEVER listened to 'talk radio'. Now, you accompany me to/from Chicago once a week on my MP3 player.

Who is going to keep me awake now? It's scary waking up going 70mph

JMM said...


I'm happy for you but sad at the same time. I will miss your show greatly. Between you, Fred and Brian, you were my favorite!! You leave some big shoes to fill with your knowledge and digging up the facts. Hint - Brian/Fred! Good luck in your new adventure.

John M

Carol said...

Maggie - you were truly a bright spot on the air. You will be missed - greatly.

While I understand the demands of being self employed, that doesn't mean I'm not selfish enough to wish you had remained at WSPD. ;)

You are, and always have been, a very gracious, sensible and caring person. And with those traits ... you and yours will do well in anything you choose to tackle.

Best of luck, my friend. You know where to find me. Just find me often - breakfast is my favorite meal, ya know! :)

Brian Maxson said...

Thank you, Maggie Thurber.

For being the voice of reason, logic and common sense in Lucas County in some capacity for many years, I appreciated your endeavours.

I can only hope the success you'll achieve will enhance the paths you'll cross as you've done with the crossroads you've left behind.

Best Regards,


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