Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dr. Drew Pinsky on Why He's Saying Goodbye to "Loveline" After 32 Years

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Dr. Drew Pinsky wasn't ready to give up the nationally syndicated radio show "Loveline," even though he hasn't been paid a salary in over a year.

But when co-host Mike Catherwood departed at the end of March, Pinsky knew it was time to finally pull the plug. After 32 years of dispensing relationship and health advice five nights a week, Pinsky will host the final episode of the call-in advice show on Thursday night.

"It's been strictly pro bono for a year, and virtually pro bono for two years," Pinsky said. The host agreed to eliminate his salary in order to keep the show alive. "I took a profit share, whatever was left over. And there was nothing. My feeling was that it was something I enjoyed, something I was deeply committed to."

Pinsky said he also valued, as he aged, the ability to keep his "hand on the pulse, hearing in real time what's going on with young people in this country. I would hear everything first. I'm going to really miss that, knowing what's going on in young people's lives today."

Still, after Catherwood exited last month, "it wasn’t clear that [Los Angeles flagship radio station] KROQ was terribly interested in continuing the program five days a week," he said. "I thought, rather than drive this thing into the ground, it was time."

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