‘The Drive’ ends abruptly for Steve Jaxon

Veteran Sonoma County radio broadcaster Steve Jaxon these past 20 months had a good thing going, a local and lively thing. But business is business and KSRO had to cut costs.

So Jaxon is gone. It’s a shame, his being laid off, because he used his three-hour afternoon show, “The Drive,” to air — along with an impressive lineup of comics and musicians and commentators — much discussion and debate on Sonoma County issues.

He was all set this week to have D.A. Stephan Passalacqua and challenger Jill Ravitch go head-to-head in the studio.

But longtime friend and fairly new KSRO station manager Kent Bjugstad broke the news to him early this week that three positions have to be cut and his is one of them.

“This broke my heart completely,” Jaxon said. “This (the KSRO show) was the greatest thing that ever happened to me in 37 years of radio.”

With his departure, the station’s Michelle Marques will host a shorter, more confined “The Drive.”

Jaxon said he’ll produce his syndicated “Swingin’ with Sinatra” show while beating the bushes for a new home-station for the radio show he loved. He lost the KSRO job but he’s still got the drive.

LUNCH WAS FULL-FILLING for ladies of the Royal Red Hats of Windsor, who can dine where they choose on their monthly outings but asked days ago to be served at the Panther Café.

It’s one of several businesses created and operated at Santa Rosa High by students in a bold vocational program for teens who aren’t wired for book-learning but love to work with their hands.

Normally, kids in the school-to-work program prepare lunches only for SRHS staffers, but they were pleased to set a table for alumna Dana May Casperson and her Red Hats friends.

The students fed them well and told them about their other businesses — they recycle, sell healthy treats, bake dog biscuits, do landscaping and detail cars. Some said they intend after graduating to open businesses of their own.

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