If there's a party, Grady won't show

Jim Grady will be OK. "I've got three different job offers," the grand old man of Sonoma County radio told me.

But after 44 years as the morning voice of KSRO, he's entitled to feel dumped on by the bosses who want to add some spice to the a.m. show and don't see him in the mix.

Grady said it gripes him that the higher-ups didn't just look him in the eye and tell him it was time to move on. Instead, he said, they made him an insulting offer -- a one-hour midday show and a 60 percent cut in pay -- and now are telling the public how sad it is that he has decided to leave KSRO after all these years.

"I don't like the lies," he said. "They're trying to make me look like the guy who turned them down."

Grady might admit he's something of a dinosaur in the radio business. But KSRO owed a better exit to the guy who for 44 years remained his listeners' one live, local link to a station that relies ever more on syndicated programs and talk-show hosts from outside the county.

At 68, Grady hoped to stay on as morning anchor for two more years. He said that if KSRO goes ahead with plans for some big retirement bash following his last day on the air a week from Friday, he won't go.

Who could blame him?

UP AT STEWARTS POINT, Archer Richardson Jr. is preparing to retire from his longtime position behind the cash register at the 136-year-old Stewarts Point Store.

Arch was 6 when he made his first sale at his family's country store alongside Highway 1, just south of The Sea Ranch, 51 years ago. He hasn't spent every day of his life at the store, but he hasn't been away from it much since he took over the operation from his dad in 1986.

As he prepares to sign off, Arch is sharing some of the best questions that he's been asked by travelers on that isolated stretch of the Coast Highway. High on his Top 10 are:

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