Skip to comments.Barbara Simpson, conserv. Radio Talker FIRED from KSFO AM
Posted on 05/07/2014 2:09:09 PM PDT by lee martell
If you listen to terrestrial radio, and live in the San Francisco Bay Area, north of San Jose, you most likely have heard of KSFO AM. Last weekend, the managers of that radio station decided to fire weekend talk host Barbara Simpson suddenly and for most listeners shocklingly. Barbara was affiliated with that station for over nineteen years, since it's inception as a conservative leaning radio station. This was a few years after Rush Limbaugh show everyone that conservatives could appeal to a large portion of the population.
Some local blogs, such as richlieberman 415media have been flooded with posters going through various stages of blame, grief and disbelief. No one has heard anything from her since last Saturday, although her facebook page remains up. Why do I bring this up to those who have never heard of either Barbara or KSFO? Because this type of brutal, inglorious ending to a steller career is what is very possible these days in talk radio. The management wants talkers to use a PPM system, a pinging type system that counts listeners. It has largely replaced the older methods which were simliar to the Nielsen practice.
Today's managers also expect their talkers to respond to tweets, texts, and facebook likes. All the while remaining in compatibility with commercial breaks or earpiece whisperings from the engineer. I hope this is temporary, and Barbara finds a new spot soon. The bigger issue though is there are a lot of us who are over the select demo, 55 years or older. I can only hope someone finds a way to cater to out needs in merchandise and services without throwing talented people over the side like an old apple core.
KSFO has been especially hit since the Citadel days, when CEO Farid Suleman fired the late Lee Rodgers because Rodgers was getting too pointed in his commentary regarding CAIR, Islamic Jihad, and Muslims.
Ksfo is no longer on my listen list. After the way they treated Melanie Morgan and Lee Rodgers, the station owners/managers deserve the boot.
Hopefully another station will snatch her up soon.
Is this the Babe in the Bunker that I used to listen to when living in the Bay Area??? She was just a person of pure Common Sense.
She sought the truth, did her homework, and was opinionated—and was able to state her opinion in concise easy way to comprehend. She was never politically correct (using Marxist talking points, when I listened).
She is “dangerous”. Can’t have the Truth, today when people can articulate the points and use Reason and examples....They can’t be allowed to burst the bubble of perceptions, that the Left has worked so hard to construct.
Truth has a ring to it. Got to shut Christians up-—those who believe in Truth and Reason and can make cogent points.
is she the “babe in the bunker?”
Why what? Why did she get fired? If that was your question, I think it was mainly because she wanted to produce the show in her way, as she had done for almost twenty years. Barbara used to be an Anchorwoman on TV. She knows the media backwards and forwards, but still enjoyed it. She is a superb interviewer. She has often said, “I don’t like shows with a split screen mentality; one side screaming and hollering at the other side doing the same thing. In many ways, Barbara is the Thinking Conservative’s Conservative WITHOUT being boring in any way. Not an easy task.
ha! i just asked that same question... i say, yes—she is the babe in the bunker... loved listening to here when i lived in the Bay Area...
That piece - why she was fired, even speculatively - was critical for understanding the vanity.
Yes, Barbara is the Babe in the Bunker. By far the best interviewer I’ve heard on the radio, anywhere. This is outrageous!
Some postings of hers
More leftist “War on Women”.
Thanks for the postings, although I think she submitted that last article before being ousted. Still it was good to see some of her writings. Barbara was one of the few well known talkers or contributing writers to discuss the horror of learning about that Oregon hospital that was using the remains of aborted babies in order to light up there hallways. It’s a topic no one I know wants to think about, but we need to ponder it a little bit. How did this come to be in the first place? Did those who made the decision to use this type of fuel have a hidden agenda? It has to be made known so that we don’t repeat the mistake.
Bummer, I liked the babe in the bunker. The only good host left is Levin.
Thanks for posting. I noticed Barbara’s absence last weekend. KSFO is committing professional suicide. Looking forward to word from Barbara on where she lands!
Do you mean the Rich Lieberman blog posts?
I like most of Levin’s views but two things prevent me from keeping his show on for very long. #1. He’s petty, and has a mean streak. Mark will often go on a name-calling tangent, personally insulting anyone who disagrees with him. A little of that wise-guy attitude and cockiness is okay, but he relies on it. Mark has even called into his pal Hannity’s radio shows, trying to bait Sean into also slinging a couple of insults. It’s as though he’s talking to his little brother and says “If I don’t like or respect this person, then I want you too also dislike this person” #2. Mark has a harsh, nagging voice. What they used to call ‘like a fishwife’.
That’s what I like best about him.
me too. i love the way Levin puts liberals in their place when liberals call in and try their leftist talking points. it’s funny and entertaining lol
That piece of information
Wasn't she the Saturday night host for Art Bell for a number of years?
As interviewers go, she's probably #4 or 5 of talk show hosts whose interviews of authors actually "inspired" me to buy the book that was being promoted.
“Wasn’t she the Saturday night host for Art Bell for a number of years? “
Yes. She’s very intelligent AND knowledgeable. She can ‘bring it.’
George Snory apparently did not appreciate her abilities...
Barbara will go somewhere better, I hope, I hope, I hope...
Yes, Barbara did host Coast to Coast for a while, and was in the running to replace Art Bell in the last 90’s when he retired for the last time. If Art had anything to do with choosing his successor, it wouldn’t surprise me if Art did not think any woman host had enough ‘gravitas’ to host that show, so she was shut out.
Or it could have been that Noory’s easy going manner provided a sea change to the show’s format. A sea change so different than Art, that there would be no direct comparrison between the two. I could tell Barbara definitely loved talking about matters celestial, and probably still does to this day.
I suppose The Rabbi is next.Waking up at 5 am on Sunday is not so bad,but he was put at that time for a reason.
Thanks for that info.
I stopped listening to KSFO when Melanie went the 2nd time around.
Brian and Katie just don’t have it.
I listen to A&G or Glenn Beck.
Now I’ll tune KSRO,my old stomping ground up there in Santa Rosa.
I think you’re right unfortunately. They’ve been trying to shake that old Tom Cat off the branches for years, but he’s dug in deep. Won’t let go. When/if the Rabbi does go, I will miss him of course, and I will miss Hannah, one of his faithful callers. She’s a sweet New York Yenta who the Rabbi finally convinced to get a computer. It took him about two years of nagging and cajoling, but he did it. Now she loves her some Laptop time, can’t do without it.
I hope they spare Bob Tanenn the Happy Gardener for a while too. I like hearing about growing green things early on Sunday Morning. Bob’s wife is charming, and in her way, the antithesis of her husband. She is plain spoken and unadorned in her manner of speaking. I like that she plays the intro song done with acousitic guitar; “To Everything There Is A Season” by The Byrds.
I sincerely looked forward to her week-end show for 20 years almost. Suddenly she was gone. No word yet from her on her social media stuff.
She was fearless.
One thing that came to my mind is her exposure of the severe problems with the recently opened east section of the Bay Bridge -- final cost is estimated currently at 13 billion dollars -- tens (hundreds?) of millions more needed to fix the problems to avoid letting it collapse. The problems really could become that severe.
Some very powerful people in California government are at risk from the crisis -- the problems are not entirely Red China's but much of the steel came from there.
Melanie Morgan -- is on KSRO in Santa Rosa 6AM to 9AM Pacific Time.
I like the Rabbi a lot and am sometimes 20-50% conscious when he comes on. But I have to tell you, when Hannah comes on...her voice is like taking a Black and Decker drill and drilling into my left temple. I have to turn off the radio for her “segments”.
Yes, but I still don’t listen anymore. Even Mark Levine can’t get me to go back.
My mistake...I misread your post.
No, I didn’t know that.
I listen just to hear Hannah!
She makes me laugh and has such wise info to pass on to the “younger” crowd.
Oh my that is such a loss.I remember when some one called in one day and said they were going to pray for Obama and Barbara said”I will not pray for him”.I wouldn’t have prayed for Hitler if he was the President and I’m not praying for this guy either.”!!!
I’d like to share a drink and a chat with Barbara one day. I’m easy, I’ll bring Lambrusco or Moscato, some fresh Bagettes and smoked ham slices.
There are some unfair opinions here. I listened to Barbara off and on, I’m fairly liberal, and didn’t often agree with her, but she was (is) intelligent, and a good interviewer, she also did many shows that was not about politics, and they were often interesting. As for trying to destroy conservative radio, I doubt it, I think it is more a matter of destroying intelligent radio. There are still, in this area, many conservative hosts such as: Hannity, Levin, Savage, Beck, Tom Sullivan, Rush and few others. Uver the past year, those of us who are left leaning have lost Norm Goldman, Bill Press, Tom Hartman, and we are about to loose Randi Rhoades, before that we lost John Rothmann, Ray Talifaro, and the late great Gene Burns. Even with the few liberal host left, there are enough comments on blog (mostly Rich Lieberman) from conservative who is glad to see liberal hosts disappear. How sad that someone can’t tolerate a diversity of opinions, being it from the left or the right. Who wants to constantly listen to hosts they disagree with? Apparently quite a few.
Sad to hear that the Babe in the Bunker got canned. Her show was very entertaining and informative. One of the few listenable shows on the weekend.
Barbara has not been seen or heard from since Saturday, when ‘the roof fell’ in figuratively speaking. I hope she’s okay, but I think all will have become clear by this time next week if not sooner.
The only things I can still tolerate on that station w/o wanting to throw the radio out of my window would include Red Eye Radio at 10pm. This has nothing to do with the host of Red Eye on Fox TV. I’m tired of seeing Greg Gutfeld eight times a day anyway. The radio show features two guys bantering back and forth about events of the day. They are conservative without rubberstamping everything that happens to be called republican. Very entertaining.
Agreed. I love Red Eye Radio! For anyone who’s not heard them, it’s well worth a try. Here’s the link, with a “listen live” and free podcast reruns:
LOL! If you are in the market for a self assured, female, Jewish voice over to read the part of Golda Meir out talking/ outsmarting Arafat, or perhaps what I imagine Netanyahu’s Mother would have sounded like, Hannah would be your best bet.
I liked the babes closing. “Be careful what you pray for you may get it”.
Believe me, growing up I had plenty of aunts who spoke in *almost* such grating tones who weren’t afraid to let you know what was what, but there’s something about hearing it on my cheesy little am radio that just seems to make it an irritation concentrator. My radio must have a kvetch-pass filter.
You mentioned Hannity, Levin, Savage, Beck, Tom Sullivan, and Rush on the Right, and Norm Goldman, Bill Press, Tom Hartman, Randi Rhoades, John Rothmann, Ray Talifaro, and the late great Gene Burns on the Left.
What I saw was the intent to disconnect the listener from the genre by shutting down the local shows and replacing them with time-delayed syndicated national shows. Of the list you provided, on the KGO hosts (Rothmann, Talifaro, Burns) were local. On the Right, only Savage was local for a time.
Going back into the archives, I recall when KSFO was mostly local: Rodgers, Goeff Metcalf, Jim Eason, Michael Savage, Brian Wilson (remote but live), David Gold (remote but live).
Throughout the years, we saw other local shows shut down: Quinn and Rose, Fred Grandy, etc.
As a final thought, did you read the Lieberman blog post on the passing of Lee Rodgers? Did you compare that to the post on the passing of Gene Burns?
Re; Rich Lieb. Obituary on Lee Rodgers as compared to his Obit on Gene Burns; It’s been a while since both has passed. I completely enjoyed both men, as top drawer professionals and complex, sometimes tempermental human beings.
As much as I liked Lee, I was often taken aback by how rude he would be to Officer Vic. Lee would step on OV’s lines, spoil his punchlines with audible sighs and groans. Yet OV weathered the storm. Being your typical male, I personally could’nt have excised my own ego on a regular basis the way he did. The very best times were when the three All Stars; Lee Rodgers, Melanie Morgan and Officer Vic were working together. I guess Lee was the Dad, with Melanie
and OV being the ambitious scions serving as The Sourcerers Apprentice.
Part of it, I'm sure, is that Lee Rodgers was working remotely from his home in Arizona while the other two were in the studio in San Francisco.
Morgan was his protoge, and Tom Benner was the comedic sidekick - there to play guitar and make jokes. His name wasn't even on the title of the show. It was "The KSFO Morning Show with Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan."
It's tough to be the third wheel.
I can understand your comments about Ms Simpson.
I liked Duane Garrett and his show was the only one I called. I even listened to Ward from time to time.
Mainly I am referring to the failed network that was highly touted by MSM employees as taking on conservative head-to-head.
I found that I was simply listening to a repeat of news content whether the news came from top-of-the-hour or NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post.
Conservative talk is like the newspapers of old when cities had multiple newspapers representing various points of view.
True that the MSM news did not go far enough personally denouncing Reagan, Bush, Cheney. et al to suit liberal talk but essentially there was very little new on liberal talk that I had not already got from the MSM employees.
I don’t listen to him because of the “Mr. Producer” business. I find it to be cloying and obnoxious.