Skip to comments.KSFO Relieves Me of My Job
Posted on 10/03/2005 8:18:38 AM PDT by yoeEdited on 10/03/2005 10:48:22 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
You may have heard that this Friday, September 30th I was suddenly relieved of my duties as the morning host of the "Lee Rodgers & Melanie Morgan Show" on KSFO 560 AM - San Francisco.
Needless to say this turn events has been quite shocking - especially given the fact that it was something I was not expecting.
Here's the details of what happened...
My contract with KSFO was set to expire on Friday. My agent had been in negotiations with the station manager of KSFO (an ABC owned and operated station). We had already worked out the 'big issues' - I had agreed to a very small increase in salary and did not have any major demands. I thought everything would be routine. During my time at KSFO we have emerged as one of the highest rated local radio programs in the nation. Certainly the station had to appreciate that!?!
But, for some reason, the negotiations hit a brick wall and I was asked to accept a number of bizarre compromises. My agent tried to work through the issues but I was told that for some reason the station was playing hardball. I was told on Thursday that Friday morning would be my last day of employment. I was to turn in my ABC card key that allowed me access to the building.
Given what happened recently to another prominent ABC radio talk show host (Michael Graham of WMAL-Washington D.C. was just fired from his job) I obviously have been quite uncertain about what my fate will be.
My agent and I have been in contact with the station management. Since I announced on the air on Friday that my employment with KSFO was over the station has been flooded with phone calls and emails. I am hopeful that in the coming week we can come to an agreement on the issues that remain. Until then I will be off the air.
What's important for all of you to know is that this will in NO WAY impact my position as Chair of Move America Forward.
In fact, if anything, I will now have even more time to devote to Move America Forward - and as I have expressed to you I am determined to grow MAF into the nation's largest grassroots organization.
I derive my satisfaction in talk radio from a passion I have for the issues that we discuss. Right now the war on terrorism and the support of our troops in Iraq & Afghanistan is the single most important issue that faces this nation, and I have such a strong love and respect for our soldiers and Marines... there isn't anything that will stop me from my work to support them.
I hope you will stand by me in continuing to support Move America Forward. There is much work that needs to be done. Somehow we have to grow this organization into a force that is powerful enough to counteract the negative anti-military message being espoused by the old line media monopoly.
We know our troops are winning the war. We know their cause is just. And its our job to convey that message to every American.
I will commit to you to work harder and with even more dedication to this cause, and I ask that you please do the same.
I've never accepted ONE CENT in compensation for my work with Move America Forward - nor has MAF's founder, Howard Kaloogian.
We have devoted all the money we've raised into the efforts we've pursued and this is how it shall remain.
To that end, I ask that you join with me to show the media, to show my former employers at ABC and to show the people of this nation that our voices will only grow louder - America can never cave to the anti-military crowd of Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore. We cannot back down one inch to the demands or the agenda of the terrorists.
Thank you for your support - both with Move America Forward and for the kind words so many of you have offered to me during these uncertain times with my professional career.
Your support gives me the inspiration to keep 'moving forward' and doing the work I feel must be done to support our troops and help preserve America's legacy as the last best hope for mankind.
Chair, Move America Forward
Getting canned when you least expect is all part of the radio biz. Believe me, I know.
I'm sorry for her, but no whining allowed aloud. That's just the business. If she's as good as she says she is, she'll get another gig in no time.
True....but something tells me we haven't heard the last of MM.
ABC has at least left WABC radio alone.
Isn't she still married to the owner/manager of KSFO?
Are we playing "Guess my name?"
Whiners should find someone that cares.
This stinks, does she have a freeper name?
Rush was fired several times too.
As a whine might go, that seems pretty tepid.
Thanks for posting this. Her absence was a mystery, and I'm glad she's gone on record. (FYI, I don't receive San Francisco radio, so I wasn't a regular listener.)
Shed have to explain that before Id consider this anything but SOP in Radio. When I worked in the area 8 years ago, KSFO was the most ultra conservative station imaginable.
Melanie is no Rush. She may be an activist, but as on-air talent, she was weak at best. She simply wasn't very bright and things flew right over her head on an all-too frequent basis. I suppose it didn't help that Lee is getting too old. They are all too part-time. The ex-weatherman guy has to do Mondays. He comes off as a wannabe. The traffic dude always has to try to cover for them and he isn't a strong enough personality. There is no consistency on the morning show. KSFO is probably gearing up to try to establish a true, reliable morning program.
KSFO's signal has become so weak here in the Monterey Bay area that I can barely listen to the morning show anymore. Without MM there's now no reason to even suffer through the weak signal. Firing her is insane; she and Lee were the main reason for the station's success. I predict that the station will fade back into their previous obscurity.
Farewell KSFO. I am no longer a listener.
Sometimes, all I can do is shake my head.
I didn't detect any whiny attitude in her statement. Lots of people were wondering what happened. She explained what happened.
She'll do fine.
Your contract was up, they did not want you back, if you are talented, get another job; don't look back, something better is ahead.
Its all part of the new democrat plan. If they can't win in the debate in the arena of ideas, they will simply silence the other side or make the other side illegal. Regain the MSM monopoly and power by any means, even if those means aren't democratic. But hey, to the dems its "fyuck the voters, if they were too stupid to vote for us, we will just make them irrelevant."
Friday, she said the contract talks had failed at the highest levels. I think that means at ABC, or maybe even at Walt Disney!!!
Melanie was the only reason I would tune in to KSFO for the morning commute. Now it will be the guys on 910.
I agree. And the reception of KNEW is much much better for me. Maybe they will pick her up. It would be a good move for them.
....My husband, a strong conservative, listens to her every morning on his way to work and says she's great!
Quite right. If my numbers went down, so did I(I worked in a larger market than SFO). When my numbers were good, everyone in station management loved me. Simple as that.
But you know, no matter how big or good you get, sooner or later, in broadcasting, especially in radio, you stand an excellent chance of getting the "bum's rush".
Nearly everyone, on air, that is, gets fired. It's show biz. That's just the way it is.
Send her out here to Kansas City to replace that horrid Darla Jay on 980, leading into Rush.
I've resorted to listening to Mancow (I can't get 710 and Tony Snow in my office for some reason).
See? There you go right there!
Thanks for your note.
Farewell KSFO. I am no longer a listener.
.. But how ya gonna listen to the Oakland Raiders on the radio in the Bay Area now? (ducks under the table)
KSFO bumps either David Gold and the Babe in the bunker off the air on weekends, too, fwiw.
"Friday, she said the contract talks had failed at the highest levels. I think that means at ABC, or maybe even at Walt Disney!!!"
So she was fired by Mickey Mouse and his goon, Goofy!
KSFO believes that they can be successful with a lib program instead.
Wonder if they will replace the show with the highly success Err Amerika show "The Morning Sedition" /sarcasm off
I don't like seeing my friend Melanie Morgan smacked around by anybody!!! She's done more good than most genuine conservatives I know of!!! I think she's under attack for countering Cindy Sheehan with this action and we need to help her by calling the KSFO "Comment Line" like Mrs. Wasp did last Friday!!!
Now... Get on it! Go to the KSFO.com website and get the number and CALL, NOW, PLEASE!!!
"I'm sorry for her, but no whining allowed aloud. "
I am not sorry for her. I couldn't care less but I didn't detect any whining. Shes off the air and explained why. She has a right to do that.
Now these geniuses kill the second place drive time morning show in the nation's third biggest market (up against a 50,000 watt regional news station).
They can now call themselves KRSH, because Rush is all they gots left. Right?
That's why I left radio. It is ALWAYS all screwed up and it doesn't matter who owns the station or the network. Sooner or later you'll get an idiot for a boss, and that will be the end of you. Why get up at 2:30 AM for that? Ugh.
Don't worry about Mel. She'll be just fine.
My wife was a news director for a radio station. I lived through all of this already.
Yup. It'll drive you crazy, and that's for sure.
The happiest people I've met in radio are the ones just leaving it. But then, you already know that.
Cheers, and thanks for you note!
"Getting canned when you least expect is all part of the radio biz. Believe me, I know. "
Yup, I too can testify to that!! One of the reasons I got out of "radio"-NO security. And, it didn't matter how popular you are/where.
No great loss....
Just my opinion.
Hopefully, MM will go to 910 and leave Lee at KSFO.
KSFO starts fading out here about 30 minutes before sunset, and about 5 miles north or east of here.
Melanie was a perfect "sidekick" for the real show host. Lee carried the show, but Lee has a predictable position and rant these days and as he has his fortune made he takes off one day eacy week. He will likely retire soon and the show will have to start over. (Since I already retired, I cannot throw stones, but it will be a while before the conservative movement finds new talent to compare with this trio.)
But with Melanie, the morning show gradually moved up until it took over first place in the SF Bay Area. (Imagine a conservative show being number one in that market and you will see how really good the show was.)
This is a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts and taken piecemeal the people each have drawbacks. It will not be as good a show without Mel. I have been listening on line since I left the Bay Area and hit the road. Trust me, there are very few conservative shows with the informational content and impact of Lee, Mel, and OV. And I am sad that ABC thinks they can do better. Much more likely a left wing "kill" signal went out when they realized they could punish Mel for her activist work.
You forgot the very shrill, irritating, fingernails-on-blackboard voice.
She was a hot little firecracker at one time though. Always had the story about how Ted Nugent pulled down her peasant blouse to get a gander at her jugs.
Then years later she told a story about another rock guy that *also* pulled down her peasant blouse to get a look at her jugs.
I started putting two and two together and wondered what she was doing prowling around braless in her peasant blouse seemed awful available and accommodating to me.
Another weird thing she has some younger kid named TJ or CJ or PJ or something. She used to talk about him all the time. He was probably 6 or 7 back then. But she also had a much older son probably 19 or 20 at that time. I dont know if he was from a previous marriage or was a doper or in prison or what, but she NEVER (or very rarely) even acknowledged that he exists.
Very interesting because she used to spend much time heaping praise on the younger kid but ignores the other. Whatever.
What happened to her murder-mystery she was investigating, I wonder
Right-tee-oh, Mr. Lee!
Old "Rah-Did-Dee-Oh" can be mighty frustrating - and alluring.
I am glad to be out of it. I wouldn't enter a studio again to work for a living without being armed - significantly armed.
Thanks for your note!
PS-"Next news at 8:30...newsbreaks as they happen."
Well see, I guess.
Of course, she could settle the whole issue of whether or not her being terminated was the result of ABC being liberals or her being a not-so-good talk radio host by telling us what these compromises were. The fact that she is not suggests that she was not fired for political reasons.
Huh? Is Melanie Morgan writing to her list of Move America Forward supporters whining? I wonder if you read her letter or just don't like Melanie? You're being way too critical of someone whose done a lot of good for issues that FReepers care about.
I read it and she was whining. Conservatives whine also you know.
If you think that KSFO can do a better job than Lee+Melanie+Officer Vic then I'd like to hear who you'd have in mind?
KNEW gets crushed in the mornings by KSFO. And it's because these 3 have a chemistry that is unreplaceable.
Morning Show (with Lee and Mel) on KSFO is their highest-rated program by far!
Any chance she'll go on Satellite Radio?
Since her husband (Jim Swanson) is the KSFO station manager, ABC knows that she can't make too many waves about being terminated for political reasons or he'll be canned as well. She'll probably do fine in syndication since she is such a hard worker and has developed so many conservative contacts, but she'll be missed in the Bay Area and California if she goes national.
The goods news is that they haven't wiped her off the KSFOradio.com website yet, so maybe the impass will be broken. She was fighting back tears on the show Friday morning explaining the situation. She's always had a tricky time negotiating new contracts with her husband being in management. In the past she was technically employed by the news service that KSFO used for their updates.
KSFO is the original Freeper radio station in the Bay Area. If Freepers don't support them they'll be slowly watered down to nothing by the ABCDisney people.