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KSFO Relieves Me of My Job
Movwe America Forward ^ | October 3, 2005 | Melanie Morgan

Posted on 10/03/2005 8:18:38 AM PDT by yoe

Edited on 10/03/2005 10:48:22 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Dear Friends:

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.

Sincerely Yours,

Melanie Morgan
Chair, Move America Forward
http://www.MoveAmericaForward.org


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abc; melaniemorgan; moveamericaforward; supporttroopsweekend
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To: Who dat?

In her prior life, she had a gambling problem. There was even a made for tv moview about it. Anyway, she got straight at GA and has been a solid conservative since.

I am curious because her husband Jack iis/was the program manager at KSFO. Not sure what is going on there.


51 posted on 10/03/2005 9:39:35 AM PDT by Hayzo
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To: Who dat?

In her prior life, she had a gambling problem. There was even a made for tv moview about it. Anyway, she got straight at GA and has been a solid conservative since.

I am curious because her husband Jack iis/was the program manager at KSFO. Not sure what is going on there.


52 posted on 10/03/2005 9:39:42 AM PDT by Hayzo
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To: ravinson

OOPS. "Jim Swanson" should be "Jack Swanson".


53 posted on 10/03/2005 9:40:51 AM PDT by ravinson
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To: dersepp
"What a brilliant bunch of business people running KSFO.First they lose Savage to an upstart KNEW and become also also rans in 17-20th place in evening drive time. 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?"

I think this post above says it all!

54 posted on 10/03/2005 9:42:22 AM PDT by Impeach98
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To: yoe

Today it was Barbara Simpson and the news reader guy with no Officer Vick or Brian Sussman, ( Lee is off on Mondays) I wonder if there was a display of sympathy for Melanie?


55 posted on 10/03/2005 9:45:20 AM PDT by tertiary01 (For every Act of God, the Libs will demand a human sacrifice.)
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To: Varmint Al
"Barbara Simpson and some guy were on this morning on The Lee Rodgers & Melanie Morgan Show were so boring I fell asleep trying to listen"

Yes, indeed. I wrote the same thing in reply to someone on another thread who suggested they replace Mel with Barbara Simson. Barbara might be fine for a weekend show when there isn't much going on, and there isn't much else in political talk to listen to... but to get your day going in the Morning she was awful (in my opinion).

Maybe she was just nervous, but I got SO BORED listening to her and the other guy - neither of them was interesting and together they had absolutely NO chemistry.

56 posted on 10/03/2005 9:45:45 AM PDT by Impeach98
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To: yoe

uh....ABC is trying to sell the radio networks....why sign people to new contracts?


57 posted on 10/03/2005 9:46:44 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: ravinson

Close - her husband Jack Swanson is Program Director - and he's below the Station Manager - Mickey Luckoff.


58 posted on 10/03/2005 9:50:19 AM PDT by Impeach98
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To: thegreatbeast

So far WABC is being left alone. Pretty good lineup with Curtis & Kuby, Rush, Sean, The Great One, and Laura. Some of the fill-ins are pretty good too.

They will be banished from all my radio dials if they mess with the current players.


59 posted on 10/03/2005 9:51:16 AM PDT by kevinm13 (The Main Stream Media is dead! Fox News Channel Rocks!)
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To: cynicom
"Conservatives whine also you know."

Fair enough. But since Melanie's a friend, and since I DON'T think Melanie's whining, then I'll just whine about your bemoaning her whining. I think it's always easy for people to post a critical message on a message board, whereas I think it takes a lot more to actually go out and make a difference in the world. I think Melanie's done that, and deserves more respect from FR posters than someone coming and throwing around a one-sentence peanut gallery complaint.

60 posted on 10/03/2005 9:52:15 AM PDT by Impeach98
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To: ravinson
"In the past she was technically employed by the news service that KSFO used for their updates."

Indeed! It was apparently because of some no-nepotism clause the station had.

61 posted on 10/03/2005 9:53:25 AM PDT by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98
Fair enough...You have your opinion

My opinion, she is a whiner.

62 posted on 10/03/2005 9:53:53 AM PDT by cynicom
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To: yoe

So much for "free speech" from ABC (speak what we tell thee)


63 posted on 10/03/2005 9:55:20 AM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: bluefish
Laura Ingram(sp) would be great.
You are correct.
I could not stand listening to the morning show .. they may have been nice people but a little slow on the up take, IMHO.
64 posted on 10/03/2005 9:56:48 AM PDT by roylene
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To: BigBobber
Dr. Laura .. what a whining bitter little woman. I do not even understand how she is still on the air.
There are so many great conservative radio personalities that would be better than this (fake) psychologist.
65 posted on 10/03/2005 10:00:32 AM PDT by roylene
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To: SierraWasp
MM has done wonderful and fantastic things for the conservative movement, there is no question .. it however does not necessarily translate to a good radio show.
66 posted on 10/03/2005 10:03:59 AM PDT by roylene
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To: RexBeach
I'm sorry for her, but no whining allowed aloud.

Aloud is really the only way you can whine ... if you do it quietly, it's whimpering.

67 posted on 10/03/2005 10:07:51 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: SierraWasp

I was hoping I'd get along down the list and see someone shout out who knew more about her than me!!

What she's done for these troops, if nothing else, deserves the respect of anyone who actually does give a Tinker's damn. And I give a couple Tinkers' damns.

My experience is she's going to find herself in an even better position when the smoke clears and I'll be praying for her to that end.


68 posted on 10/03/2005 10:30:26 AM PDT by freema
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To: yoe
But, for some reason, the negotiations hit a brick wall and I was asked to accept a number of bizarre compromises.

This is the part that piqued my curiosity. There is no doubt that behind the scenes politics played a major part of the adventure.
I have been amazed that MM has lasted as long as she has in *gasp*

... San Francisco!

69 posted on 10/03/2005 10:35:07 AM PDT by Publius6961 (Liberal level playing field: If the Islamics win we are their slaves..if we win they are our equals.)
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To: sofaman
I agree...Trying to figure out what part of that was whining.

Personally I opt for Ocam's Razor.

Those quick to invoke the "whining" offense are outing themselves for what they are, regardless of their sign up dates.

In the future, I certainly will regard anything they say with a large dose of salt.

70 posted on 10/03/2005 10:40:07 AM PDT by Publius6961 (Liberal level playing field: If the Islamics win we are their slaves..if we win they are our equals.)
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To: yoe

The morning show on KSFO with Lee, Melanie, and OV (with Sussman filling in on Mondays) was the best conservative talk show in the country! (Even better than Rush)

They interviewed a lot of very important conservatives guests. The combination of the three were a great balance. When a talk show is just one host is it easy to get sick of him/her.

This is a major loss for Bay Area conservatives. Like breaking up the Beatles.


71 posted on 10/03/2005 10:40:23 AM PDT by feralcat
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To: CheneyChick
Now it will be the guys on 910

Try 1220 AM it's pretty good

72 posted on 10/03/2005 10:52:00 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Proud member of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club 1972-1973)
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To: clamper1797; CheneyChick
1220 AM KNTS - Link
73 posted on 10/03/2005 10:56:38 AM PDT by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98
I really like Dennis Prager. When Rush starts talking about football or Golf I tune in 1220. I also go back and forth during commercials (please don't tell anyone).

BTW I'm going to scream if I hear Andy Willaby ask "how in the world I am anyway" again

74 posted on 10/03/2005 11:00:43 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Proud member of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club 1972-1973)
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Here's what I e-mailed KSFO:

"I am VERY disappointed in your decision to drop Melanie Morgan from the line up.

First you blew it with Michael Savage; now you've done it again!!!!

ARE YOU GUYS STUCK ON STUPID?

Maybe you should just hire Al Franken to replace Mel, and be done with it.

SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!"


75 posted on 10/03/2005 11:03:23 AM PDT by 57chevypreterist (Remember, your orthodoxy was once heresy.)
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To: Varmint Al

Vic is on a ten day vacation. Extremely bad timing.

I don't care what some others are insisting, I think Melanie is GREAT. She is smart and enthusiastic, and I won't tune in from GA every day any more.


76 posted on 10/03/2005 11:07:08 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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To: Impeach98

If they felt like canning someone, they could have started with Barbara Simpson! I'm sick to death of her Tom Cruise-like rants about how psychopharmaceuticals will cause you to become a crazed maniac and commit suicide.

I like the Melanie/Lee/OV combo in the mornings, but I think it has hurt them that Lee takes off on Mondays. Suss is getting better as he goes along, but I still find him annoying fairly often. Breaking up the MLOV trio is a mistake, methinks.


77 posted on 10/03/2005 11:14:38 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (Kelo must GO!! ..... http://sonoma-moderate.blogspot.com/)
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To: CheneyChick
Melanie was the only reason I would tune in to KSFO for the morning commute. Now it will be the guys on 910.

Maybe she'll JOIN the guys on 910 -- Armstrong, Getty, & Morgan?

I think her getting let go was a blessing for her in disguise. I like Melanie, and I hope she will have her own show someday. Maybe soon now.

78 posted on 10/03/2005 11:17:15 AM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: Impeach98

I am listening to the re-broadcast. Barbara is wonderful, but I didn't enjoy her much either. She is perfect for an evening or afternoon show, but I guess I need a faster pace in the morning.


79 posted on 10/03/2005 11:19:35 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

I'd like to see her and Mark Williams from Sacramento (KFBK) team up and do a KFBK-KSFO show. But that's just my personal preference. For now, I'd just like to see KSFO save their morning show and keep it Lee-Mel-OV. (And Wanda with Puppy Love - I like the dogs).


80 posted on 10/03/2005 11:21:48 AM PDT by Impeach98
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To: clamper1797

Thanks, I'll check it out.


81 posted on 10/03/2005 11:26:45 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: Impeach98
I'd really like to see Melanie go national with her own show. I think she can do it. The timing is right, IMO.
82 posted on 10/03/2005 11:31:38 AM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: yoe
Needless to say this turn events has been quite shocking - especially given the fact that it was something I was not expecting.

What would be really amazing if she'd been shocked by something she had been expecting.

Just the nature of the radio beast, Ms. Morgan.

Plus which, she committed the premier sin of ethical conduct by creating the appearance of a conflict of interest. To whom much is given, much is expected.

83 posted on 10/03/2005 11:36:40 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: r9etb
"Plus which, she committed the premier sin of ethical conduct by creating the appearance of a conflict of interest. To whom much is given, much is expected. "

Can you say that again in English? What sin of ethical conduct by creating the appearance of a conflict of interest? What are you talking about? What ethical conduct and what conflict of interest?

84 posted on 10/03/2005 11:41:41 AM PDT by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98
You undoubtedly understand what a conflict of interest is.

Creating the appearance that you've got one, is often just as damaging to a business as actually having a conflict of interest. Simple stuff.

85 posted on 10/03/2005 12:05:39 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: r9etb

What are you talking about though? What conflict of interest? A conflict of interest would involve working for a competing broadcast entity. Since there is none, can you try to explain what you are talking about? I still don't get your post.


86 posted on 10/03/2005 12:09:53 PM PDT by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98
What are you talking about though? What conflict of interest? A conflict of interest would involve working for a competing broadcast entity. Since there is none, can you try to explain what you are talking about? I still don't get your post.

Hmmmm. Let's see. Lady with radio show becomes chairwoman of Move America Forward, a political organization.

The appearance of conflict of interest is that said lady can use her radio show to promote her political organization.

I know you've said she's a friend of yours, but c'mon -- this is obvious stuff.

87 posted on 10/03/2005 12:29:04 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: Varmint Al
Barbara Simpson and some guy were on this morning...

Barbara Simpson is an idiotic no-talent with a lousy voice as well. On weekends I listen to her when I have to drive, and I am continually at risk to fall asleep at the wheel.

88 posted on 10/03/2005 12:33:50 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: r9etb

No, its not obvious to me - that's a luxury you enjoy that I cannot share. Do you know of a personality on TV or radio who doesn't have a book they've written? And how many of them lend their names to organizations they like? Whether it's Save the Kittens or Support the Troops. To me it's more clear cut to have someone be a Chair of a pro-troop 501c3 non-profit than it is to write a self-promoting book.


89 posted on 10/03/2005 12:51:53 PM PDT by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98

Hm. Well, you're entitled to your opinion.


90 posted on 10/03/2005 1:00:33 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: yoe

Here's a link to a pic of Melenie Morgan...
http://www.calnews.com/archives/morgan04.htm


91 posted on 10/03/2005 1:41:36 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (The stars at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!)
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To: r9etb
Hmmmm. Let's see. Lady with radio show becomes chairwoman of Move America Forward, a political organization. The appearance of conflict of interest is that said lady can use her radio show to promote her political organization. I know you've said she's a friend of yours, but c'mon -- this is obvious stuff.

To me, it's neither here nor there. I think she could go national with her own show if she really wanted to. Sometimes it takes a swift kick in the ass to realize it.

I really enjoyed listening to Lee, OV, and Mel, but this is an opportunity for her to move on to bigger and better things. Her next PR statement should be "So long and thanks for all the great memories."

92 posted on 10/03/2005 1:44:13 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness
To me, it's neither here nor there.

Me neither, actually -- never heard her, and barely heard of her before this. I'm just not terribly sympathetic to radio personalities who take the "I'm being picked on" route like this.

93 posted on 10/03/2005 1:47:56 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: r9etb

Disney does not run its media properties for profit. Nor do they respect their customers. One of the most interesting business models out there.


94 posted on 10/03/2005 2:14:24 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: Baynative

Ugh. KPIG sucks. They are so blatantly liberal that I refuse to tune them in.


97 posted on 10/03/2005 2:52:04 PM PDT by EggsAckley ("The pump don't work 'cause the vandals took the handle")
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To: SierraWasp

Wasp my friend, I read some of the posts (over 90) from some of the chicken$hit people who claim to be freepers and it's almost embarassing. To slam a great woman like this is beyond me...course we know that their idea of being an activist is being a keyboard warrior. Happy there are people like you, and quite a few others in the this thread that are great freepers. One's that will do the rally's, write there congressman, and in general, are patriots, because they believe in themselves and their country.


98 posted on 10/03/2005 3:21:37 PM PDT by Issaquahking (Americans defending the homeland....a job an illegal alien will NEVER do....)
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To: yoe

Melanie, if there's anything I can do to help ya, I'm there. I owe ya one! I am sure you'll have another spot in no time!


99 posted on 10/03/2005 3:24:45 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (I am a Reagan Conservative and mighty proud of it.)
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To: Issaquahking

Wow! Thank you!! No wonder you made it to "King" of the Issaquah!!!


100 posted on 10/03/2005 3:29:31 PM PDT by SierraWasp (The only thing that can save CA is making eastern CA the 51st state called Sierra Republic!!!)
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