Skip to comments.KSFO Confirms: Thank You and Goodbye Melanie Morgan [KSFo 560 - San Francisco]
Posted on 03/03/2008 6:03:35 PM PST by Impeach98
Goodbye and thank you, Melanie Morgan
We are sorry to report that Melanie Morgan is no longer with KSFO 560am. KSFO was unable to renew Melanies contract because of across-the-board budget cuts mandated by our parent company, Citadel Broadcasting. Other employees have been impacted as well.
Melanie has been a valued member of the KSFO staff since its inception of the HotTalk format in 1994. Previously, she worked for KSFOs sister-station, KGO, as a reporter since 1983. She has reported on the scene from the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon; the Mexico City earthquake; and the Tiananmen Square massacre in China. Morgans on-air activism included an effort that removed the MTBE from gasoline in California, launched the historic recall of Gray Davis that led to the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger and most recently, standing up for the Marine recruiting station in Berkeley.
Melanie would like to thank all KSFO listeners for their support over the years and asks everyone to know she will continue to work with Move America Forward, the pro-troop organization she helped co-found in 2004, in supporting our troops and their families around the country.
We here at KSFO wish nothing but the best to Melanie. If you would like to contact Melanie, you can reach her through her website www.melaniemorgan.com
Maybe this is the best thing that could happen for her.
May she go on to better and brighter things!
Maybe we will never know the total truth about what happened, but we can make educated guesses. Regardless, Melanie will have no trouble finding a welcoming home in conservative talk radio -— none whatsoever.
You have done well Melanie -— keep the faith and keep up the great work.
To: Melanie Morgan
We’ll miss you at the 5:00 am on line tune in from here in the wilderness of Southern Utah. Always looked forward to your participation with Officer Vic and Lee Rodgers and their conservative point of view from the most liberal place on earth.
Come and see us sometime. 12 miles east of Zion National Park.
Citadel broadcasting is in an Enron-like freefall. They are firing people all over the place — probably because their next paycheck would bounce.
IIRC, Melanie’s husband, Jack Swanson, is General Manager of KSFO and KGO.
There was a thread on here last night about troubles with Citadel Broadcasting. When I read it then I wondered about the KSFO crew. Also, this isn’t the first time Melanie’s had contract problems. She may be back yet!
What's that all about, I wonder. Grew too fast?
There’s a bit more on her web site.
It looks like they bought Disney’s ABC radio assets, but couldn’t afford the debt load.
According to a story from Friday, they expect to lose $1.29 billion this year.
related post —> http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1978423/posts
It would be funnier and more correct if the Caldecott Tunnel had only two bores (it's a 3-bore highway tunnel near S.F.) but Officer Vic (one of the on-air team of three) once said that he and Lee Rogers were like the Caldecott Tunnel without Melanie, i.e., two bores.
When Rodgers returned to S.F after a year in Seattle I had not heard of KSFO. It was a mention by Art Bell on his show that I found out that Rodgers was back in S.F. and at a station that I had never heard of.
I was disappointed that Rodgers had a "girl" partner. Why did the great Lee Rodgers need a partner?
Well soon I learned and after all these years I now believe, it just ain't worth the trouble of all the static and weak signal to get KSFO without Melanie.
I'll listen to Laura Ingraham locally, except when she has BO (best of).
Sounds like your typical Investment Bank aquisition. Shortly afterward, the pruning shears come out.
What’s her congressional district. Can she run this fall?
IIRC, Melanie lives in Marin. Methinks that would be Lynn Woolsley’s seat. There’s a piece of work for ya.
Citadel seems to be firing many popular hosts. 33 year WMAL (Wash DC) veteran Chris Core was axed on Friday by the Citadel suits. I wonder how many of the casualties lean left.
Remember when they did this about 5 years ago!
They want to be rid of Melanie!
How about getting rid of that useless slug..Lee Rodgers?
ABC tried to fire her -- and didn't even have the decency to tell her until she showed up for work before 0500 hours and could not get into the building. At least that is what I recall of the events.
An outpouring from around the country shocked some sense into ABC. Probably won't happen with the new owners.
Reasons? Who knows and of course it's the business.
There was a Sacramento host who was extremely outspoken against ILLEGAL aliens, radical Muslims, and in support of our troops. He paid his own way to Iraq against KFBK's wishes.
Sacramento Bee employees joined with CAIR to get him off the air.
One day he was gone.
I cannot prove this but I swear that I did hear the fired host (Mark Williams) say months later as he was doing a fill-in for a KSFO host that he was fired from KFBK Sacramento because he would not support gay marriage on air.
Yes, KFBK is the station that gave Rush his first chance to be Rush. But! when the station rebroadcast his weekday efforts on the weekend they always introduced it as the "worst of Rush Limbaugh." Rush was just too much for KFBK to fire him as they had fired yet another conservative just before Rush started (1984?). The guy had said "Chinaman" on air.
Same conglomerate fired Chris Core the morning guy on WMAL in DC on Friday. He had been on the station for 33 years and had made a pretty hard right turn in recent years. During the Xlintoon years he was quite the apologist IIRC, but his subsequent return to his Catholic roots clearly had an impact on his perspective for the good (and I say this as a non-Papist). Core had become the loudest voice locally for dealing with the alien invaders (they are NOT “immigrants”, undocumented or otherwise.) He was standing toe to toe with the Commiesymps of the ACLU.
I was wondering what was up, there was a promo for the morning team and they just put some blank air over the part where they mention her name as part of the team. It was odd.
I was in radio too and you can blame it on the supression of air talent by "radio consultants," you know just read the 4X5"s given to you and don't ad lib.
I’m going to start a campaign that Melanie replace Geraldo on Fox. After watching the embarrassing Courtney Friel and Ainsley Earhardt, Fox needs a smart blond woman on staff.
i see her moving on to bigger and greater things... good for her... i was proud of her during the protests in Berkeley... and she also published a book about Cindy Sheehan—American Mourning... plus High Stakes: The Melanie Morgan Story is a movie about her addiction to gambling... which she has overcome...
but it'll be weird to hear Lee Rogers without her... i hope he still have Officer Vick...
If they couldn't shut down the influence of talk radio, then the only thing left to do was to dismantle conservative talk radio.
I was laughed at then, but it's happening now.
Retribution for her going after the Code Pinko’s in Berzerkely?
I’m sorry to see her leave. I would also hate to see Rodgers go, if that were to happen. But what I could not bear would be Officer Vic leaving. He’s the real star of the Morning Show.
First, Citadel has been closing out on staff around the country...Melanie is simply one of a few hundred. Duly noted by mediamole.
Second, William, facts are our friends. Morton Downey,Jr. was on KFBK in 1983. He made a crass comment about "chinamen" which, as far as I can remember, was aimed at Sacramento City Councilman Tom Chinn.
The following is fact, not fuzzy remembrances: Chinn complained to C.K. McClatchy, the last of the McClatchy family to operate the Sacramento Bee, and his long time friend. The Bee, at that time owned KFBK, and McClatchy told the GM, Paul Aaron, that he "had to do something with Downey". Aaron suspended Downey for two weeks, but that was not what McClatchy meant, and he indicated that to Aaron...suggestling strongly that Downey had to go. Downey was canned. Aaron saved his job, and brought in, on the recommendation of one of his consultants, a heretofore modest announcer from Kansas City...Rush Limbaugh.
C.K. McClatchy was an unrepentant liberal, and the Bee was certainly liberal in its POV. But McClatchy's favorite talk host on KFBK at that time (pre-Rush) was mostly conservative in his POV. There was never any attempt to rein him in. In the mid-80s the McClatchy corporation divested itself of its broadcasting components to Westinghouse, and several other corporate changes have been made, which have no relationship to current ownership.
Mark Williams was fired simply because he was an awful broadcaster...not because of his beliefs. Please note that Williams has not been picked up by any organization of significance, as opposed to one of his predecessors on KFBK, Spencer Hughes.
If KFBK ever introduced the Rush replay on the weekends as the "worst of Rush", (and as I remember, they may have), it was only Rush's twisted humor, reversing the "best of" mantra...totally a Rush thing.
Probably making too much money - Chris Core got the axe on Friday - He was at WMAL in Wash DC for 34 years.
Too bad about Melanie. I liked her.
It was a joke, like about an Irishman.
Meet my friend. He's Nytimese -- you might say he's a Nytiman. But I sometimes ignore that and rely on what he has to say.
Mr. Downey was soon hired by KFBK-AM radio, a news-talk station in Sacramento, Calif. There, he told a joke in which he used the word Chinaman several times, angering Tom Chinn, a Chinese-American member of Sacramento's city council, who was listening in his car. Mr. Chinn called the station. According to the councilman and to Paul R. Aaron, then the station's program director, Mr. Chinn was put through to Mr. Downey who let loose a verbal tirade against him. Mr. Downey was discharged the next day.
The Nytiman went on to report that Mr. Chinn claimed that Downey fans sent "death" threats. Don't they all?
I like the Joe Pynes, Downeys, Michael Savages of the "audio radiance" as Lee Rodgers calls it.
I don't believe that it's healthy for honest debate to cower and keep on truckling to PC pukes.
There's no Constitutional protection from being insulted from time to time.
Just a few years ago there was a major effort to get Armstrong and Getty off the air (AM650). The mayor and some councilmen again.
Mark Williams was verbally attacked by city council members and Mark delighted in broadcasting one barely literate member saying that Mark shoudl be run out of town.
Of course I respect your memory and knowledge but city government too often gets in matters that it has no business.
With all due respect...that’s not the way it happened, no matter what your friend said...believe me. I was there. He wasn’t.
First mistake, Paul Aaron was not the program director, he was the General Manager, directly answerable to C.K.McClatchy.
Second mistake, Downey was not discharged the next day, he was suspended for two weeks.
McClatchy then essentially said to Aaron, “don’t you get it? I don’t want him suspended, I want him gone.” That’s a paraphrase you understand, and Aaron took it that if Downey wasn’t fired...he (Aaron) was.
I knew Morton Downey, and while it may have been a joke, he said it on purpose, with the intent intended, not necessarily to offend, but to provoke. He seriously misjudged where he was and what he was doing.
It was not a case of PC, it was a case of ticking off a friend of the “owner” of the radio station. Political leanings, political correctness, all that BS that paronoid conservatives like to throw at libs simply don’t apply in this situation.
Besides, this was at a time in Morton’s life that he was beginning to see the potential of the “Wally George” style of TV and was aiming at knocking George off...which he did.
Well, I did say he was Nytimese.
I was surprised at the next day thing. I remember the hubbub.
No matter what you hear or think...KFBK has maintained Rush through all ownership changes, along with Tom Sullivan, who is pretty conservative himself (although not nearly as dogmatic). Don’t know that much about Maiman because I don’t listen at night any more.
My comments re Mark Williams (that he was fired because he was bad) have to do with the fact that I was in a situation that I could listen to him one night a week for three years, and couldn’t believe how bad he was, regardless of the content of his show or his political leanings.
I have stated this in previous posts here.
Citadel put Imus back on the air. That didn’t help matters.
Maybe this thread should be amended to a new title: “Dinosaur Media DeathWatch: Talk Radio”