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KSFO Confirms: Thank You and Goodbye Melanie Morgan [KSFo 560 - San Francisco]
KSFO 560 AM ^ | 03/03/2008 | KSFO Management

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 Melanie’s 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 KSFO’s 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. Morgan’s 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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: citadel; dbm; ksfo; melaniemorgan; moveamericaforward; sf; talkradio

1 posted on 03/03/2008 6:03:37 PM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98
So what was she really fired for? (I was in radio and know the buzzwords.)
2 posted on 03/03/2008 6:08:41 PM PST by Scothia ( When something important is going on, silence is a lie.)
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To: Impeach98

Maybe this is the best thing that could happen for her.

May she go on to better and brighter things!


3 posted on 03/03/2008 6:10:14 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Just saying what 'they' won't.)
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To: Impeach98

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.


4 posted on 03/03/2008 6:10:34 PM PST by EagleUSA
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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.


5 posted on 03/03/2008 6:11:15 PM PST by Utah Binger (Statesmanship requires having no religious hangups; being owned by no one)
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To: Scothia

Citadel broadcasting is in an Enron-like freefall. They are firing people all over the place — probably because their next paycheck would bounce.


6 posted on 03/03/2008 6:11:55 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: Impeach98

Dang.


7 posted on 03/03/2008 6:12:18 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Scothia

IIRC, Melanie’s husband, Jack Swanson, is General Manager of KSFO and KGO.


8 posted on 03/03/2008 6:14:22 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Scothia

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!


9 posted on 03/03/2008 6:14:54 PM PST by WSGilcrest (I'm beginning to realize I don't realize what I'm saying.)
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To: MediaMole
Citadel broadcasting is in an Enron-like freefall. They are firing people all over the place — probably because their next paycheck would bounce.

What's that all about, I wonder. Grew too fast?

10 posted on 03/03/2008 6:16:19 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Impeach98

Too bad.

There’s a bit more on her web site.

http://www.melaniemorgan.com/


11 posted on 03/03/2008 6:17:11 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

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.


12 posted on 03/03/2008 6:19:38 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: Impeach98

related post —> http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1978423/posts


13 posted on 03/03/2008 6:19:46 PM PST by WSGilcrest (I'm beginning to realize I don't realize what I'm saying.)
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To: Impeach98
Somewhat of a shock.

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).

14 posted on 03/03/2008 6:37:35 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Scothia
errr...standing up for the Marine recruiting station in Berkeley
15 posted on 03/03/2008 6:37:37 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: MediaMole

Sounds like your typical Investment Bank aquisition. Shortly afterward, the pruning shears come out.


16 posted on 03/03/2008 6:38:20 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

What’s her congressional district. Can she run this fall?


17 posted on 03/03/2008 6:52:55 PM PST by ken5050
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To: ken5050

IIRC, Melanie lives in Marin. Methinks that would be Lynn Woolsley’s seat. There’s a piece of work for ya.


18 posted on 03/03/2008 7:05:05 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Scothia

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.


19 posted on 03/03/2008 7:06:56 PM PST by jimfree (Freep and Ye shall find.)
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To: Impeach98

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?


20 posted on 03/03/2008 7:07:39 PM PST by Randy Larsen (Arrogance IS my virtue!)
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To: All
The real reason?

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.

21 posted on 03/03/2008 7:12:26 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Impeach98

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.


22 posted on 03/03/2008 7:12:26 PM PST by crusher (Political Correctness: Stalinism Without the Charm)
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To: Randy Larsen

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.


23 posted on 03/03/2008 7:12:44 PM PST by Rev DMV
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To: Scothia
So what was she really fired for? (I was in radio and know the buzzwords.)

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.

24 posted on 03/03/2008 7:16:14 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: Impeach98

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.


25 posted on 03/03/2008 7:29:21 PM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Impeach98

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...


26 posted on 03/03/2008 7:35:10 PM PST by latina4dubya
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To: Impeach98
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...

27 posted on 03/03/2008 7:35:55 PM PST by latina4dubya
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To: Impeach98
I said it at the time that ABC Radio sold its radio network that this was a < tinfoil> plot to dismantle conservative talk radio. < /tinfoil>

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.

-PJ

28 posted on 03/03/2008 7:44:22 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (Repeal the 17th amendment -- it's the "Fairness Doctrine" for Congress!)
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To: Impeach98

Retribution for her going after the Code Pinko’s in Berzerkely?


29 posted on 03/03/2008 7:49:14 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier home after 15 months in the Triangle of death)
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To: Impeach98

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.


30 posted on 03/03/2008 8:39:26 PM PST by giotto
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To: WilliamofCarmichael; Impeach98; Scothia; jimfree; crusher; Inyo-Mono; MediaMole
Time to get a grip, gang.

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.

31 posted on 03/03/2008 8:42:25 PM PST by norge
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To: Scothia
So what was she really fired for?

Probably making too much money - Chris Core got the axe on Friday - He was at WMAL in Wash DC for 34 years.

32 posted on 03/03/2008 8:47:04 PM PST by 11th_VA
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
Ditto, the weak signal is a pain. Lee is really good though, just wish I could get a stronger signal. Gets better when the sun rises, but once night comes, too much static.

Too bad about Melanie. I liked her.

33 posted on 03/03/2008 9:07:56 PM PST by harpo11 (Thank Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity if She should Win the Presidency.)
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To: norge
RE: William, facts are our friends. . .[Downey] made a crass comment about 'chinamen' which, as far as I can remember, was aimed at Sacramento City Councilman Tom Chinn."

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.

34 posted on 03/03/2008 9:14:57 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

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.


35 posted on 03/03/2008 9:46:28 PM PST by norge
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To: norge
RE: "that’s not the way it happened"

Well, I did say he was Nytimese.

I was surprised at the next day thing. I remember the hubbub.

36 posted on 03/03/2008 10:13:27 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

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.


37 posted on 03/03/2008 10:27:48 PM PST by norge
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To: MediaMole

Citadel put Imus back on the air. That didn’t help matters.


38 posted on 03/04/2008 2:44:22 AM PST by Churchill Gomez
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To: Impeach98

Maybe this thread should be amended to a new title: “Dinosaur Media DeathWatch: Talk Radio”


39 posted on 03/04/2008 1:02:42 PM PST by Calif Conservative ( rwr and gwb backer)
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