Ronn Owens, one of the most popular morning radio personalities in SF radio history, is set to sign a new deal with KGO and Cumulus, according to sources close to 415 Media.
Owen's old contract, which is up on Dec. 31, made him one of the highest-paid media figures in the Bay Area. He will be receiving considerably less money than he's getting under the old deal, (signed in 2006 when KGO was owned by Citadel and whose GM was Mickey Luckoff).
I called Owen's agent, David Katz to respond to this story. Katz offered a "no comment", but said that "negotiations were 'on-going." Furthermore, Katz said he believes Owens will be working in San Francisco.
There has been speculation that Owens, who's been battling a myriad of health issues, was set to retire from the broadcasting business, but apparently wants one more reign in the city where's been at the KGO mic since 1975. In fact, it was Owens who told a former colleague not too long ago that "I'm probably going to retire."
KGO's ratings have taken a dramatic downward spiral since Cumulus abruptly fired its talk hosts in December of last year. Owens was the only talk host who was retained. His personal-services contract was a major reason why he stayed on.
No word on the length of the deal when and if it is signed nor the money but rest assured it will be well south of Owen's previous compensation, although I'm told it's a "fair contract" and that he's happy with it.
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