Ronn Owens is working on KGO.
Albeit without a contract, but a call into his agent, David Katz, indicates that "discussions are ongoing." Which begs the question, what discussions?" Katz wouldn't address that, but did confirm my assessment that, since Owens' old deal expired on Tuesday, he's no longer getting seven figures.
I asked Katz if Owens's current compensation was on an "at will" basis, (essentially scale plus a few percentage points.) Think low six figures. And remember, Owens has little, if any, leverage and his agent knows it. "Yes, you could say that, " offered Katz.
Conveniently, neither Owens nor KGO/Cumulus even bothered to acknowledge that Owens is even on the air after months of speculation as to his status. He told a colleague a few months back that he was "seriously considering retirement." I reported that.
Now, after battling some recent medical issues, (in which he broadcast from his home), and working at a time he normally takes off to celebrate the holidays, Owens is on the air and, again, working without a contract.
Katz told me last month that no matter what, "he'll, (Ronn) be working in San Francisco." Gees, what a surprise. I was actually thinking Owens was checking out condos in Tulsa.
Bottom line: Owens will continue to work until Cumulus finds it the time he's no longer the brand that kept him at KGO for the past 36+ years, it's just that the money isn't once what it was, and Owens wants a few more years left behind the mic. His retirement thoughts have been put off and KGO apparently doesn't have anything better for 9-Noon Monday thru Friday.
That's the latest.
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