At KGO Radio, there is no news director. Repeat: NO news director.
When Paul Hosley was shown the door last week, Cumulus quickly replaced the ex-PD/ND with a SoCal guy named Ron Escarsega. Escarsega is already at work but is the Opps Mgr and has no news position.
Cumulus News/Talk/Sports Corporate Program Director Jim Mahanay added, "Ron has done a great job for us in Los Angeles. We’re excited at the skills he brings north to the Bay Area." Except for the fact that they haven't hired a news director. Not even an interim ND! Who's running the show over at KGO? Nobody. Literally.
Longtime staffers, including one who spoke to me directly, say people inside the newsroom can't believe what they are seeing and experiencing, even by Cumulus standards. Said the source: "I have never seen such an operation like this in my entire professional life--it's simply unbelievable."
Haven't we heard that before?
COMING SOON: Is Cumulus/KGO thinking of shelving news altogether? There's a lot of talk about this in the back offices. Stay tuned.
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