The story is out about Barbieri. The case has been settled. The settlement amount is the basis of some extreme hostility aimed at me over the validity of the dollar figure and my interpretation of what is fact and what is not. Since the same person who gave me the information on the settlement itself; a person who I know is 100% legitimate and who also knows the dollar amount, then I'm comfortable about the story. Yes, the idea that disclosing the figure would jeopardize the award should tell you something. Those of you that come here and know my record, then you know I got it right. Those of you that continually bitch and moan and want to shoot daggers at me 24/7 that's your right and I couldn't do anything to sway your feelings one way or another. Fine. I'll stick with what I reported. My record speaks for itself.
*One of the biggest critics of Ralph Barbieri was me. I had complained here about his aloofness, his frequent habits of tonsiling the microphone several minutes after Tolbert opening the show. It was annoying, it was disconcerting to his listeners and it gave ample ammo to his bosses. Nevertheless, Barbieri was still Barbieri; entertaining, always unpredictable and still able to move the needle and maintain the bottom line, which were the ratings. And in a business that is ALL about the bottom line and advertiser/station bliss, what the hell difference did it make anyway?
Here's the consensus: It's abundantly clear that KNBR and Cumulus wanted Barbieri OUT and were fed up with his antics and in-house shenanigans, (even though, apparently, it had absolutely zilch effect on the numbers). And that was their right to off him, (with cause, they thought), but boy oh boy could they have handled it a whole lot better than they did. Like say...
Ralph, we like you, we appreciate your 20+ years of service to the company, we acknowledge you have a debilitating disease and that your son needs his dad, etc--, but we made a decision--we want to move on. We'd like you to be able to go out like a champ and say goodbye to all your fans. We're going to pay you a hefty settlement and allow you and your family the dignity of leaving gracefully.
Of course Ralph might have balked and said screw you!-- OK, Ralph, we'll give you to the end of the year and we'll take care of you. That's how to handle things. That's how the pros work. For one, KNBR and Cumulus could have saved itself a whole lot of money not to mention the embarrassment and outright boorishness of the end result. Which is precisely why they settled it at the very end because the consequences of actually going to a jury trial and all its unpredictability was far worse than writing a check to the Razor. Post mortem
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