I made a mistake. Sort of.
I acknowledged an in-house prank perpetrated by a rogue morning producer for the call-letter deficient radio station mired deep in the abyss.
By doing so I gave ammunition to the producer's gullible assembly, some of whom bought the idea of the producer's attempt to discredit me and this site.
The actions perpetrated by the individual speaks more about the person, the employer and some of its workforce. I was just an innocent bystander. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your viewpoint, the "ruse" or "dupe", whatever you want to call it, didn't work because had it I would have reported it but no such e-mail nor phone call ever made it here to 415 Media. Even so, the perpetrator told numerous colleagues about her "plot" including a management person, at least two on-air talk hosts and news people. After careful consideration I'm purposefully not going to name names because by doing so I would only add credence to a rogue employee who clearly crossed the line. I'll let the Cloud Company and its albatross outlet deal with their own internal affairs--it's not my duty nor would it be in the best interests of this site to provide this person any more attention then they deserve. Jobs could be on the line too.
I will say this: the fact that an employee; someone with a high-profile position albeit behind the scenes, would stoop to such a level of gross inappropriate professional and personal behavior speaks for itself.
I've been spending quite a bit of time to try to figure out, in detail, just how the whole affair evolved and after careful consideration and in lieu of the attempted ruse of this site, have decided to advance the following ...
1. From now on I will no longer refer nor report on the albatross station in question. Most of you know their name and what they stand for. Frankly, they have become irrelevant in the market and continue down the slope of hopelessness. Even in their impending re-incarnation back to some element of talk, they will never, ever be anywhere near the legacy status they were once revered by the industry both here in the Bay Area and beyond.
2. None of their hosts, on-air news talent or management --not any individual employed by the outlet will be mentioned, reported or acknowledged unless it involves something unique and/or newsworthy.
3. To you, my readers, the majority of which used to be loyal and ardent followers of the station, this act demonstrates once and for all how they feel about you and your friends and family. Furthermore, to their advertisers, the few remaining morsels, this act only solidifies why they cannot literally give away any commercial spots. Free spots! Knowing what I know now, I understand why.
Finally, there are some really good people over there, most of whom have flooded the market with resumes. They work under the most challenging of conditions, from the newsroom to the sales dept. and even in the back offices. Recently, one of the most loyal and tenured managers quit in disgust after too many cases of internal strife. She wasn't the first and won't be the last. You can only take so much.
I believe in karma. Been there before. Good and bad. I have leveled some snarly verbal attacks directed toward the station, some of its personnel including the morning mattress salesperson, a few news people and producers --all done so publicly by me, my name right above the mast of this site--never once have I leveled suck attacks anonymously either here or on message boards like Google Groups. I can't say the same for some of the worker bees at the call-letter deficient station; a company that cannot even pay for one of its "entertainers" to fly up to the Bay Area and take part in some sort of radio carnage called a debate; a company that willfully hires 4th-tier "comedians" out of town, out of market to take part in a weekend circus with outsourced yahoos pretending to sound "local" when in fact, they're in Dallas. If it weren't so serious and sad it would be highly laughable. Wait, it is!
The theatre of unintended absurdity. A broadcast observer told me there's a line about the station: that it's become the French Foreign Legion of radio stations-- a virtual assembly line of mercenaries who'll do anything to get on the air. Only the FFL pays better and has more talent than the call-letter deficient outlet.
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