*He has a lot of overhead --needs to get paid so coming out now, the timing, as many have speculated here and other places, makes perfect sense. Don't believe for a second he did it because of Robin Williams --baloney.
*His contract is up soon and although there's an option, his ratings are terrible --how bad? The sad sack opposite him at KSFO is beating him and has younger listeners. All Cumulus has to do is simply not renew his contract. It's all business and the Parkinson's disclosure will not affect that move, remember, this is Cumulus.
*He still makes a lot of money for the company and that might propel him an extension of his current deal but probably only for a year. With a buyout. Cumulus has all the leverage here as they did with Ralph Barbieri but Barbieri had an existing contract. Owens's deal is coming up.
*He once told Gene Burns at a lunch at North Beach Restaurant that he couldn't work for 300 grand and that he'd probably quit. The only reason he's still working is he managed to get a better deal at a much less lengthier time. 2 years and an option. He said it himself: he has no hobbies except doing a talk show, traveling and eating good food and drinking expensive wine. He still has a mortgage on his home. He needs the money too.
*He's nowhere near the top of his game but he can still do a decent interview every now and then and, as I said, he makes money for the company. His popularity has dwindled as has his numbers --like everything else his future at KGO will be determined by two men in Atlanta.
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