KGO Radio needs an enema; a deep cleansing. Wash out the old and get in with the new, seriously now.
You hear that the atmosphere inside 55 Hawthorne is at its worst since the Cumulus takeover.
You hear that staff and the latest "team" management has put together are entangled in chronic mistrust and incompetence.
No shit, Sherlock.
Two major figures have now left the building. Randall Bloomquist, on loan from the Atlanta wonder dicks, has left. Bloomquist was sent to SF as a temporary fix in light of Kevin Metheny's death so his exit was no shock and very little surprise. As one mole told me recently, "he's going to get fired anyway" so the handwriting was on the wall. Bloomquist was never taken seriously and his management style bordered on the ludicrous. He was very open in picking out favorites there at the station and was clearly not ready for primetime. He also didn't endear himself to the women work force for some interesting choice of who was welcome and who was not. Figure it out.
Renee Bakos, the assistant PD, who ran the talk-show dept. abruptly resigned soon after Bloomquist departed. As I said on Tuesday, put two and two together and you'll see why that development occurred. Bakos departure was met with a lot of "good riddance" from the rank and file. Her byzantine style of running the talk people bordered on the ridiculous. She was universally despised by most of the weekend talkers and deep resentment over her choice of "friends in high places" at the station was openly mocked. She won't be missed, either.
If this were a once-and-awhile situation, like it is at most companies, it would be no big deal. But this is a constant at Cumulus. At KGO. This is a mess. This is no way to run a company. Are you listening Tricky Dickeys? Apparently not. Never. Ever. And they wonder why they've fallen from #1 to #30 in the demo that counts. And they wonder why they've become an albatross. Joke.
They need a deep cleaning--an enema. They need for the senior staff to step up and call an internal meeting and tell Atlanta that they are sick and tired of all the bullshit--"mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore!"
Unfortunately, KGO Radio staffers are resigned to the current clusterfuck. No one dares to speak out, ON THE RECORD, and step to the plate. In spite of myriad cases of abuse of power; an extreme hostile work environment; an environment so toxic and so unsettling that a prominent senior reporter, has taken ill and might be pursuing legal representation, no one has taken the Cumulus bull by the horn and demanded action.
It's perfectly understandable that fear permeates the entire building. People's livelihood and professional rep are at stake. But for what? For continuing to keep the status quo? How's that working? The worst part of all this are the ONES who could change the game and rock the boat have remained quiet. Sheep, really. Most of them just go about their way, collect their paycheck and go home. They are mostly good people--just good people without a backbone. Some are quite capable. Others sell mattresses. Others yet giggle and pretend they have the back of their colleagues.
This isn't going to end well. It never does. That's why KGO needs an enema. It's the only way out.
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