*It's a good thing Ronn Owens still has an agent; it was that agent that saw the "specific language" in the year-by-year contract Owens signed at the end of last year that
(It did not).
Owens will broadcast on KGO from 10-Noon for the foreseeable future; even he was unaware of the clause and thus, his "KSFO is gonna be great" farewell broadcast on KGO was premature.
In the meantime, Cumulus suits are embarrassed, if that's possible, and sources told me the Atlanta-San Francisco Cloud Company chatter was "off the hook" over the latest brouhaha --it not only makes Cumulus look bad; it sheds a new light over their unbridled incompetence; even A-grade morons could reread contract language.
The idea early on was to let Owens stay on through the end of 2016; (it's an election year, thus interest in the Presidential Election is high on the talk-radio show circuit) but then cut him loose --if you listen to Owens he doesn't sound very good and his ratings are terrible. By moving him to KSFO he could still make money for the company (which he still does, thanks Sleep Train and Mercedes) and retire into the sunset after 2016.
Only he won't ...yet. He could be bought out (too expensive) or they could fire him outright but Cumulus is wary of a lawsuit and an sympathetic Bay Area audience that still likes Owens. In other words, they wanted no possibility of this again.
*There's no shock and awe in this corner over the latest KGO massacre; I had an idea last year that something was coming. The legacy station had already been shot, execution style; how much real harm can you do to a dead carcass?
I DO feel sorry for some of the news people that were fired and led out of the building like a pack of sardines; most will probably land on their feet; not so much for the others. Already, word around town was that former KGO head and now, KCBS boss, Jack Swanson, was fielding endless calls and e-mails with enough resumes on his desk to fill SF Bay. Only Swanson has enough on his plate to worry about; I doubt few, if any, will land a gig across the street at CBS.
*THIS MEDIA SITE has been INUNDATED over the past three and a half days; we have MORE READERS than ever before; I JUST wish the amount of sheer passion and feelings all of you have about the radio in the Bay Area; Sacramento and beyond were not TAKEN for granted by the likes of Cumulus and others.
The truth is YOU CARE. Still do in spite of corporate interests who don't. In the old days, the idea of broadcast stations intent to perform "for the interest of the community" was sincere and followed closely. TODAY, the only interests by the owners is to their shareholders and bottom-line divisions. The community? "Screw the community"! That's what they're thinking; Trust me.
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