Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Business

(heavy sigh)
I just found out two people whom I have known for years were handed their walking papers today. Herndon Hasty, who started three weeks before I did at KY 102 and was one of the most talented sales people ever was told to hit the bricks after serving for short time as GM over a couple of stations. Also benched was Greg Bergen who I always wanted to work for but never got the chance. He presided over the killing of KYYS and had to fire Max Floyd. I am sure the last thing he wanted to do was fire Max or kill KY, but he did what he was told to do. I mean, after all, how the hell can someone fire Max Floyd? I understand why budgets must be cut and people must be let go, but it was NEVER like this back then. How did commercial radio make money hand over fist during the day but not now? If you are a listener, I think you know. Radio back then was run by radio people, now (for the most part), it's run by accountants. Sad.

3 comments:

Wes said...

Ahhh...Radio People...I love that word, but they are all dead or moved on....too bad really.

dr sardonicus said...

Before they eased the ownership restrictions, most radio stations were locally owned and operated enterprises. Now, they tend to be just small bits in far-flung media empires.

Anonymous said...

here in kc it feels like a fishtank where all the interesting fixtures have been removed. you know, the castle and the bubbling treasure chest. we'll still get around the tank ok, but it will be dull and empty. the cuts make no sense (no sales cuts? weren't they ones sucking that got us into this mess?) here's an idea: hire some talent on the sales side and stop kicking great programming, support, engineering and news people to the curb. we have/had the top air talent in kc inside these walls, hands down. sad to see so many good people go. incompetent sales managers are killing radio...

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