Former KOST Co-Host: 'Women Treated Like Second-Class Citizens'
April 8, 2008 at 6:55 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL AC KOST/LOS ANGELES morning host MARK WALLENGREN told his audience two weeks ago (NET NEWS 3/28) that life goes on without former co-host KIM AMIDON, who was terminated last NOVEMBER in a wave of layoffs. Now, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER covers AMIDON's response.
AMIDON was in SOUTH CAROLINA and did not know about WALLENGREN's remarks until she returned to SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. She responds:
"I never wanted to do radio for money. I always said I just wanted to do it for fun, and the fun got harder to have, and the stress of it all. So I am happy to be away from that now. I miss the listeners and I miss all the good things we got to do. But a lot of it was hard work, frankly.
KOST is a women's radio station, and they treat women this way? How ironic.
"Even though I love KLAUDIA (ARESTI, morning show assistant), she should not be on the air. She is not in the AFTRA union and it is a direct violation. Nor should RODRIGO (HERNANDEZ, producer) be on the air, either, or even STELLA (SCHWARTZ, PD/MD). I would not be upset about it at all if they brought a professional broadcaster to work with MARK, but they will never pay 'her' what he is making, and that is the harm in it to all women everywhere.
"I just think that all the women who support their families on their own, like I do, need to know the truth, that when they do hire a woman to replace me, she won't be MARK's equal in pay, and to me that is sad and wrong. In 2008 when push comes to shove, that is what this nationwide CLEAR CHANNEL firing was all about -- pure money reduction. Women can be treated like second-class citizens and replaced, because 'men' have to support a family ... like we don't? KOST is a women's radio station, and they treat women this way? How ironic."