KGO Fires Karel
November 11, 2008 at 6:52 PM (PT)
CITADEL Talk KGO-A/SAN FRANCISCO has fired weekend host and weeknight fill-in host KAREL after the incident in which he was heard over an ABC NEWS RADIO report exclaiming "f--k G--d--- JOE the G--d--- motherf---ing PLUMBER! I want motherf---ing JOE THE PLUMBER dead." The comment, made in his home studio while a board operator was supposed to have potted the audio down, was not intended to air but did, creating an uproar and resulting in the host's suspension and firing.
On his blog TODAY (11/11), KAREL writes, "And with a two minute phone call and one paragraph letter I have been fired from KGO. I’m told the engineer that made the mistake has been as well. So, we’ll need to start doing podcasting and such until a new station is found. So check back for details.
"Yes, this is wrong. It is my responsibility but not my fault. I do my show remotely and have no on/off for my microphone. The engineer had two ways of stopping this, and had he not been in the bathroom he may have. Should I have gone off like this in my home studio? No, in a perfect world we realize all microphones are live, even if for 15 years they haven’t been. But as JOE SCARBOROUGH drops the F-bomb and lives, as many other KGO host(s) have and survived on air... one wonders if there’s more."
KAREL is scheduled to appear on CBS Talk KLSX/LOS ANGELES TONIGHT at 8p PT to discuss his dismissal from KGO.