Rodgers Takes Shots At KSFO Owners After Departure
February 22, 2010 at 3:12 PM (PT)
LEE RODGERS says that his exit from CITADEL Talk KSFO-A/SAN FRANCISCO wasn't voluntary, and he told the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE that CITADEL is "trying to avoid paying the last four-and-a-half months of my contract."
RODGERS told the CHRONICLE's JOE GAROFOLI, "It's tragic to see what was once a great radio group, ABC, destroyed by a corporate pillager. I had hoped to conclude my quarter-century relationship on pleasant terms, but that has been made impossible. Now, AFTRA, the performers' union, is pursuing my case."
VP/Programming JACK SWANSON responded that that the station "spent several months trying to negotiate a new contract but it didn't happen. Our goal was to retain LEE."
RODGERS called the station's offer "an insultingly low salary to extend my contract, which I rejected" but added, "I harbor no hostility toward the local management of KSFO/KGO; they were simply doing as ordered. They built the stations up; CITADEL is tearing them down."
He also said that the company had begun to tell him "what to say or what not to say. There was an obvious cave-in to some ultra-left and pro-Muslim groups, making it unlikely that I would have ever renewed my contract with the company, anyway."
SWANSON declined to "get into a wrestling match with LEE" over the statements. RODGERS was replaced in mornings at KSFO by BRIAN SUSSMAN, who had been hosting the show every MONDAY.