KSFO calls to clear the air on Melanie Morgan

I just got off the phone with Anthony Licciardi, marketing director for KSFO 560 AM, who politely informed me of a few points missing from my previous posts (here and here) on the station cutting conservative talk-show host Melanie Morgan.

“ABC never owned the station; Disney did, and there’s a big difference because we are still an ABC affiliate,” he said.

morgan.jpgDisney sold the station to Citadel Broadcasting last year, and both the station and Morgan insist it’s Citadel’s financial woes — not anything done by blogger Spocko or anyone else irked by Morgan’s rhetoric — that led to Morgan’s departure.

“Melanie was not the only person to lose her job,” Licciardi said. “People throughout Citadel all over the country have lost their jobs including some major, major hosts in New York, in Washington, D.C. … Melanie’s contract really was up at the end of the month, and that is the truth. It has nothing to do with right wing, left wing, conspiracies or anything.”

Among other high-profile cuts made this week by Citadel are veteran Washington, D.C. host Chris Core; a bunch of news staffers in Chicago; overnight host Peter Tilden in Los Angeles; and New York radio veteran John Gambling.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Andy

    I have three apples. I can only afford two. So, I throw away the worst one.

    From everything I’ve heard, that’s true in this case.

    But don’t worry, she’ll pop up on another station that caters to the tighty-whitey wearers living in their Mom’s house.

  • Jim Moore

    Smoke. Here’s the deal; if she was a money-maker she’d still be broadcasting there. If she wasn’t more of a liability than an asset she’d be there, especially if they need money. She’s a liability, due to her words being pointed out to their advertisers and those big advertisers pulling their ads, and that means she gets the axe. The axe in a case like that doesn’t come right away, but when the contract is up, because that way they don’t face problems from a vengeful ex-employee… not that Morgan’s on-air history suggests she’d be in any way vengeful.

  • Jonathan

    Gee, that’s too bad that that awful person wasn’t canned for any number of moronic, incendiary, racist, sexist, homophobic and just plain wrong things that she’s said.
    Good riddance to the B****.

  • Bullwinkle

    I really like Andy’s “new math.” If he could only afford two apples, then how did he get the third one? Did he steal it? I can see that Jonathan is really into the Golden Rule! Peace, brother. God bless.

  • Rogan

    Melanie Morgan is a courageous, intelligent and professional woman. She will land on her feet career-wise and has stated that she will not relent in her campaign to work through “Move America Forward” to defend America against its many enemies. Good luck to her and the future and thanks to her for her hard work to date.

    She is fighting for the ideals of individual liberty, Capitalism and limited government. She opposses totalitarianism in all its forms, the violence and oppression of Islamism, and all who wish to subvert see the U.S. humbled and weakened.

    Given her stance, the hate-filled commenters who delight in her firing reveal what side of the divide they are on.

  • dennis

    KSFO losing Morgan is like RUSH leaving radio…How stupid could CITADEL management be????

  • Rogan

    I see that my comment in support of Melanie was removed. Interesting. So, I take it that only comments calling Melanie a b**** and accusing her of racism are allowed by the moderator? Now that’s a very liberal policy, isn’t it? Stifling speech that you don’t agree with is OK, I guess, as long as you’re a Leftist.

    I repeat:
    Melanie is a courageous and intelligent woman who will land on her feet despite this set back. I thank her for all her work to date and look forward to her efforts on behalf of “Move America Forward”.

    She has been a consistent spokeswoman for individual liberty, the free market and limited government. She has also consistently spoken out against all those who want to destroy those fundamental political values – from socialistic liberals to Islamic terrorists.
    She has firmly placed herself on one side of the political divide. Those who rejoice at her firing make their own stance equally clear.

  • Beverly

    When God closes a door, he opens a window. This will allow Melanie to spend more time giving hell to the morons who run around in pink and clog up our streets and our government offices. She has plenty of support and that is obvious by the huge boycott of Bezerkeley! We can thank Melanie for that!

  • mot

    she was let go because she has is not an air talent – she can’t read without stammering haltering, hawing and hemming – even reading ad copy. she was a redundant mini-me to lee. she does’nt have an original thought – ever read her “column”, OMG! and has no sense of humor except as laugh track to lee, usally done shouting off mike – ugh. now i can listen to ksfo again. i used to turn it on ksfo and then change the dial with the first stupid thing melanie said – which took about 60 seconds into the broadcast. all that show needs is ultra grumpy conservative lee who’s got broadcast chops even if you don’t like what he is saying. i don’t normally pile on but mm made a career being mean and using ugly personal attacks on people. so good riddens.

  • melanie morgan a great american patriot & great example to the
    sad brainwashd kids we have here in marin on the ‘left coast!’ she will be missed!

  • Bette

    I have not been a fan of Melanie Morgan as a radio personality, and I agree that she needed lessons in how to enunciate without seeming to mumble. That’s just lazy speech. However, I am a huge fan of Melanie Morgan, the person. A tireless worker for those of us who honor the word “class”. For those of us who honor God and Country. For those of us who honor “manners”. This lady truly loves America and those of us who HONOR it. I don’t know how or why you left KSFO Melanie and I don’t care. This leaves you with more time to do the thing you do best and that is being a tireless advocate for time honored principles, honesty, integrity, and patriotism. Charlton Heston once said that “political correctness is just tyranny with manners”. Melanie just said thing exactly how they are without mincing any words at all and the hell with political correctness. In my opinion there is nothing correct about today’s political arena; so you go girl and may God Bless You..

  • Robert Minter

    M.O.R.G.A.N. = “Many Enjoyed Lady’s Advocacy In Everything Military, Offering Radio’s Growing Audience Noteworthiness”

  • Ron

    This hate filled pig has just had karma catch up with her… after KSFO she can’t seem to hold much of a job, but now she’s been granted about two hours in the middle of the night on some self-promotional show called “morning news.” She’s pathetic, a traitor, and if she was here I’d spit in her, or anyone else’s face, for even insinuating that she’s some kind of “great American.” She’s worthless trash and hit the apex of her life when she was breast feeding her kid at poker parties all night.

  • The fact that Mel was outspoken and full of conviction I hope not the reason for her departure. She was the most entertaining on the show. If KSFO thinks Brian Sussman is more entertaining and has better dialog, well I am sorry, but that’s why I hardly ever listen in any more! In fact I can count how many times I have since Lee rodgers and Mel have left!!!!!!! The format and host are less a listening vice……..

  • Cheyenne

    Mel was doing something very important, creating all sorts of support for the men and women who fight to maintain freedom so you losers can babble away. Ron, you are especially disgusting, how on earth can you say Mel is a traitor??? Ron you probably voted for OB, how do you feel now?? You go Mel, I listened to KSFO since before you and Lee started, keep up the important work. For a beautiful tribute to our service people google http://www.rayStevens.com then look for the “Thank you” video, please pass it along.