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.
Disney 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.