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Lee Rodgers is done at KSFO

By Josh Richman
Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 2:57 pm in Media.

Lee RodgersConservative activist Melanie Morgan – whose layoff from her long-running stint on KSFO talk radio was first reported here back in 2008 – reports today that her former co-host, morning show host Lee Rodgers, is now done, too.

Indeed, KSFO Programming Vice President Jack Swanson has a statement up on the station’s Web site welcoming Brian Sussman to the morning host’s chair in what he calls ” a very natural transition.”

“Although a lot of listeners were unaware, Lee had actually moved to Arizona many years ago and was broadcasting from his home,” Swanson wrote. “He later cut back his work schedule to only 4 days a week, which created the opportunity for Brian to become part of the show. We are grateful to Lee for his many contributions, and wish him many happy years in Arizona.”

Rodgers’ conservative diatribes often made him a target of liberal watchdog groups such as Media Matters.

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  • John W.

    KGO/KSFO’s financially challenged parent company, Citadel Broadcasting, continues the budget squeeze. It will be interesting to see what happens with both stations as General Manager Mickey Luckoff and some of the key KGO talent approaches retirement.

  • Mike Abel

    Lee was and is an amazing talent. Probably the best radio interviewer that my wife and I have ever heard. He will be sorely missed. He really should go national like Savage or Rush but with his interview format. I hope that his departure is a transition to a nationally syndicated show rather than a contract ($) dispute or health issues. Best of luck and good health Lee ! Sussman is ok, but it is like comparing Reagan with Bush.

  • Maggie

    Ok, they tell us it was a natural transition. I missed the part about what Lee will be doing instead.

  • HANK R

    HI LEE HATE TO SEE YOU GO…DON SHERWOOD.. MELANIE..AND YOURSELF WERE OUTSTANDING RADIO PERSONALITIES AT KSFO, ALTHOUGH WITH VERY DIFFERENT SCHTICK….GONNA MISS THE PITHY COMMENTS AND VERY ABLE INTERVIEWING TALENTS…A TRUE AMERICAN….WISHING YOU WELL IN YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE. HANK

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  • joachim m morris

    goodbye and good riddance, he never let the facts get in his way.

  • Lisa Hutson

    Sorry to see you go Lee…..

  • http://contracostatimes.com Shirlee Yonkovich

    Bye Bye to KSFO…listened every morning to Lee. I’m gone for good. Looking for a new early morning conservative radio program. Suggestions??

  • Swissik

    So sad to lose Lee. His show was the only reason to turn on KSFO; we’ve listened to him since he was on KGO and were thrilled when he went to KSFO. We wish him the best and we are hopeful that he will pop up on another station even if we have to listen over the internet. It is a shame to waste your talent Lee. Sussman is a classless hack whom we are unable to accept. He is not fit to carry the water for Lee. We feel for OV who has to put up with Sussman’s lack of language skills. To date we know of no other conservative radio host worth his/her salt in that morning spot. Thank goodness Savage is on again on 860am, a sports station no less, 3-6pm daily. Funny really considering how he used to rag on hats on backward sports types ignorant of what is going on!

  • http://www.papillonsartpalace.com/gardens.htm bobsadventures

    Lee Rodgers is among the best analytical minds from radio. Listening to him interview his wide ranging guests was better than listening to 10 years of college professors droning on. A realist with a sardonic sense of humor, he was my favorite radio host to listen to on the KSFO podcasts, indeed the only one. There is now no other reason to tune in to that station over the Internet and California has lost an important political mind and a force for truth in its’ political miasma controlled by Democrat Socialists.

    I miss him already and will scan the Internet in the future to see where he reappears.

  • http://none Pam A

    One of the most popular feature of the Lee Rodger’s
    show was the appearance of the WORDMAN, Richard Lederer,
    the last Friday of each month.

    If KSFO does not continue this feature, my hope is that
    the hundreds(thousands?) of followers of this feature will
    support Dr. Lederer and Lee Rodgers in any venue that allows them to continue their creative approach to celebrating the correct use of the English language in
    written and spoken communication.

    Lee will be sorely missed; he is one of the best interviewers in the business!!!

  • Suzanne B.

    What is KSFO thinking? Very bad move.

  • Doug R

    Very sad to see Lee go. My wife and I have listened to Lee since his KGO days and from his beginning at KSFO. Sometimes a curmudgeon, but always delightfully articulate and an absolute pleasure to listen to. We will miss you Lee, hope you consider another broadcasting option. We will be there if you do !

  • Charles Williams

    Lee Rodgers is the best radio host I’ve ever listened to. I cannot believe that he is gone. I really hope that he turns up somewhere soon. He is best interviewer in the land. I love Brian, but I believe that he is suited for the evening drive. I am going to miss Lee’s regular guests. Losing Melanie was tough, but losing Lee is depressing.

  • Steve

    Lee Rodgers is one of a kind, irreplaceable. To learn that he was fired is beyond astonishing, it’s almost frightening.
    I should think anyone with a brain has already shut off KSFO. As for the rest of you, people who just tune in because they have nothing better to do — Get a life.

  • Brad

    Goodbye KSFO, Sussman? He needs to go back doing the weather.

  • Dolores Salidivar

    Really sorry to hear Lee Rodgers was fired. I miss him and have not listened to KSFO morning since he left. What a waste of terrific talent. Freedom of speech is slowly dissolving in our country.
    Dolores Salidivar

  • Dolores Salidivar

    What MODERATION?

  • http://www.cordilleramountaincoffee.com Michael Schmidtman

    Just found out Lee was gone when I plugged in my new laptop and went looking for his show on KSFO. What a shock!!

    Lee Rogers is a legend in the broadcasting business. He will be sorely missed. He was the hardest working, best informed and most knowledgeable of all the local radio hosts, if not all radio people nationwide.

    I wish him well and can only hope and pray that he will turn up in syndication somewhere soon.

  • Dino

    SORRY TO SEE YOUR GONE, THE WAY YOU WENT I KNEW THERE WAS MORE TO IT THAN JUST RETIREMENT, THE OLD CORPARTE GOODBYE……TO BAD YOU COULDN’T TAKE GUTTER BRAIN WITH YOU.
    HOPE YOU SHOW UP SOME PLACE ELSE SOON, MISS YOU.

  • Michael Hardesty

    GOOD RIDDANCE TO EVIL RACIST, ZIONIST NEOCON GARBAGE !
    HOORAY ! HOORAY ! HOORAY !
    yOU WON’T BE MISSED, YOU MISERABLE PIECE OF DOGCRAP !!!

  • Jim Harper

    My wife and I miss Lee very much. He was the greatest! Unlike all the other talk show hosts, Lee refused to conform to political correctness. In a world gone mad, he was a voice of sanity. I keep asking the question, “where have all the men gone?” We just lost one of our few remaining male voices.

  • David Paul

    I do miss Lee Rodgers, still. Sussman is a 4 to Rodgers 10. So juvenile. when Sussman has a spot lacking content because I suspect he does half the prep Lee did, he lapses into Jr High slap stick. Morning radio in the Bay Area is a waste land.

  • Tom Benigno

    Sussman is starting to sound like Shawn Hannety, the same old script over and over. Let’s hope my fellow republicans can find someone who can bring out the best of what we as republicans stand for.
    Not just a bunch of war mongers who need a war to escalate the economy.

    Homeland security is not doing what it was designed to do, for the money that is being spent. Bring the troops home guard our borders, North & South and protect America before it’s too late.