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KNBR Employees Push Cumulus Media For Livable Wages

Jason Barrett



In San Francisco, a group of employees from sports radio station KNBR-AM are pushing the radio station’s ownership group, Cumulus Media, to offer better wages. Despite the high cost of living, the city’s minimum wage is just $12.25 an hour, and behind the scenes workers say that Cumulus has failed to provide livable wages.

The KNBR employees joined the SAG-AFTRA union last November. A two-minute video was released last week to draw further attention to the issue.

“No matter how loyal we are as employees, there has been zero effort to compensate the employees that make the station what it is,” said producer Eamonn Sweeney.

“We’re very dedicated to working here,” added producer Tim Webb. “However, it’s nearly impossible when wages have been completely stagnant for ten years.

“I think it’s time we get livable wages, especially in the most expensive city in the country. We are 11% more expensive than New York,” mentioned creative director Tony Rhein.

On-Air host, producer, and anchor Patrick Connor said the solution is simple: “I just want to be paid what’s fair.”

KNBR has consistently been one of the most successful radio stations in San Francisco. The radio station enjoys top ratings, and high revenues, and serves as the flagship home for the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and Golden State Warriors.

According to SAG-AFTRA, Cumulus pays most of its off-air workers at or near minimum wage, even though San Francisco voters approved increases to minimum wage toward $15 over the next few years. The union adds that despite efforts to negotiate with Cumulus, their efforts have been ignored.

Whether it will lead to a new deal, a strike, or a loss of jobs, remains to be seen. To sign the petition and support KNBR’s employees, click here.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.



Joy Taylor

On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.



Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”



Dennis Eckersley

On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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