Who says radio doesn’t pay well?

Ellis Suleman Farid Suleman, the CEO of KGO-AM and KSFO parent Citadel Broadcasting Corp., is going to make $30 million this year for heading a company that was recently in bankruptcy. RadioInk.com and RBR.com analyzed SEC documents filed by Cumulus Media (owner of KNBR and KFOG) ahead of its acquisition of Citadel and found that Suleman will get a $2 million bonus this year for hitting a $232 million profit target. He’s also getting $1,125,000 in annual salary and $27.4

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Citadel backs off of “shocking” pay plan

When Mickey Luckoff resigned at KGO-AM/KSFO GM and President, he slammed Farid Suleman, the CEO and chairman of station owner Citadel Broadcasting. Luckoff told Ben Fong-Torres: Luckoff Everything that the CBS people warned us about came true: total control, can’t spend a dime, and you’d have to go through layers … And then you found out that the layers were one person. He’s something else. He has no regard for people whatsoever. He’s apparently pretty damned skilled financially. To be

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KGO/KSFO sales director to replace Luckoff

Lieberman Deidra Lieberman, who started in radio in 1990 and moved up through the ranks in sales, was named Tuesday as general manager of KGO-AM 810 and KSFO 560, replacing Mickey Luckoff, who resigned last week in a dispute with the station’s owners. Lieberman was a sales manager with Susquehanna Radio from 1996 to 2003. She joined KGO/KSFO in September 2003 as the general sales manager and was promoted to director of sales in 2006. In her time at KGO/KSFO,

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Mickey Luckoff not allowed back on KGO-AM

Luckoff and Owens. Credit: Flickr It’s been a tough week for KGO-AM host Ronn Owens. First, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman backed out of a debate on his show that the station had heavily promoted. Then on Tuesday, he was scheduled to talk to Mickey Luckoff, who had resigned a day earlier after 35 years as general manager of KGO-AM in a dispute with the station’s owner, Citadel Broadcasting. Owens promoted the hour with Luckoff at the beginning of the

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Luckoff resigns, citing disagreements with Citadel

Luckoff with his Radio Hall of Fame award. Longtime KGO-AM and KSFO president and gm Mickey Luckoff abruptly resigned today, citing disagreements with the stations’ owner, Citadel Communications. “The day you’re not able to stand behind or believe in the decisions you are being asked to make is the day you must be true to yourself and to those you care about,” he said in a letter to staff that was obtained by the SF Business Journal. “Thus I am

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Rodgers fired moments after show ended

Lee Rodgers has written a letter to listeners to clear the air about his sudden departure from KSFO 560 on Thursday: “It was forced upon me with no notice,” he says. While KSFO & KGO were and are profitable, Citadel Broadcasting, the parent company that owns ABC Radio is in bankruptcy. The top management of Citadel, led by a CEO named Farid Suleiman — widely regarded as the most incompetent executive in broadcasting — decided that I was making too

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Citadel booted off NYSE, stock at 9 cents

The New York Stock Exchange has informed Citadel broadcasting, which purchased ABC Radio’s stations from Disney about two years ago, that it will no longer trade the company’s stock. The NYSE delists companies whose stock falls below $1 for 30 consecutive days. The stock closed today at 9 cents a share. That puts the company’s value at $25 million, but if you want to buy it for that price, you’d have to get in line behind creditors who are owed

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KGO lays off 5 including Jarrett, Edmonds

KGO-AM, which has been No. 1 in total total audience since the 1970s and one of the most successful news-talk stations in the country, has laid off five employees including afternoon co-anchor Greg Jarrett and East Bay reporter Greg Edmonds. Both are long-time on-air personalities. Jarrett has been at 810 for 16 years, from 1986 until 1994 as a reporter. He then became a staff correspondent for ABC News. He returned to KGO in 2000. Edmonds has been at KGO

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KGO-AM bumps Paul Harvey to KSFO

“Hello Americans, I’m Paul Harvey. You know what the news is. In a minute, you’re going to hear … the rest of the story.” Paul Harvey, age 90, is apparently moving to KSFO 560, according to promos airing on the conservative talk station. For years, Harvey’s folksy (and right-wing) news and commentary has been heard on KGO-AM 810 where it has seemed out of place given that station’s more urbane news-talk format. Harvey has been a mainstay of the ABC

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KFRC’s oldies format returns to AM

CBS Radio SF market manager Doug Harvill announced today that the KFRC oldies format is moving to 1550 AM on Thursday, Jan. 1, a month after it was replaced at 106.9 FM by all-news KCBS. KFRC was originally an AM station in the 60s and 70s when the songs it now plays were new. Scott Shannon will produce and host the syndicated oldies format, featuring hits from the 50s to 80s. By the way, KCBS’s addition of an FM signal

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