KGO-AM, a venerable Bay Area institution, is known for its charismatic delivery of home-grown, local news and programming. In 2011, the station was purchased by Cumulus Media. Although Cumulus bills KGO as the "Bay Area's News and Information Station," it wants to be able to use content on the air produced by outside non-local subcontractors. But we know that when local events are unfolding, we need trusted voices on the air who have a true connection to our community.
Staff at KNBR-AM, the radio home of the Giants, Warriors, and other Bay Area teams, recently voted to join their coworkers at KGO in this fight for just treatment. These passionate professionals ensure that this highly profitable station gets quality programming on the air, yet many employees less than $15 an hour, even as San Francisco voters are moving the minimum wage to $15 over the next few years.
Dedicated and talented reporters, anchors, hosts, board operators and producers at these stations and more love their jobs, love the Bay Area, and love connecting to the community through radio. Cumulus employees deserve a fair contract that protects local jobs and respects employees and listeners alike. The Bay Area deserves to have access to quality local radio.
UPDATE: Cumulus Closes South Bay Bureau and Lays Off Two KGO Reporters
The following is a statement from SAG-AFTRA regarding the closures:
SAN FRANCISCO (July 3, 2015) --- In another blow to quality local news coverage, Cumulus Media has closed KGO-AM's South Bay Bureau. Since taking over KGO-AM in 2011, Cumulus has been widely criticized for cutting back on programming with a close connection to the Bay Area's communities. In the latest move, an entire region that includes Silicon Valley and the City of San Jose and is home to 2 million residents has had their local reporting team eliminated. "Once again, Cumulus Media has demonstrated its lack of support for local Bay Area communities," said Len Egert, Executive Director of the SAG-AFTRA San Francisco-Northern California Local. "We believe that there is a connection between good local jobs and good local media, and our communities would be better served if Cumulus invested more in its local employees." SAG-AFTRA and Bay Area community members have launched a website supporting a fair contract for local Cumulus employees that protects local jobs, and respects employees and listeners alike. The Bay Area deserves to have access to quality local radio. Visit savelocalradio.org for more information.
Here's your chance to make a statement. Tell Cumulus that one size does not fit all. Tell Cumulus that by using the public airways the company has an obligation to provide relevant local news and programming. Please support local radio by signing our petition below.