The insufferable and mean Lee Rodgers was fired last week from KSFO, San Francisco.
He didn’t go down easy, nor without a great deal of the noisome hypocrisy that rigid conservatives are known for when faced with reality.
Here's where the hypocrisy comes in- Rodgers went straight to the union. (not unlike how Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity got to the ACLU, when they needed some First Amendment triage).
Rodgers, who takes no prisoners on the air, has gutted unions, and called members thugs and miscreants forever (which is how long his career has seemed). Of course, like attorneys, you hate unions until you need one. So Rodgers, the pusillanimous pus-bag that he is, has gotten AFTRA his union to take up his case.
A SFGate reader told Jo Garofoli: "Interesting phenomenon -- the conservative relying on the union to go to bat for him.... how many times Rodgers has ragged against the unions over the past 25 years. Hypocrisy never goes out of season."
The real reason KSFO dumped him is because they were paying him too much and had been for too long. In the industry standard of the day, they traded him in for somebody younger and cheaper- somebody they'd been grooming for years, Rodgers' sidekick, the snarly, WASP inciter, Brian Sussman.
(KSFO is sister station to classic talker KGO, and is also home of "America's Rabbi" Daniel Lapin).
Ah yes, we remember Lee Rodgers. He had a brief, but ignoble past in Seattle radio. In 1994, as Rush Limbaugh loomed large at the pulsating KVI, and KIRO sought to counter him with Rodgers, replacing the nice, but bloodless Jim French on the 9 to-noon.He and his wife moved to a condo in Belltown, but he turned out to be an irascible, negative asshole- Rush without a sense of humor. He didn’t last long: after a few months he returned to San Francisco, blaming Seattle for his failure. (A poor workmen blames the work site).
The rest is KIRO history. Dave Ross stepped into the slot and Dori Monson, who’d only been a butt-boy around the station, got his chance to start his real career at noon to 3p.