Karel is in hot water over at the insane asylum--better known as the new digs at 55 Hawthorne.
No, he hasn't threatened to kill Joe the Plumber., (For which he was fired and lucky enough to be re-hied by ex-boss, Jack Swanson at the old KGO--only he still hasn't learned his lesson). He just can't grasp the idea that all mikes, even when "off", are still hot mikes.
He made some rather crude and disparaging comments about fellow host, Pat Thurston--comments that got back to Thurston, and subsequently got back to PG and ND, Paul Hosely. Whether or not you like or dislike Pat Thurston is not the issue here. There's a professional rule in the biz: Never make fun, belittle or put down a colleague on-air. It's been around forever. Karel hasn't re-read the handbook, apparently.
Here's the story from a source:
A few weeks back, Karel said some nasty professional things about Thurston. Not on the air, but on his link mike which listeners can hear as he talks to producers.
Thurston was not exactly pleased and responded with a note to his highness.
Karel sent Thurston back an e-mail that was an insulting ugly critique of what a crappy talk show host she was He mentioned how he had previously been fired. Thurston then sent a short response that he still didn't get it and indicated that she didn't want his critique first and secondly, he needs to re-learn radio 101 - every mike is presumed to be hot. Thurston then copied his note and response to Hosely, according to the source, and he was called out.
A few years ago, Karel also had a major beef with Dr. Bill Wattenburg, which included him giving the Dr. a full Moon at a KGO office party, and highly negative comments about him on Karel's personal website. GM Mickey Luckoff had to call a truce between the pair.
The source added that Karel is probably on probation. Furthermore, his ratings are terrible and he blames Thurston. How bad are the ratings? Enough to heighten the current rumor that even crazy KGO brass may have had enough of the Karel show and his days could be numbered.
KGO is in a world of hurt anyway. Bill Bungeroth is begging people to take Sales jobs on an on-air spot! Every time it's heard in the building, everyone laughs out loud, even in the Sales Department! Sales people are leaving the sinking ship, which used to be a powerful and influential AM radio station heard from Mexico to Vancouver BC after dark. Very sad.