“I love working for KNBR because it’s been my dream since freshman year of high school,” said James Kincaid, a producer for the station.
Those are the first words you hear in a two-minute video titled “Support KNBR Employees: Stand Up for a Living Wage.” The video was uploaded on May 26 by the SAG-AFTRA union, and it starts with these two slides:
Several other KNBR employees (Joe Hughes, Tim Webb, Eamonn Sweeney, Patrick Connor and Tony Rhein) describe how passionate they are about what they do for the station, as well as the difficult nature of working in one of the most expensive cities in the world for a company that pays such low wages to its employees. Well, some employees, anyway. Certain KNBR hosts make well more than the average salary in the Bay Area, never mind minimum wage.
SAG-AFTRA has been campaigning for Cumulus to increase compensation for a while. They protested outside AT&T Park a year ago before a game between the Giants and Dodgers. They handed out fliers that evening, and they distributed similar ones during Giants FanFest in February.
“You know, I just want to be paid what’s fair,” Connor said in the video.