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KNBR employees to Cumulus: “It’s time we get livable wages.”

“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:

KNBR minimum wage

KNBR wages producers board ops

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.

KNBR Giants schedule SAG-AFTRA

“You know, I just want to be paid what’s fair,” Connor said in the video.

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29 Comments
29 comments
VonBossanova
VonBossanova

Like many media or entertainment division jobs, they employers figure if you are serious about an entertainment career, that you will use the opportunity for experience and to put on your resume. There are too many opportunists right behind you that WILL work for those wages for the foot in the door?! Once you are in there- the networking to get higher on the food-chain begins immediately!

jriss
jriss

If they want to earn more, they have to get a different job...it's their choice to work for minimum wage...are they not educated?  Are they not talented?  Do they have any other aptitudes?  Choice...use it.

Beaver
Beaver

If these guys would just take a step back and behold the awesome, almost infinite talents of Paulie Mac and Stuttering Rod Brooks, they would realize why they are paid so little compared to the hosts. 

Charly in SJ
Charly in SJ

@Beaver Truly LOLing at the sarcasm. Stuttering Rod Brooks! Priceless! Paulie Mac's bad-karaoke evisceration of rock standards was the final straw that pushed me from the KNBR morning show back to NPR.

Paul S
Paul S

This is not surprising at all.  Ask Ralph about how they feel about high paid employees...  Also, I bet their employees at other stations around the country get whatever the minimum wage is in those cities, a lot less than $12.25 an hour.  The problem is, people want those jobs and will do them for low pay.  What's more, I don't think Cumulus cares that much about quality, so if the current staff were to strike, they would just find replacements who would welcome the opportunity, even if they do a lesser job than the current employees.

TheFranchize55
TheFranchize55

@BASportsGuy When big conglomerates take over an industry it never goes well for rank & file employees. Big wigs get paid, nobody else does.

Speakler
Speakler

Keep fighting the good fight, but unfortunately it comes down to simple supply and demand. There are hundreds of  people waiting in line and willing to work for peanuts who would jump at the opportunity to do what these underpaid folks do at KNBR. And the people in the video aren't even the top tier group at the station. 

Just look at the on air "talent" at KNBR.....Radnich, Tolbert, Fitz, Brooks, etc. Depending on your taste, the majority of those guys are not supremely talented at what they do, but they've all been there for 20+ years!!! Shoot, i remember listening to Fitz on Sports phone 68 when I was 10 years old...and I'm in my mid 40s now!

I did some work in the industry back in the early 2000s. Free games, access to the press boxes and clubhouses. Interviewing Bay Area starts. It was awesome and a dream come true for me. But there was just no career path evident. Unless you're willing to live in your Mom's basement until you are 45 or move to Nowheresville, USA for years to sharpen your resume, there is really little chance that you will make any headway in the Bay Area. 

Best of luck!

MarkLopez2
MarkLopez2

This is no surprise, you listen to the station and they have more commercials than actual talk radio. Cumulus cares about one thing and one thing only, making a lot of money and not paying people what they are worth. The greed of these companies is legendary. They would kill their mother for ten dollars. 

SFTony
SFTony

I was an unpaid intern a few years ago. They hire interns in huge groups to provide free labor that provides work that violates labor laws. I loved being surrounded by sports and going to games for free, but I wasn't fooled by the smoke and mirrors.

Bob_O_Matic
Bob_O_Matic

@BASportsGuy @KNBR this is Bullshit these guys do an incredible job and Cumulus crams the airwaves with commercials! Pay these people!!

OldZandar
OldZandar

@BASportsGuy there is a mile long line of people that will do that at that price. That is why they are paid what they are paid. Not judging

petesfg
petesfg

@BASportsGuy amazing, when you think about how many commercials KNBR crams into its airways.

acheney747
acheney747

Wonder what Radnich makes. Brags about his Bentley, lives in St Francis wood. Another house in Healdsburg and a real attitude. Maybe he could supplement these folks salaries.

dirving
dirving

Radnich works multiple jobs (knbr, kron, etc) if knbr paid him a ton (hopefully he's well compensated) I'm not sure he'd need to do KRON at all hours of the day 

SSvendsen19
SSvendsen19

@BASportsGuy I honestly don't know how those guys make it in SF basically as unpaid labor. Burnout would be ever present.

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