My story about the job cuts at Cumulus Media's Rochester radio stations is out there now, but here's some of what Steve Skogen had to say as well as Megan Kennedy.
National financial woes reached Rochester radio this week when two local on-air personalities were laid off.
Steve “Scoop” Skogen, half of the longtime morning duo of Rich & Steve, and midday deejay Megan Kennedy, were laid off from Cum
ulus Media’s KROC AM and FM stations Friday as part of budget cuts.
“I had a good run after 35 years in the business,” Skogen said Tuesday. “I’ve been living my dream since I got into the business. I was fortunate to have worked as long as I did. I would have scripted the ending differently, but it was a great run.”
Told about the layoff “about 17 minutes after I got off the air Friday,” Skogen said it did come as a shock.
“I was blindsided by it. I didn’t see it coming at all,” he said.
However, he said he has no hard feelings about the matter.
Operations Manager Brent Ackerman, who worked with Skogen at KROC for more than 20 years, said it was a sad day, both personally and professionally.
On KROC-FM (106.9), Kennedy hosted the KROC All-Request Noon Hour. She started at KROC when she was 17 in 1999 and eventually was given her own show.
“Part of me is still hoping it is a big ratings ploy that they didn’t tell me about,” she said talking about being laid off. She was told Thursday.
Kennedy says she was told it was pure economics and she had not done anything wrong.
“I’m not sure what the future holds for me. I’d like to stay in Rochester,” she said this morning. “I’ll miss KROC and all of the listeners. Now this chapter is done and it is on to bigger and better things.”
For his part, Skogen wanted to thank all the listeners that let him into their lives for so many years.
“I took pride in being involved in the goings-on in our community,” he said.
What’s next for him?
“Like everybody else, I still have a mortgage to pay,” he said, chuckling. “I’m looking for gainful employment for someone who will show up on time but has few marketable skills after so many years in radio.”