Rogers out at KNPR

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radio dazeFlo Rogers is “stepping down” as CEO of Nevada Public Radio, the organization’s board of directors said in a statement Friday.

“Nevada Public Radio is facing significant business challenges that have resulted in severe cash flow issues,” the directors said in a statement.

Jerry Nadal, a former chair of the board and a Cirque du Soleil executive, will serve as interim CEO starting Sept. 23.

“During this transition period Flo Rogers has graciously agreed to assist the Board of Directors,” the statement said.

The board plans to implement “major cost-cutting efforts,” which have already included laying off “all four of our NV89 (our Reno station) staff members,” and “exploring the sale of Northern Nevada and Utah assets.”

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Some of weekend npr hosts make $300k a year for doing one 2 hour show a week.

    4 right wing talk stations seem to survive in South Nevada-

    Maybe make programming that appeals to people other than white yuppie white collar liberals? I can get bbc on the net.

    • 1) Please research on how a radio show gets

      2) More reasons to keep a sane voice in the air aside from the 4 mentioned.

      3) KNPR listeners are more diverse than any other station.

  2. For years Flo Rodgers and have engaged in a verbal battle of her ineptitude and inability to significantly increase the membership of KNPR. Like a moth to the flame this CEO always had time to respond to my rather insignificant, yet rational ways to raise funds. What CEO of a multimillion dollar organization stoops to engage in this type of conduct? Flo Rodgers that’s who.
    One way to immediately improve membership is not to have continuous pledge drives followed hawking everything from Las Vegas shows to bus trips to the Utah Shakespeare festival. I told her to try listening to KQED in the Bay Area, Although that is a little unfair to compare Nevada to the San Francisco Bay Area demographic, Rodgers was enraged by my comments about how she ran KNPR. Her termination and a fresh start should work wonders for a new invigorated KNPR.

  3. Maybe NPR is struggling with programming offerings. Many of the standby hosts of shows like cartalk and Prarie home companion have gotten old ,retired or died. I hate when they play the money talks show twice a day or run BBC all night. Their membership drives that cut into programming heedlessly for the listener are caught in a diminishing returns cycle. If you get 20K subscribers in the spring how can you expect 20K in the fall. In the end it becomes a saturated market or beating a dead horse. Besides whats a British person doing running an American Western Community station.

  4. Flo Rogers was the CEO for a very long time. If the board thought she was somehow mishandling her responsibilities, why didn’t they reach out to help? Jeremy Haar’s statement that they engaged in a verbal battle of her “ineptitude and inability to significantly increase the membership of KNPR” is disturbingly egregious. Perhaps Ms. Rogers didn’t care to listen to someone who was so obviously against her. If indeed she became “enraged” it was likely while trying not to listen to Mr. Haar’s drivel. Even he admits his contribution was “rather insignificant” although suggesting that he knew “rational ways” to raise funds. I do so hope that Mr. Haar shares his vast knowledge with Jerry Nadal. I would start by telling him to “try listening to KQED in the Bay Area.”

  5. NPR have alienated a lot of listeners with their liberal views
    The reporters are condescending and chucking when reporting anything related to president Trump
    They do not make any effort to disguise their left leaning views
    I guess they do not need “deplorable “ support

    • I agree with you Darleene. The current campaign emphasizes how objective they are in reporting the news but in reality, opposing voices are often talked over or pushed into conceding a point. It’s as though they have the attitude that everyone agrees with their views. Chuckling and taking potshots at Trump is probably pretty easy as he does continuously open himself up to criticism if not ridicule. But that’s for the public to decide. Not journalists. I am of the era that recognized opinion versus actual reporting. I also remember respect for the presidency whether you agreed or not with his policies.

  6. The 2000 LB. Gorilla is the continuous failure of the “hosts” to balance the presentation of the events they discuss. Their demeaning approach to us, the proletariat listeners who would dare to disagree with their leftist philosophies has resulted in a once trusted and fun station making some of us note the lack of originality in the opinion presented by the NPR network. When did fair and unbiased reporting become the exception to the rule? It was when listening died as a generally utilized skill and was replaced by the sales departments of large donors ! Just maybe they will hear the silence of the ringing fund drive telephones. Naw. Reality? Don’t worry. There is a big free rescue package coming at no cost to the taxpayer! Enjoy the Beach, Flo.

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