It’s the end of an era at KGO-AM, Citadel Broadcasting’s News/Talk station in San Francisco. Mickey Luckoff, for 35 years the station’s president and general manager, told the station staff Monday (Oct. 4) that he gave Citadel two weeks notice.
During most of the years Luckoff presided over the formerly owned ABC station, KGO was the clear ratings leader. Then late last year, CBS Radio’s KCBS-AM knocked KGO from its perch down to third place.
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Luckoff denied rumors that he was forced out.
“This has been building up for some time,” he told the paper. “I’ve had the resignation letter in my desk for nine months.”
Luckoff made no secret that he took issue with how Citadel operated. From the moment Citadel purchased KGO and other ABC stations from Disney three years ago, the radio group was crushed under debt and forced to make drastic cuts. Citadel emerged from bankruptcy earlier this year.
“I’m used to running a first-class operation, but they [Citadel] were constantly going behind my back and over my head. Nobody knew who they were supposed to report to,” Luckoff told the Chronicle. “These aren’t very good people. They don’t treat people well. They undermind you at every turn.”
Luckoff has won just about every radio award imaginable, including 12 Marconi Awards and two Edward R. Murrow Awards.