Why was Mark Christopher Fired From K...
AMinthePM

Rolla, MO

#45 Sep 30, 2008
Listen, don't complain about Frank O. Pinion being raunchy because that's the was the show always is. It's funny! As for Karen's being let go, you can hear an audio clip from frank on the ktrs site about how Karen had to be let go because her other job not allowing her to put in the time and contributions to her radio job. As for MC, I really don't know.
Joe Hipperson has also been let go. According to him, it's because of budget cuts, but who really knows?
Mary

Saint Louis, MO

#46 Oct 2, 2008
Not only is Mark Christopher gone but the whole entire News Dept. is gone. Shawn Balint, Melanie Streeper, Steve Klotz and Craig Andrews. They only kept Brian Kelly the news director. It advertises itself as a local news media but got rid of all local news in the evening. I really miss Craig Andrews giving local news at 10:00 and 11:00. I also miss Karen but that was Frank's decision. I always listened to KTRS but with all the budget cuts there isn't much left. Victoria Babu is being overused. I would prefer a good news voice like before.
AMinthePM

Rolla, MO

#47 Oct 2, 2008
Mary wrote:
Not only is Mark Christopher gone but the whole entire News Dept. is gone. Shawn Balint, Melanie Streeper, Steve Klotz and Craig Andrews. They only kept Brian Kelly the news director. It advertises itself as a local news media but got rid of all local news in the evening. I really miss Craig Andrews giving local news at 10:00 and 11:00. I also miss Karen but that was Frank's decision. I always listened to KTRS but with all the budget cuts there isn't much left. Victoria Babu is being overused. I would prefer a good news voice like before.
Holy cow, you're right. Geez, I thought Shawn Balint would stay forever... I am starting to get the feeling that it is not just a coincidence that Karen got laid off when everyone else got fired... What is happening at KTRS?
Armadildo Texan

Saint Louis, MO

#48 Oct 2, 2008
FYI Bush and all the Bushies Suck!!!
youknowwho

Saint Louis, MO

#49 Oct 2, 2008
out on vacation last week and returned to listen to KTRS - Karen Vail gone. Then, tuned in to the mid day broadcast and Mark Christopher Gone.

I wasn't a fan of MC, he did talk over everyone and was constantly talking.

I tuned in to hear Opinion today and just like other bloggers have indicated, the show has really gone to the dogs. I even thought to myself how they get away with some of the things they are saying to Tina without her filing a sexual harrassment suit!. Getting a little too raw for even me and I am pretty liberal as a woman. Getting a little tired of the woman bashing and comments that women are 2nd class citizens. I switched my station to KTRS a few years ago, but now with all the turnovers at KTRS, I am thinking of switching my station once again. I feel sorry for all the staffers. Here today gone tomorrow. Wow, that must be scary.
Wow

United States

#50 Oct 3, 2008
Some of you need to lighten up. I'm tired of everyone being "offended" at everything. Get over it already. If you don't like it, don't listen.
jeff

Helena, AL

#51 Oct 3, 2008
WOW!!!

i didn't know Joe Hipperson was gone too. That sucks.

I like Victoria Babu, but at the way everyone is getting fired or layed off, she might wanna think about jumpin ship

“Man in Black”

Since: Aug 08

United States of America

#52 Oct 8, 2008
I heard Joe Hipperson Saturday morning doing the show with the Vet on KTRS.
J Ryley

United States

#53 Oct 9, 2008
Rabid Dog wrote:
He was let go a week ago Tuesday. Anyone got any dirt on this?
What happened to Karen Vail?
J Ryley

United States

#54 Oct 9, 2008
What happened to Karen Vail?
Mary

Saint Louis, MO

#55 Oct 10, 2008
J Ryley wrote:
What happened to Karen Vail?
Karen was let go by Frank. He controls his own show by getting his own sponsers. I think he made a mistake. The show hasn't been the same so I quit listening. Also Joe Hipperson is still doing call-ins on the FOP show and the vet segment on Saturdays. I quit listening to KTRS in the evening because it is not the same station anymore. The morning show is so lame I have been forced to listen to KMOX for the morning hours. I sometimes still tune in for the McGraw show and to actually hear a real news person in the form of Brian Kelly doing the news. I am tired of hearing Victoria Babu stutter through the news in the afternoon.

Since: Oct 08

United States

#56 Oct 10, 2008
Someone mentioned that there is a sound bite on the KTRS website that has Frank explaining that the reason Karen left was because of job conflicts. Sounds like that is not the case.
The new woman, Tina something, doesn't seem to have the personality that Karen did.
John

Saint Louis, MO

#58 Oct 11, 2008
Frank explained why Karen was let go, you can listen about it here:
http://www.marktastic.com/2008/09/why-karen-v...

“Man in Black”

Since: Aug 08

United States of America

#59 Oct 13, 2008
Has anyone heard if Mark landed somewhere else?
AMinthePM

Rolla, MO

#60 Oct 14, 2008
No, but his site was updated on October 8th, saying that he no longer works at KTRS and will be appearing on another station in the near future.
Wilson

AOL

#61 Oct 17, 2008
KTRS has been on a backslide since they let Paul Harris go.
Shawn Balint

United States

#62 Oct 17, 2008
Thanks....

It was a weird summer... I had a great job offer from Texas to teach radio.. but I found it hard to leave KTRS and the whole debate over 2 jobs led to none. Hopefully I can resurface soon without relocating.
AMinthePM

Rolla, MO

#63 Oct 18, 2008
Shawn Balint wrote:
Thanks....
It was a weird summer... I had a great job offer from Texas to teach radio.. but I found it hard to leave KTRS and the whole debate over 2 jobs led to none. Hopefully I can resurface soon without relocating.
Hey, Mr. Balint. Sorry to see you go man. KTRS won't be the same. I'm sure the entire situation at the station is not for you to discuss right now. Hope you can land back in local news soon.
David

Chesterfield, MO

#64 Oct 22, 2008
Rabid Dog wrote:
Has anyone heard if Mark landed somewhere else?
I don't know Mark but have a few friends who do and they tell me that he's already been picked up by a station in a much larger market. I guess it's true what people say about one door closing and another door opening.

KTRS realy blew it with him.
Janie

United States

#65 Oct 22, 2008
David- if you find out what station Mark is on here in st louis, let us know - to all of you who could not take his passion for truth, you just dont get it - highly intelligent people are very passionate about most things in life - at least he had " real topics" not like Opinion show that can only talk about womens body parts - and besides, he does have a right to his own view, just like the rest of us do !

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