Knbr Ralph Barbieri
April 12, 2012 by staff
Knbr Ralph Barbieri, Ralph Barbieri gave The Chronicle the following statement Wednesday night in response to his firing by sports talk radio station KNBR this week. Barbieri, who had manned the microphone at KNBR for the past 28 years, was known for his outspoken opinions and his unique, raspy voice. For the past 15 years, Barbieri co-hosted the “Razor and Mr. T” show on KNBR with former NBA player Tom Tolbert. Last fall, Barbieri revealed in The Chronicle that he was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Neither Barbieri nor KNBR would characterize the reasons for his sudden dismissal.
With no further ado, here’s Barbieri’s response:
“First of all I want to say that I was flattered and humbled by what Tom (Tolbert) had to say at the beginning of the show today. I’ve never seen him anywhere close to that emotional and I was genuinely touched by his words. At this point, all that I can say – cliche-ish though it may be – is that I’m weighing my options, which are considerable, before I want to say anything further. I’ve heard it said that this was an amicable parting. That is not exactly the case. I came to work (Tuesday) morning, totally unaware that anything of this nature was afoot, especially since my contract didn’t end until Nov. 1. As soon as I walked in, I was told that the General Manager wanted to see me. I went into his office. He and the program director were there. I was told that I was being terminated and that today, April 10, would be my last day at KNBR. They presented me with about 100 pages of legal documents and told me to get to them after I had read them. I was told to gather my belongings and turn in my card key, at which point I was “escorted” out of the building by a KNBR management person. The whole process took about 7 minutes.
Twenty-eight years and change at KNBR they had neatly wrapped up for me in 7 minutes. Let’s see: Four years for every minute. You got to admit that’s pretty darn time efficient – not to mention incredibly classy. Oh, and when I got to my car and tried to access my voicemail, which contained about 20 messages, I found that the station had cut off access to my voicemail. I’ll have more to say later.”
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