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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Petition calls for Georgia Public Broadcasting to fire Chip Rogers

Georgia Public Broadcasting kindly welcomed Chip Rogers today as he started his new role as an executive producer. Better Georgia also acknowledged his first day on the job, launching a petition that calls for his ouster.

The progressive advocacy group wants Gov. Deal, who arranged an October meeting to help create the former state Senator's new gig, and GPB to fire Rogers from his new position. He is set to make a cool $150,000 per year, which Better Georgia says is nearly double what any other executive producer makes at the public radio network. In addition, Rogers' salary will be footed by the state, meaning that taxpayers will pay him more than both Gov. Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Last December, Rogers resigned from the state Senate in order to "create programming that will aggregate job opportunities, job growth areas and career counseling." Although the former majority leader referred to the move as a "dream come true in many respects," some think that he was pressured to step down following his Agenda 21 tomfoolery.

Regarding the petition, Better Georgia executive director Bryan Long writes:

$150,000

This is the first number you'll need to begin adding the total cost of what Gov. Nathan Deal spent to ease Chip Rogers' hasty departure from the State Senate.

It's a number that Gov. Deal must think is fair, but he hasn't bothered to explain his mysterious reasons to voters who are paying the growing bill.

You see, Gov. Deal arranged the job for Chip.

Chip's GPB salary is a huge raise from his $17,000 per year as a Senator. It's nearly twice as much as any other executive producer at GPB.

In fact, $150,000 is enough to make Chip the second-highest paid employee at GPB. And his job is to produce a radio show, not run the station.

But this is a special job - it was never advertised.

And Chip has never worked a day as an executive producer for radio. His only previous broadcast experience was as a pitchman, nicknamed Will "The Winner" Rogers, for a sports gambling network.

Better Georgia also says that Rogers was given "at least $300,000 in start-up costs" to launch his radio show, which reportedly came in the form of tax dollars and corporate gifts. You can head over to their website to sign the petition, if you feel inclined to do so.

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