For Stan Major, Phoenix Proves A Quick Fall (July 22, 1986)

For Stan Major, Phoenix Proves A Quick Fall

By Gail Shister, Inquirer Staff Writer (David Walstad contributed to this article.)
Posted: July 22, 1986

Stan Major, former controversial talker and program manager at WWDB-FM (96.5), is in the thick of it again.

Major, who joined KFYI-AM in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 19, was canned immediately after his July 7 show for making an on-air joke about the Arbitron ratings. That, according to GM Fred Weber, is “strictly prohibited by the rules, regulations and policies of KFYI.”

Major, 50, says he was “stunned” by the firing and intends to file suit against the station to collect the remainder of his one-year, $50,000 contract. KFYI management “told us not to discuss ratings on the air,” he says. “They didn’t say, ‘Remove the word Arbitron from your vocabularly.’ ”

Major says he was originally hired “to shake up the market and do strong, controversial talk radio.” About a month and a half after he arrived, however, a management change took place, and suddenly, he says, “they wanted softer, guest-oriented talk.”

To add insult to injury, Major says, hotel and meal charges from his March interview at KFYI were deducted from his final paycheck. “This experience hasn’t soured me on radio,” he says. “I’m just trying to get my just deserts.”