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Monday, February 08, 2010

Did Charles Roark cost Rockingham County 60 well-paying jobs?

So a fairly well-known company was considering locating a facility in Rockingham County that would have put around sixty people to work in positions with good pay.

And then some of their management happened to catch a few days' worth of WGSR Star 47. In particular The Local Buzz with WGSR general manager Charles Roark. Even more particular: a number of recent broadcasts in which Roark was encouraging viewers to talk about their sex lives.

It gave this area a bad enough impression, that those jobs aren't coming now.

I've been sitting on this for a few weeks but didn't have enough confirmation of it until this afternoon. One source told me that WGSR's being the sole televised media outlet for the county made us "out to be slackjawed idiots".

Call it a classic case of one bad apple ruining the whole bushel.

By the way, ever notice how Roark will do his damndest to get callers to talk about their sex lives, but he never talks about his own?

Curious, that...

Way more coming in due time. I'm sitting on too much material that deserves to be unloaded before I move on to bigger and better things (hopefully sooner than later).


Anonymous said...

Give up Chris. You can't shame the shameless (Charles Roark) or sway the soulless (Johnny Robertson).

Anonymous said...

Last time I said that I'd never advertise my business while Johnny Robertson was on WGSR. I will say now that I will never advertise my business on WGSR at all. Charles Roark is a disgraceful excuse for a man and I do not want to tarnish my company's reputation by associating it with him in any way. I am not the only business owner in Rockingham County who feels this way.