A hit piece that ran in The New York Post Tuesday night, alleging that former CBS Radio stations in New York City were run like a frat house, has caught the attention of Entercom Regional VP Susan Larkin. Entercom now owns the stations following the merger with CBS Radio. Radio Ink has obtained a copy of a memo in which Larkin says Entercom leadership is “deeply offended by this highly misleading piece.”
Craig Lenti told Post writer Kevin Dugan that longtime personality Dan Taylor called a fellow on-air personality a “f–king Jew bastard,” referred to a marketing manager as a “dyke,” and described a potential co-worker as “faggy.” Lenti says that in 2007, he went to CBS Radio’s human resources department to file a hostile workplace complaint; Lenti was producing Taylor’s show at the time. The article says Taylor wasn’t disciplined beyond a meeting with HR.
Larkin is now in charge of Entercom’s New York City cluster, including the former CBS stations. She writes in the memo that it was important to reach out to employees and reaffirm that Entercom is committed to maintaining a culture of respect, and she will never tolerate anything less for all employees. “The handful of dated allegations include numerous factual inaccuracies. In addition, all of the allegations were linked to prior ownership and prior management and are in no way representative of what Entercom is today. Most of the allegations are more than six years old, and some stretch back more than a decade. But most appalling is the egregious mischaracterization of our culture that is fundamentally inconsistent with our organization today and the values we share.”
Larkin goes on to say that the Post story omits key facts about the significant positive changes Entercom has made since the merger with CBS Radio closed less than a year ago. “Since then, we conducted an employee survey to better understand your views on our culture and areas for improvement,” she writes. “Additionally, since I assumed the role of Market Manager nearly five months ago, we have moved quickly to increase the number of women in leadership and literally knocked down walls to foster a positive culture of collaboration focused on delivering great results. It is also worth noting that, since the merger with CBS Radio, Entercom has significantly increased the number of women in market leadership positions across the country. I am honored to be one of many women in leadership roles in the company and very proud to report to our Chief Operating Officer, Weezie Kramer.”