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Tom Zagorski was one of the most popular morning radio personalities in Chicago
for nearly twenty years, but the financial realities of the new corporate-owned
media world make him obsolete. His boss is doing whatever he can (including
public and private humiliation) to make Zagorski quit so he doesn’t have to pay
the severance. Zagorski pushes back by passive-aggressively needling his boss
into firing him — without ever crossing the line that could get him fired for cause.
When neither side budges after six months of battle, an exasperated Zagorski
sends an e-mail to the CEO of the corporation, sarcastically suggesting a massive
firing of anyone who doesn’t actually bring in money. Instead of firing Zagorski in a
rage, CEO takes the e-mail at face value, eliminating thousands of jobs and
sending the stock price soaring. To reward the genius who came up with the idea,
the CEO makes Zagorski his new COO.
Getting fired suddenly becomes a monumental task: Zagorski has become the
darling of Wall Street. In order to get fired, he has to get the stock price to go
down and/or irritate his mercurial boss so much that he can’t take him any longer.
Zagorski takes great glee in pursuing both of these options, and, along with his
on-air partner Richard Lawrence, plunges headlong into the world of media
finance, politics, and personalities.
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RICHARD KAEMPFER had a front row seat to the changing media landscape during his
20-year radio career in Chicago. He is the co-author of The Radio Producer’s Handbook
(with John Swanson); a collaborative novel with Brendan Sullivan called The Living Wills;
a radio memoir Records Truly Is My Middle Name with John Records Landecker; and a
humor book about parenting, called Father Knows Nothing. Kaempfer writes a monthly
media column for the Illinois Entertainer, a daily blog, and is the editor-in-chief of the
Cubs website Just One Bad Century.
Shortly after $everance was released, Kaempfer started his own independent press in
Chicago with longtime business partner David Stern. Eckhartz Press focuses on Chicago
authors and Chicago stories. The two men also host a weekly satirical podcast called
"Minutia Men," which the Daily Herald describes as "Kaempfer and Stern sharing their
vast treasure trove of worthless information."
He lives in suburban Chicago with his wife Bridget, and their three sons.
A hysterical critique of corporate morality.
— Larry Potash, WGN-TV
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