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Beware of Shannon Maze of KSWT

One of the biggest mistakes I have ever made was signing a contract with KSWT in Yuma. News Director Shannon Maze pays most staff 8.00 - 9.00 an hour and works them until we not take it anymore. Shannon NEVER told us KSWT-TV's owner Pappas Telecasting is bankrupt and just canceled news at sister station KREN in Reno and fired all staff giving them just two weeks severance pay. Her leadership is horrible and she has been dishonest to most staff. She also offered me a clothing allowance only to take it back. She also never told me KSWT gets a 1.5 on most shows and staffers here fear for the future. KSWT is a sinking ship and living in Yuma is horrid. If you are thinking of joining KSWT, don't. Call or e-mail main talent before you do anything!!
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#116426

I worked at 13 as a main talent and left as this was unfolding as did our Senior Producer whom later surfaced at KYMA. I worked for Pappas Telecasting years prior to joining KSWT and had always heard Mr.

Pappas boast upon how he took such pride in bragging he was the largest privately held broadcasting company in America. Many industry insiders today agree that Mr. Pappas would not be in the shape he is had he chose, like most companies do, to be publicly traded. Harry chose to keep the profits to himself, building elaborate homes abroad for he and his wife Stella in the US and Greece.

He paid his on-air staff and production staff very little, except for the GM's whom all were paid over 100 a year.

Harry subscribed to the theory that on-air talent are dime a dozen peons and only management are valued and given bonuses for making sales quotas that in turn would bring more money to Harry. This was a long time coming for Mr, Pappas once respected, now a man whom obviously turned greedy with his growth.

#91876

I love Shannon Maze. She's the best boss in the world and is very easy to work for. I only hope every News Director is as half as easy to work for.

#40013

My gosh. To the original poster of this and all those that posted, when is the last time any of you went to church?

I am sure all of you were at one point decent people. Why do you let the media keep you single, ruin your relationships, pay you no money? You all seem backsliden.

A communications degrees from a state school and working in Yuma speaks for itself. Get right with God, all of you.

#39979

i worked production at KSWT, every day it was homophobic comments and jokes against me, so much so i did not want to come to work..everyone in production made anti-*** comments against me. i earned 6.50 an hour and could barely afford living while working there.

when i mentioned i felt harassed by the comments, i was ignored. there has been a clear effort to rid the station of gays.....*** producers, talent and production....

#39887

I worked at 13 as a main talent and left as this was unfolding as did our Senior Producer whom later surfaced at KYMA. I worked for Pappas Telecasting years prior to joining KSWT and had always heard Mr.

Pappas boast upon how he took such pride in bragging he was the largest privately held broadcasting company in America. Many industry insiders today agree that Mr. Pappas would not be in the shape he is had he chose, like most companies do, to be publicly traded. Harry chose to keep the profits to himself, building elaborate homes abroad for he and his wife Stella in the US and Greece.

He paid his on-air staff and production staff very little, except for the GM's whom all were paid over 100 a year.

Harry subscribed to the theory that on-air talent are dime a dozen peons and only management are valued and given bonuses for making sales quotas that in turn would bring more money to Harry. This was a long time coming for Mr, Pappas once respected, now a man whom obviously turned greedy with his growth.

#39886

i worked production at KSWT, every day it was homophobic comments and jokes against me, so much so i did not want to come to work..everyone in production made anti-*** comments against me. i earned 6.50 an hour and could barely afford living while working there.

when i mentioned i felt harassed by the comments, i was ignored. there has been a clear effort to rid the station of gays.....*** producers, talent and production....

#39885

Fact: KSWT's owner is bankrupt. The company is under Chapter 11 and the owner under Chapter 7.

Fact: Most staff that work there are paid below the poverty line in Arizona, with 85% of on-air stafff earning 8.00 an hour.

Fact: The station pulls a 1.5 share on most shows. Also noted in a 9/24 article found at www.TvNewsDay.com under exclusive, Harry Pappas lied to his lendors. Mr. Pappas is by the finding of a US federal judge a lier, whom by the corroboration of his own staff, views on-air talent as dime a dozen peons.

FACT: KSWT has ridded 4 gays in a 6 month period.

#39884

Fact: KSWT's owner is bankrupt. The company is under Chapter 11 and the owner under Chapter 7.

Fact: Most staff that work there are paid below the poverty line in Arizona, with 85% of on-air stafff earning 8.00 an hour.

Fact: The station does not beat KYMA on any newscast. Also noted in a 9/24 article found at www.TvNewsDay.com under exclusive, Harry Pappas lied to his lendors. Mr. Pappas is by the finding of a US federal judge a lier, whom by the corroboration of his own staff, views on-air talent as dime a dozen peons.

FACT: KSWT has ridded 4 gays in a 6 month period.

#39883

Its not a 1.5 share ***, its the rating. Advertisers don't look at ratings anyway.

Go talk to someone in the sales department. They'll tell you the demos are what they use to sell. Since Shannon's been there, the key demos have gone up consistently, despite the fact that you're the main wx guesser.

They increased even more when they fired that corpse of a main anchor who was a wanna-be actor. Hopefully, Shannon will fire your *** before the November book so the numbers will go up even more.

#39882

Alvarez,

Why don't you go get Brad's old job at KYMA? Oh...

wait... because you got fired from there for lying. How could I forget?? Or...

you could go back to Charleston and work there. Oh... wait... you got fired from there for threatening to kill your former news director and the FBI arrested you.

Or... you could go back to PA and work.... but wait... you got fired from there, too!

Hmmm... so where will you go when Shannon fires you? McDonald's is probably hiring. But then again, you'd only make $8 an hour.

Its going to look really bad on your resume when you get fired for the second time in Yuma. You can't really sink much lower than that.

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