Borrowing from an old song title, "Second Hand Rose," I want to move Rose Diehl to the top ranks of women in Topeka who've used their longtime celebrity to help Topeka causes. Rose, the afternoon star and program director of Majic 107.7, was let go Friday in a move Cumulus Radio said was a consolidation of her program director duties with other operations of the other stations in the company. (Cumulus also runs five other stations from their downtown Topeka facility, and own KMBZ Radio in Kansas City, too.)
In these cost-cutting times, automation of the shows and consolidation of the jobs are happening all over the radio airwaves. But, come on.. firing Rose?
Let me know what you think about her departure. For us here at 13 News, it is a short-sighted loss of a radio personality who has helped in the battle against breast cancer, helped a Topeka teen get a much needed liver transplant (that kid is now living a healthy life as a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper) and we salute her recent work in promoting the new shelter for the Helping Hands Humane Shelter. Aside from just being a class act. We wish Rose well in a new career, which I'm sure will start soon. RH