Seattle is all aflutter about salaries at KEXP, the hallmark indie rock public radio station. As the station struggles to become independent after an initial infusion of cash from Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, it has made a few financial missteps. But that hasn't stopped it from paying their AM guy, John in the Morning, a $120,000 salary. Which is less than he'd make on commercial radio, but is pretty hefty for a 30-ish indie rock lover in Seattle.
In is, in fact, more than Nic Harcourt makes at KCRW, according to the station's 2004 tax returns. Harcourt, who is music director in addition to hosting his morning music slot, made a little over $100,000 last year. Across town at KPCC, talk guy Larry Mantle did a little better, with a $115,000 salary.
Our poor guys. We almost feel sorry for them.