Tanna Guthrie returned to the radio Monday — working for the same company she filed an age-discrimination complaint against.
Her new gig is part of an on-air shakeup at soft-rock KUDL-FM (98.1). Guthrie, a 20-year fixture at the old KYYS-FM, is KUDL’s new late-afternoon host, bumping Roger Carson to middays. Midday host Michelle Chase is apparently out.
Rusty Hodge got into Internet broadcasting seven years ago after becoming frustrated with the FM radio stations in San Francisco, where he worked as a Web engineer. His brainchild, SomaFM, started off as a jumble of computers in his garage, streaming music to fans who would send in contributions to support his efforts. Today, Hodge and others like him are caught in the middle of a battle over how much artists and record labels should be compensated for music streamed over the Internet. A recent ruling by a panel of copyright judges, they say, could put them out of business and squelch a key form of innovation just as radio and music companies race to adapt to the rapid changes in the ways people listen to music. “We had the whole the business model worked out, and hoped that I'd be able to support myself on this,” Hodge said. “But then the royalty ruling totally broke our business model.”