Saturday, April 02, 2005

Topic: WAMC-FM's salaries.

At not-for-profit radio station WAMC-FM, are executive salaries too high, too low, or about right?
Are staff salaries too high, too low, or about right?
Should executives (or staff) at not-for-profits expect to be paid the same scale as executives (or staff) at for-profit companies?
Your feedback:

12 Comments:

Anonymous Jenny Zim said...

I guess when you have two jobs and use one (non-for-profit) to facilitate the other state job you don't really need to care about the rest of us.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005 4:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting... Especially since I know a number of full time, salaried WAMC employees who have to work two jobs just to pay the rent.

Saturday, November 05, 2005 8:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Muckrakers*R*us said...

Is there no accountability or formula at WAMC for the way salaries are determined? Is the top executive salaries at WAMC really worth an entire fund drive?

Sunday, January 22, 2006 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Shmuckraker,

$160K is NOT an entire fund drive, it's hardly even 25% of one. They routinely raise $600-$700K per drive.

Get your muck straight before you rake it, loser.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 2:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous,
Alan's 160K salary isn't the only executive salary paid at WAMC. I bet if you were to add up what Alan and his top managers take home annually from the station, it would easily surpass the 700K raised in one fund drive. Let's see, there's Alan and Dave Galletly and Debbie Saglimbeni and Selma Kaplan and on and on.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 3:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but don't pick on the sales people, they are probably the only ones at WAMC who earn and deserve their pay, they bring in the money and to a great extent only work on commision, unlike the overpaid weekday early am board ops, over 50K in that situation.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who was picking on sales people? Weekly am board ops make 50K? Wow, I need to switch careers!

Thursday, August 10, 2006 12:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Josh Cohen said...

Yes, just go ask David Guistina how much he makes, he also can be heard each weekday morning, as the board op/news announcer

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 9:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You see most board ops make less then 25K per year, Guistina is another situation, you see he is married to Karen Perozi-Guistina, the former fund drive director that Alan Chartock sexualy harassed, she threatened a lawsuit and Chartock (WAMC) settled out of court by paying her some part of her annual pay.

So it becomes logical that Chartock does not dare touch Guistina, should he fire Guistina there would be no reason not to expose the sexual harassment - and that the payoff came via WAMC funds. If this became public via Guistina Chartock would be finished.

So Guistina works the board most mornings, in part to keep him as far away from Chartock as possible, it must be tense for Chartock, knowing full-well if he does not take care of Guistina then the truth about that whole situaton will come out.

For Guistina is is a form of job security, he has the key in his hand and Chartock knows it.

But I've got news, there is much more Chartock is going to be answering to that will make the Guistina-Perozi issue seem minor.

Senior staff of WAMC know full well of Chartock's activities, they are withholding evidence of all kinds of crimes, mostly tax-related, so they might be in for a tough time as well.

Saturday, October 14, 2006 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So Guistina works the board most mornings, in part to keep him as far away from Chartock as possible"

.. the time line doesn't pan out.

Gustina only started doing the morning thing a couple of years ago. I can't remember who he replaced on the air, but that doesn't matter. From what you have written in your other articles, the law suit threat came years before Gustina took the morning slot. So, what was going on inbetween the lawsuit and the morning switch?

From what I gather, listening to the station over the years, Gustina produced all of Alan's interviews before he moved to mornings.

So, if what you are saying is true, it means Gustina hung around as Alan's producer years after Alan harassed his wife. And only recently did he make the jump to mornings, away from Alan.

That makes no sense. I don't know anybody would work as an assistant to a man who harasses his wife. And for years, no less. Either something is wrong in your analysis, or Gustina is crazy.

Please clarify.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 4:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It makes sense if you are afraid to lose your job, and did nothing at all to cause the situation (vis-a-vis Chartock and the sexual harassment of his wife). As long as Guistina wants his WAMC job, he's got it. If Chartock fires him, or makes it too difficult for him to stay around, then Guistina could go public (on behalf of his wife) and Chartock knows it. Hence the morning position. In other words: out of sight is out of mind. (Also, what else might Guistina know about Chartock's antics at WAMC?)

Yes, Guistina did, and still does, some production, but you answer your own question. Guistina is the early AM board op now. This is after a few years of tension with Chartock in the wake of the sex harassment payoff (a little too close as Chartock's personal producer, perhaps). Consider it.

Probably better now anyway for all this way as AM board op. Why else would Guistina move to what would arguably be a ‘lower’ position as board op, rather than move ‘up-the-ladder’ to the position of producer? That would seem to me to be going ‘backwards’ as a career path at a public radio station.

In addition, board ops generally make less money than producers. Guistina has at least a Masters Degree -- and at least 12 years of radio experience. Whereas, board ops need only a high school diploma and some training. Go figure!

In my view, Chartock is in a tough spot as long as Guistina stays around. I cannot speak to how Guistina actually feels about continued employment with an organization run by a guy who insulted his wife. To me, that speaks more to the issue of self-respect than of mental illness. Then again, a job is a job -- especially if you’re living in the Albany area.

I will state for the record, Guistina did absolutely nothing to deserve the spot he is in. My analysis is that as long as Chartock is around, Guistina will be able to remain at WAMC for as long as he likes. Better him too, I'm done with that place.

Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 5:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I realize the most recent comment was over 3 years ago... but I wanted to point out that David Guistina is NOT a board op. he is a host/producer. The board ops. make MUCH less than that.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009 12:51:00 PM  

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