The president of several Portland radio stations is no longer working for the company, the latest of several high-profile changes and firings at the stations over the last few months.
The “departure” of Bob Adams as president and general manager of the Portland Radio Group was prompted by the stations’ need for a “more defined growth pattern,” according to a memo sent to employees by Saga Communications, the group’s Michigan-based parent company. The memo called Adams “a fine, dedicated, career long broadcaster who all of us like and respect.” He had worked for the company for more than five years.
After being laid off, Kirshbaum posted a message on Facebook asking her supporters – who were angered by the move – not to boycott or protest the stations. In her post, she called the Portland Radio Group’s management and staff “wonderful people” who “had nothing to do with my termination.” On Tuesday, Kirshbaum referred questions about Portland Radio Group and Adams’ departure to her lawyer, David Webbert.
Webbert called Adams’ departure an “abrupt termination, without cause” and part of a pattern of age discrimination by the company. He said Saga has been using “excuses” to push out older, veteran employees like Kirshbaum, 66; Altshuler, 67; and McDonald, 75, without cause. He said Adams, who has worked in radio for 27 years, may fit the pattern. Webbert said he plans to cite age discrimination when he files a complaint on Kirshbaum’s behalf with the Maine Human Rights Commission.