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The News-Press has challenged the validity of last week’s union vote, demanding that the NCRB investigate coercive tactics by the union. Less than a week after News-Press workers voted 33-6 to be represented at the bargaining table by the Teamsters, popular News-Press columnist Starshine Roshell resigned Tuesday morning after 11 years on the job. Resigning along with Roshell – who wore an evening gown for the occasion – was illustrator and one-time travel editor Al Bonowitz, who dressed in a tuxedo. Roshell said she stayed on long enough to help vote the union in, but explained she could no longer work for an owner – Wendy McCaw – she did not respect, and who she said did not respect her. Roshell had been stripped of her column in recent weeks, and the union filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board on her behalf, claiming the reassignment was designed to punish Roshell for her pro-union sympathies.

KEYT news anchor Debby Davison transmitted live for the last time on Friday night. Davison retired after 17 years of anchoring the Santa Barbara news in order to have more personal time. She plans to return to the station periodically for special stories.

Early Show listeners tuning in to KTYD last Thursday morning were in for some bad news when host Matt McAllister announced that management wanted to implement some format changes that would involve cutting the number of listener calls and comedy bits in favor of more music. McAllister said he wanted to keep the show the way it is, promised to leave if the format changed, and encouraged listeners to voice their support for his position. On Friday, McAllister – whose contract ends in January – wasn’t on the air; the station ran a “Best of” show instead. When asked to explain, management at Clear Channel (which owns KTYD) offered only a slew of “no comments.” Asked how long the show had been number one in the ratings, Program Director Keith Royer cut the conversation short by replying, “With all due respect, I really have nothing to say about any of this.” (The show has been number one for the eight years McAllister has been with it.) Monday morning, McAllister was back on the air.



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