Former Georgia Sen. Chip Rogers’ radio show set to debut
by Joshua Sharpe
July 03, 2013 12:00 AM | 2543 views | 4 4 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two candidates have already stepped forward with plans to seek the state Senate District 21 seat vacated Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), above.<br>Staff/Jon Gillooly
Two candidates have already stepped forward with plans to seek the state Senate District 21 seat vacated Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), above.
Staff/Jon Gillooly
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Seven months after Chip Rogers left his post in the state Senate to take a job with Georgia Public Broadcasting, the public broadcaster announced Friday that the long-awaited radio show hosted by Rogers will debut Thursday.

The announcement comes just a few weeks after progressive advocacy group Better Georgia went after Rogers for taking a $150,000 annual, taxpayer- funded salary from GPB but not yet producing the weekly radio show as promised.

Mandy Wilson, spokesperson for GPB, said Monday that the timing is a “coincidence.”

“We have been planning this for some time,” Wilson said. “We had to get some things in place. We had to go through another hiring process, bringing on a producer that’s doing some operational things.”

Now, with the other producer on board, Rogers’ new radio show, “Georgia Works,” will premiere Thursday at 7 p.m., which will be its weekly timeslot, Wilson said.

Rogers could not be reached for comment.

Wilson said Rogers is “not doing interviews right now.”

“Right now, I think xecwe’re going to get a few shows under our belt and get the premier going and then possibly give a chance to talk about it,” Wilson said.

While Rogers’ new show was in the planning stages, Wilson said the former state senator spent his time doing interviews and blogging for the broadcaster’s website about the employment climate around the state.

“Georgia Works” will be recorded at GPB’s studio in midtown Atlanta and, like Rogers’ blogging, will focus on the state of the job market in Georgia. During the show, Rogers will bring on Georgia-based entrepreneurs and give listeners updates on hiring trends around the state and tips for getting in on the growth, Wilson said.

Rogers said in a release from GPB Friday that he was thankful for the opportunity.

“Everything we do is geared towards supporting the idea that the American dream is alive and well in Georgia,” Rogers said. “I am excited that our new statewide radio program is underway and can play a pivotal role in helping connect Georgians to the chance to improve their lives.”

The announcement of Rogers’s new radio show’s debut comes after months of criticism over his decision in December to leave his elected position in the state Legislature to take the job as an executive producer with GPB.

Rogers received further criticism in January when it was made public that he would be pulling in an annual salary of $150,000, which according to open.ga.gov is more than Gov. Nathan Deal is paid.

In the wake of that news, a veteran GPB producer resigned from the network after 15 years there, citing Rogers’ salary in a time of budget cuts as part of her motivation.

Wilson declined to comment on Rogers’ salary.

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Will the Winner
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July 09, 2013
Awesome! Just in time for football season! Can't wait to see his picks...

Maybe he should do a telethon to pay back all the taxpayer money he wasted for a needless special election since he couldn't make up his mind.

Sorry- I'll not be tuning in anytime soon, Will. But that shouldn't bother you- you're getting PAID regardless, right?
WayxJester
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July 03, 2013
I suggest everyone call in and ask how to get a high paying radio gig with absolutely no experience. If enough of us call in with that question, maybe there will be results
quarterhorselady
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July 03, 2013
If Chip Rogers is such a good radio personality, why isn't he on commercial radio/TV, like when he was hawking a gambling program? I resent MY taxpayer dollars funding HIS highly inflated salary, especially on GPB, which I support for it's unbiased reporting. Now, the bias will be apparent. Chip Rogers, brought a known conspiracy theorist to lecture our elected STATE officials on Agenda 21 and Obama mind control!!! The alarming thing about that is that THEY actually stayed and watched that hooey presented by an obviously flawed man. That is the caliber of our state government. Rogers became the laughingstock (and Georgia, too) of the nation by comedians on late night TV, which filtered over to PRIME TIME national news shows. Wake up Georgia! Take the state back from ignorance and cronyism.
Jon Lester
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July 03, 2013
Whatever the call screener's being paid, every cent of it will be hard-earned, I'm sure.
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