Not Even Chain of Command Trumps the Ego

From: Kelly
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:42 AM
To: Tom; John
Cc: Dan; Ross; Monica
Subject: Old Stories on Morning News?

Hi Tom,

As you know, I’m up early and monitor Reno’s Morning News to get a first glimpse of the day’s latest stories…so imagine my surprise when both yesterday and today I heard stories that were more than 4 days old!

On Monday, Ross & Monica read the “Sandoval Wants $5M for Drones” story, which we’d covered the previous Friday and posted Friday on the web news page:

Nevada Wants Drones posted 5/10, 3:43pm.

Governor Sandoval announced Friday that he wants to use $5 million to help the state be selected as one of six US locations to develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones). If the FAA chooses Nevada as a drone development site, it could create thousands of jobs averaging $62K/year, bring $2.5 billion dollars into the state, and deposit $125 million into Nevada’s tax revenue account. (That’s some serious money for the Silver State!)

Then this morning, I’d swear I heard a story that was so old, I’d already scrubbed it from the web news page. It was on FB on Saturday:


Cell Phone Violations — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has already issued 449 citations in the past four months to drivers talking or texting on their cell phones. Nevada State Law prohibits using a handheld cell phone while operating your car, and the fine can be $250. The State’s goal is to have zero fatalities on our roadways. Sheriff Haley believes we can do it, if drivers eliminate distractions and focus on the road.

Just FYI, yesterday we had a record 21 stories posted on the web news page for 5/13… the most stories for one day since we began reporting news on our webpage, so I don’t understand why we’d need to pull old stories for news today… or any day for that matter.

What’s going on?

Social Media Mistress
News Talk 780 KOH


From: Tom
To: Kelly
Cc: Dan
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:08 AM
Subject: RE: Old Stories on Morning News?

Kelly — You’ll have to ask John. –Tom


From: Kelly
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:31 PM
To: John
Cc: Tom
Subject: Re: Old Stories on Morning News?

John, why is Tom saying I’d have to ask YOU why two old stories were used on the morning show this week?

Tom, why are you telling me to ask John? Why can’t YOU just tell me what happened?

This is ridiculous. Could the two of you PLEASE TALK TO EACH OTHER and fix whatever ails you two? Frankly, it is hurting BOTH OF YOU in the eyes of people who have the power to make substantive changes to the KOH newsroom.

Do I have to come down there tomorrow morning with a can of “Killer Kelly’s Wup Ass?”

Love both of you knuckleheads and would hate to lose either of you. You both have such great talents… just wish you were putting them to the betterment of KOH’s timely, accurate and relevant news reporting, instead of pointing fingers at each other.

I feel like I’m at home with warring siblings.

Social Media Mistress
News Talk 780 KOH


From: Tom
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:17 AM
To: Kelly
Cc: Dan; John
Subject: RE: Old Stories on Morning News?

Kelly — The last time I checked — you are not in my chain of command or John’s. You handle the social media stuff, John handles the news content. I simply put the morning shows together. I answer directly to John, Dan and Jennifer. If I am wrong about where you fit into my job requirements and my chain of command, then this needs to be addressed by someone in management. — Tom


From: Kelly
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:56 AM
To: Tom Darby
Cc: John; Dan; Jennifer
Subject: Your response to “Old Stories on Morning News?”



Last time I checked, there is no chain of command when it comes to the friendship and family that makes KOH the unique and exceptional place it is.

I am truly disappointed that you could not see the intent, purpose or value of my email below. There were many other responses you could have made… your choice below was not productive, nor did it support your case for the new role you so clearly covet.

This is not the first time I’ve given you guidance and advice as a friend, to help you more effectively work with KOH staff, so you could accomplish your goals. On several occasions you sought me out, called me at home on weekends and blind-cc’d me to help you better understand what you could do differently to accomplish your goals at work.

You seemed to be blind to job titles on those occasions. Now, suddenly, you throw down the “You’re not my boss” card? Really?

Clearly something has changed, and you are no longer interested in receiving advice or providing information that could assist in your defense.

That’s fine. Just one last helpful hint… if you want to ensure Jen O. gets your emails, you’ll need to spell her last name correctly. I’ve added her to the cc list above, since you wanted her to get your email below.

Social Media Mistress
News Talk 780 KOH

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