Notes from Troy Johnson: Why Fox Rox Was Cancelled 03.14.07
Editors Note: Troy sent us a few emails explaining what happened. Thanks for the great run.
Ratings, Homes, Ratings. That's why. No title sponsor. Twas a good run.
To clarify... I wasn't even going to report on Fox Rox' death in CityBeat. I always thought that was a conflict of interest, so I rarely, if ever, reported on what Fox Rox was doing. Didn't want to be putting my own shit in there when local bands deserve the press. But my editor emphatically asked me at the last-minute to write an OBIT... so I obliged. Wasn't really meant to be a "news" story--since it's impossible to be objective about your own show--it was more of an ode...
Basically, Fox Rox has always been done with a producer and an editor who always work on other projects for Fox. That way, we weren't having three people ONLY hired to do Fox Rox. Well, this year our department at Fox, called "Local Programming," stopped doing documentaries. So there were two people hired full time, with benefits, ONLY doing Fox Rox. Then plus my freelance rate (which was nothing extravagant, but still another cost). When that happened, I knew it was only a matter of time. We could have been sustainable if it was just my freelance rate and the producer (Scott Richison) and the editor (Jacquie Bazinet-Tolsen) were also producing other work for the station. But when that "other work" dried up, we went down with it