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Buy directly from ENC Press: $15.00 A scathing satire about the current state of the consolidated mainstream broadcast media, an insight into the way the political parties have managed to convert broadcasting into a partisan screech-fest, and a spotlight on who and what really runs the media.

Tom Zagorski was one of the most popular morning radio personalities in Chicago f
trade paperback, 243 pages
Published 2007 by ENC Press
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Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It all started with an office prank—a memo radio DJ Tom Zagorski i sends out from his station’s office in Chicago to the entire Sierra Megamedia Corporation (a media giant that owns not only Zagorski’s radio station, but many others, along with television networks, movie studios, and publishing houses). The memo suggests techniques to save money—like installing security guards to keep employees from stealing office supplies—as well as techniques to raise money, like Nascarization, which basicall ...more
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: x2008-9-season
The rare political novel that can walk the thin line between conservative and liberal partisans, enlighten both, and dissatisfy neither. Set against a backdrop of corporate downsizing and media-industry conglomeration, Kaempfer shines a bright light on the hidden snares and pitfalls of an unregulated fourth estate.
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book about a man who wants nothing more than to be fired. Severance gives an inside look at the inner workings of the media, something I'd never considered before. It somehow manages to maintain bipartisanship without offending one side (conservatives vs. liberals) more than the other. Deepak has to be my favorite character; he's hilarious. A very entertaining read, I recommend this to everyone.
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: satire
Richard Kaempfer’s $everance is a hilarious book that will make readers laugh, nod their heads in agreement and, especially in today’s climate, watch the news with even more skepticism. All Tom Zagorski wants is for his boss, Sherman Rose, to fire him so he can collect his severance check. He creates as much mayhem as he possibly can with the surprising result of landing him a job as COO for Sierra Megamedia Corporation, the company who owns his small Chicago radio station. With a brilliant mix ...more
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
As a public over-saturated with exposure to the media and information being beamed to us from all directions, Rick Kaempfer’s latest book, $everence, provides a hilariously entertaining inside look at the world of politics, persona and media consolidation. Kaempfer doesn’t just ask the question, “What happens when it all goes too far?” but suggests the outcome and it is not pretty.

One of $everance’s greatest advantages in delivering its message is its use of humor and avoidance of dry political
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: journalism pro's/students, DJs, Cubs fans, the FCC & Reagan, satirists
Severance: an indictment of spurious journalism? Check! Severance: a Laodicean account of the annoying nature of political zealots? Check! Severance: a hilarious satire about the trials and tribulations that accompany…trying to get fired? Check!

It’s a battle of attrition for Chicago radio DJ Tom Zagorski and long time on-air partner Richard Lawrence. In a vain corporate attempt to get the duo to quit, relieving the company of their fat severance checks, the once prominent talk radio show now fe
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Richard Kaempfer’s $everance is the type of novel that makes you laugh so hard your sides hurt, but no matter how much you want to stop, you just can’t put it down.

The story revolves around radio DJ Tom Zagorski and his hunt for his severance check. Zagorski’s boss, unwilling to pay 18 months of severance to Zagorski, does everything possible to make Zagorski quit, but it’s to no avail.

In what he thought was a giant stroke of genius, Zagorski sends an office-wide email out, hoping that his antic
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Richard Kaempfer is right in all the wrong ways, and wrong in all the right ways — a task as difficult to accomplish as it is to resist laughing at $everance, a satire whose intention is to tear the mask off of Big Media, but whose effect is even more complex and intriguing. Inspired by Kaempfer’s own dismal experiences with the corporatized telecommunications industry, $everance will be best appreciated by readers who reject the labels of conservative and liberal, but who also deny the lure of ...more
Mark Rayner
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Richard Kaempfer’s $EVERANCE is a spot-on satire of the dangers of media consolidation. It cuts a swath through the evils of corporate America, the shrill inanities of the whole left-right political farce, and the corrupting influence of Wall Street.

The story follows Tom Zagorski, a popular radio DJ in Chicago, who wants his severance cheque. Instead of firing him outright, Zagorski’s boss is doing everything he can to make his life miserable, hoping that Zagorski will simply quit. But the resil
“Severance is a black comedy that takes a on the subject of media moguls and the damage to truth in reporting that has resulted from the consolidation of media outlets. According to author Richard Kaempfer, who spent 20 years or so in broadcast media, the men pulling the strings at the six giant media outlets don’t really care whether their stations are pushing liberal or conservative agendas, because all that really matters to these folks is M-O-N-E-Y. Kaempfer’s take on the situation is amusin ...more
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I found $everance to be a very entertaining, easy read that I was able to finish in only a few days' time.

It is the satirical story of Zagorski, a Chicago morning radio host for a failing station who just wants his severance pay and has met a tough match in the form of a boss who refuses to give it to him and instead is determined to make him quit by making the conditions as horrid as possible.

The book kicks into high gear very early when Zagorski sends an e-mail detailing all kinds of over-the
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn't win this book on Goodreads but ENC press sent me the FB link so that I could read it anyway. I enjoyed it. I think Richard's got a point. There is some scary stuff going on out there.
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
$everance by Richard Kaempfer is a hilarious and pointed satirical novel about the absurd world of media conglomerations. The protagonist, Tom Zagorski, is a morning radio DJ at WCLR, a commercial radio station in Chicago. The station is owned by Sierra Megamedia, who constantly finds ways to cut costs and increase revenues, even when it means reducing the quality of programming and treating their loyal employees like scum. The station manager, Sherman Rose, wants to get rid of Zagorski, but not ...more
Jessica Buike
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
From start to finish, this hilarious romp through the media business will have you chuckling and all-out laughing! There are so many great jokes as you follow an average guy who just wants one thing - to be fired so he can get his severance package - who ends up finding out that life doesn't always work that way, even when you try hard! With plenty of laughs and irony, the action moves from political mumbo jumbo to Ben Hur to ants drowning in organic kool-aid which will keep you on your toes! Th ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book is hilarious. I'm so glad I picked it up. At first I was a little uncertain about it, considering it's about a soft rock DJ. But as soon as I started it, I was sucked in to the amazing, and ridiculous, mind of Zagorski, a man who's very set in his ways, even if his moral compass only points northeast.
Jul 20, 2007 marked it as to-read
i heard kaempfer on chicago's npr - the book sounds amazing (and right up my alley - media studies and all). here is an excerpt:$EV_excerpt.html

i will be buying a copy as soon as my credit card decides to start working again.
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a non stop laugh riot. Actually, the satire is so dead on that it should make you cry. Kaempfer has nailed it.
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious and insightful look into the world of radio.
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