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680/The Fan’s Chadd Scott said he was fired for Tweets about Delta Air Lines

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Chadd Scott, who does sports updates for 680/The Fan, said he was fired today for negative Tweets about Delta Air Lines, a major sponsor at the station.

In a text message this evening, he said he was informed about Delta’s unhappiness when he was dismissed by the Fan.

The Fan president David Dickey confirmed that Scott has been let go but declined to say why.  “He’s a good guy and we wish him well,” he said. I’ve also checked with Delta Air Lines and am awaiting a response. (As of 7:19 p.m. Tuesday, I had not heard back from Delta.)

Scott, who has worked at 790/The Zone, Colin Cowherd and Michael Savage in the past, complained about a Delta delay Monday in St. Louis on his Twitter page and the fact they didn’t have enough de-icing fluid. Within a few hours, he was let go from the Fan, where he does sports updates for the station’s afternoon shows and produces the Chuck & Chernoff show. Here’s a sample Tweet from yesterday: “the bean counter who saved delta a few bucks in st. lou hoping he wouldn’t need more de-icing fluid this year screwed a lot of people today”

He apparently deleted this particular tweet after the fact but someone did save it. This is the one that probably got him in trouble because he referenced Buck Belue’s endorsement deal with Delta:

“hey @buckbelue8 ur boys at #delta have botched my travel – & thousands of others – miserably today. may want 2 rethink that endorsement.”

Scott said in a text that the Fan requested he delete that tweet above so as not to threaten Belue’s endorsement or the salesperson’s commission. He complied.

At the time this happened, he had about 800 followers. (As of 7:15 p.m. today, he has 1,085.)

Scott began working at the Fan in October, 2008.

Here are some of Scott’s Tweets today:

I value honesty, openness & your follow-ship. I want 2 inform u I was fired from my radio job Monday for tweets critical of Delta Airlines.

Delta leaned on my station threatening to pull advertising after I tweeted travel difficulties in AM.

While pressure from mutli-billion $ company got me canned, at least I added @deltassist as a Twitter follower. #winning

I don’t blame radio station, huge company threatened to pull advertising $$$. I was easy sacrifice.

To prove I can take as good as I give, I’d like 2 applaud myself 4 being fired on an “off day.” #rare Almost Costanza-ish

The message 4 media: companies r monitoring social media, they have 0 sense of humor & will use power 2 silence critics no matter how small

So if you are a radio station looking for someone w/ 10 yrs network & major market experience, or need some yard work done, I’m available.

Join my Facebook fan page and Twitter.

By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

243 comments Add your comment

joe

March 15th, 2011
4:36 pm

Wow, how wil chuck n chernoff shurvive? Dem boyz don’t kno whit buttins to poosh.

Jam Pony

March 15th, 2011
4:37 pm

Double D is all about the money… Saltzy over at 790 will take you in a heart beat. Good ole Buck & Kincaid could’nt help you huh! LOL !!! Damn, and on your day off…

Neil form Tucker

March 15th, 2011
4:45 pm

Good riddance!
Chadd was an insufferable D-bag!
The Mitch is a much better compliment to the best radio show in the ATL.

McPants

March 15th, 2011
4:47 pm

This is why you secure your twitter account and don’t allow just anyone to see it #lessonlearned

Wreckbuzz

March 15th, 2011
4:48 pm

Thanks for putting this story out there Rodney. I know Delta has been or maybe still is an advertiser at the AJC and if they’d get Chadd Scott fired, maybe they would try to pressure the AJC too.

Delta needs to apologize to Chadd Scott and ask 680 The Fan to reinstate him. No other result is acceptable.

Good Kid

March 15th, 2011
4:49 pm

And the update guy this afternoon dropped the F bomb while trying to say, “Mark Fox.” C&C even replayed it back to him before their show ended.

Slugger

March 15th, 2011
4:50 pm

Wow it sure if funny how stories get twisted. Here is one of @chaddscott original tweets that was deleted. This guy has a history of popping off and making dumb comments. Not his first time. Wonder if he will learn?

“hey @buckbelue8 ur boys at #delta have botched my travel – & thousands of others – miserably today. may want 2 rethink that endorsement.”

Dave Metcalf

March 15th, 2011
4:53 pm

It’s pretty sad that Delta would pressure 680 over a few ranting complaints. People rant on Twitter all the time. No offense to Chadd but I don’t think he is big enough to bring Delta down.

Benjamin

March 15th, 2011
5:10 pm

Slugger, you’re monitoring/saving his tweets?

[That tweet, by the way, was included in the article.]

Im luvin it

March 15th, 2011
5:10 pm

What ever happened to free speech!!! Take 680 the fan to court!!!

Don't Like Bullies

March 15th, 2011
5:15 pm

Chadd Scott was a good man! I hope he winds up at 790 The Zone where I will be listening from now on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

atl sports

March 15th, 2011
5:31 pm

Slugger has time to monitor all tweets. Pretty funny repeating a “secret” tweet referenced in the article.

Media Maven

March 15th, 2011
5:40 pm

I heard The Mitch live today….he DID NOT drop the f-bomb in pronouncing Mark Fox’s name….they edited it to sound that way. I hope they bring Mitchie on fulltime…he has a history with C&C and B&K, is the consummate pro, and having him on fulltime would no doubt add some humor to both shows. Chadd Scott….what a dumb ass.

fred

March 15th, 2011
5:54 pm

Good for Delta, this guy sounds like a moron. Complaining about a flight being delayed via twitter?

observor

March 15th, 2011
6:04 pm

The funniest thing to me about this whole situation, is he took vacation time to go to St. Louis so he could lift weights. If the dork didn’t waste his vacation on such pointless endeavors, this would of never happened.

observor

March 15th, 2011
6:05 pm

Of course, I guess taking a vacation for weight lifting is nearly as lame as taking a vacation to go bird watching, which he did a few months back.

It better to sit there an look like an idiot than open mouth and remove all doubt

March 15th, 2011
6:08 pm

“What ever happened to free speech!!! Take 680 the fan to court!!!”

Well ” Im luvin it” How about heading back to McDonalds.

The first amendment protects “free speech” from “Government interference” no one else. . If you are dumb enough to piss your boss, then absent a signed contact your mostly likey gone, even on your day off.

clix

March 15th, 2011
6:10 pm

I always wondered if his handwriting was bad or he didn’t look over his notes before the updates. seemed to struggle and stumble through much of it. all in all seemed like a decent cuss but was very unprofessional in his presentations.

2nd Cup

March 15th, 2011
6:13 pm

Tweeters in general have rotten handwriting. I don’t have Twitter. A total and colossal waste of time.

Screw Delta

March 15th, 2011
6:20 pm

Just shows how f’ed up Delta is. I stopped flying them when they deleted 23 yrs worth of miles simply because I didn’t fly for 2 yrs (gee… perhaps because AirTran flys for 1/3 the price??)

Now I have another reason for big blue to die and go away — which will come soon enough when SWA comes to Atlanta!!!

Burman Fisher

March 15th, 2011
6:23 pm

David Dickey has no cojones! He should have told the Delta person applying the pressure to go to hell and take his advertising elsewhere. I flew Delta to NY and back last week with my family — what a crummy airline — they’ve deteriorated to a 2nd class outfit.

SalMonela

March 15th, 2011
6:29 pm

Chad has every “right” to say what he did, but when he uses the pulpit of his twitter account (which lets face it, nobody would follow if it weren’t for his radio station gig) to bite the hand that feeds him, he has to accept that free speech can carry consequences. Kinda like Charlie Sheen bashing his producers. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

SpaceyG

March 15th, 2011
6:30 pm

Someone working for NPR (still) recently called the NPR Board a bunch of *pus*ies.* On-air. Compared to the suits at 680 the NPR Board looks like Charlie Sheen.

Biff Tannen

March 15th, 2011
6:32 pm

Slugger is a slug. LOL

Mike

March 15th, 2011
6:34 pm

I know I always fly only Delta because Buck Belue tells me how great they are. I came to that decision while eating at the Firkin and Gryphon. I felt safe because my dog was at Man’s Best Friend and my home was being protected by Ackerman security. Thanks advertising. I use these products because my trusty host over at 680 tell me how great they are and I know I can trust them because companies pay them money.

Seriously, who reads Chadd Scott or Buck Belue’s twitter pages? Rather sketchy/big brothery of the idiots at Delta. Shouldn’t they be focused on making new ways to have more late flights than any other airline while nickel and diming people to death?

Shame on Dickey broadcasting and Delta. Ohh…and Chadd is a moron for doing this.

Lost In Translation

March 15th, 2011
6:39 pm

This is the problem with Twitter, Facebook, Email, Texting…..messages get lost in translation. Chad thought he was being humorous, well obviuosly the humor was lost in the 140 chracters he had to post his message. companies are all about emailing to get messages across, when verbal communication should come into play more often. Either way, hiding behind written words to get your point across, as in twitter, is pretty lame. Think chad would have walked up to the girl at the airport who was eating the candy and told her it would have helped with her stomach as he pointed out in his tweet??? I’m going to guess probably not. Getting good information from reporters on twitter is one thing, following guys who just spout off to be shocking is another. How many times do we see people getting pointed out for making foolish remarks on twitter or facebook….A TON! It’s just all about common sense…period!

JAS

March 15th, 2011
6:41 pm

Just curious, has anyone from 680 or Delta confirmed or even commented any of this? Or is this just one fired twit and the Delta-hating AJC’s word against….no ones?

bob

March 15th, 2011
6:49 pm

Chad should be ashamed for getting the reference wrong, getting fired on your day off is a Friday(movie) reference, not seinfeld, booo chad…… But everyone should tweet until delta gets 680 to re-hire the guy!

And screwdelta, I too lost tons of skymiles because I didnt fly for a few years, I never knew they went bad and thought I had them until I tried to fly again, yeah I avoid delta every chance I get and now that we got southwest coming in here we can avoid them even more.

RomeDawg

March 15th, 2011
6:54 pm

I love that Delta pushing their weight around just keeps the bad publicity in the media. Face it, Delta has long been known for poor customer service by those of us that travel regularly.

I do think Chadd’s tweets were not very well thought but firing the guy seems a bit…premature.

JAS, are you naive enough to think either party you mentioned would ever comment on this matter. The only information we can be left to go with is what Chadd’s latest tweet implied, which going by his previous tweet, probably reeks with honesty.

straightshooter

March 15th, 2011
6:55 pm

He was able and did excercise his right to free speech and he faced the consequences of that free speech. You can spout off whatever you want, but be prepared for the consequences

Bustin' Loose!

March 15th, 2011
7:21 pm

Unbelievable. Delta is such a half-assed organization, what a bunch of bitches. They should have apologized for the terrible service.

In this economy, to get hired for telling the truth is a little alarming. Hope the guy finds a new gig. Will probably become a celebrity because of this.

Bustin' Loose!

March 15th, 2011
7:22 pm

fired, excuse me

680 Fan

March 15th, 2011
7:22 pm

Chad obviously wasn’t thinking – poor guy. Mitch Evans is better than anyone in ATL radio – he brings passion and energy to everything he does! Bring back The Mitch! Bring back The Mitch – he deserves to be back on air in afternoon drive!

RoadDawg

March 15th, 2011
7:25 pm

I fly Delta pretty much weekly, get quick customer service when I call or email them, and as for delays…they HAPPEN. No airline is immune to delays, and when your main hub is at the busiest airport in the world, you’re more likely to have system delays, just b/c of volume.

As far as you people that lost your miles…have you ever heard of READING your user-agreements? I find it difficult to believe that Delta would just willy-nilly take your miles away, without a policy in place to handle the situation. Yes, their old policy sucked…which is why they changed it. Caveat emptor…dummies.

Who is Chad Scott anyway?

March 15th, 2011
7:30 pm

You’re ignorance towards corporate monitoring of social media is astounding considering who your past employer was. I say good for 680/The Fan for being able to cut-loose such an ignorant employee. Besides, really, you bash Delta – in Atlanta – while you work for a company that accepts ad dollars from them? D.U.M.B.

Mike

March 15th, 2011
7:35 pm

How did 680/Delta find out about this? Did Buck turn him in?

JacketFanMarcus

March 15th, 2011
7:42 pm

Kind of silly forcing a company to fire someone for some silly little statements. An over reaction by Delta. Very stupid. Just suspend the kid and keep it moving.

As a former Gold Medallion member who was finally happy when AirTran started direct flights w/ business class to California, now I go with has the best price, which is usually Airtran….

radioBoy

March 15th, 2011
8:09 pm

mcPants only has it half right — y’all need to be extremely careful what you tweet. if i think there’s even a remote possibility a boss or some1 of importance could use it against me, i don’t tweet it. plain and simple common sense people. i used to work for the dickeys, they’re extremely loyal and good to their employees, but they answer to advertisers who throw big money at them. and i don’t blame them a bit

Rodney Ho

March 15th, 2011
8:11 pm

He hashtagged Delta on Twitter and someone at Delta obviously monitors references to the company on social media.

Chuckles™

March 15th, 2011
8:17 pm

I hate to see self-induced career changes. I wish Chadd the best of luck finding work in this market. He’s talented, and a nice listen.

As for going back to DaZone, you never know. They’ve been down to Steakie doing updates at times when things were REALLY lean, but now that Lincoln Financial owns things, they might look into his services now that he’s a free agent again.

As for The Mitch – you gotta love him. And, as a bonus, Mike Bell can do his ‘Mitch & his Wife’ bits again, now that he’s got the potential for a permanent gig. “Oh geezzzzzeee, hunneeeeee”…

Chi Town

March 15th, 2011
8:25 pm

Who cares? This guy was the biggest douche bag on the radio.

Isnt he a Barner?

Mike

March 15th, 2011
8:29 pm

Thanks Rodney.

To me it comes across like an overreaction on Delta’s side but a tremendously stupid error on Chadd’s side.

People have their opinion made on an airline like Delta based on Delta performance…not some random AM radio update guy that had a bad experience.

Sad on both sides.

side note:

Did the Shaggy guy from 790 ever land a new job?

i know

March 15th, 2011
8:41 pm

There’s a whole department of people at Delta that monitor social networking sites.

Jason T

March 15th, 2011
8:42 pm

Just a dumb ass move by a $30K ( maybe) sports dude who thinks he’s so important that he tweets crap like he did. Guess what, delays happen and you think your inconvenience requires you to slam the airline.? Hope lesson learned and you get over your self import attitude, kudos to DD for blowing his butt out.

WTF??

March 15th, 2011
8:49 pm

I understand the corporate sponsorship courtesy thing, but in the end, the guy got fired for telling the truth. Delta’s a joke. Snatch him up, 790. Chadd’s too edgy to be on 680 The Dud anyway.

Rodney Ho

March 15th, 2011
8:50 pm

@Slugger Thanks for saving that. I have now posted it… the fact Chadd hashtagged Delta certainly made it easier for them to track.

Steak Sauce

March 15th, 2011
8:53 pm

Chad Scottttt, “thee” bum got ran, good. He got on my last nerve. Also, listen to Mitch Evans with headphones on someday and you’ll kill yourself. He talks right up till he almost passes out, then this LONGGGGG inhale of breath, and does it over and over. Both of them got hold my jock, cha cha. I’m off to the Palm with Sophie.

yellafella

March 15th, 2011
8:55 pm

em i love delta

TG

March 15th, 2011
9:05 pm

This is making me laugh. Let’s get real, people. Just about all of us have done what he did! Everybody has tweeted a complaint or put it on Facebook. He has every right to speak his mind.

Yes, it wasn’t the smartest thing to do but what he said was true. They were out of de-icing fluid in a major city that has snow/ice on an almost daily basis in the winter. Dumb move on Delta’s part and a legitimate gripe.

What I find appalling is Delta acting like a big bully. They make themselves look like an immature tween boy who gets his kicks from beating up on everyone. To make this big of a deal out of it makes them appear incredibly petty and thin skinned. If everyone even remotely connected with Delta makes a complaint, are they going to get all of them fired, too? Is this guy’s opinion that important?

Seems like their energy would be better spent on actually doing their jobs right so complaints like this wouldn’t be made in the first place.

Marty

March 15th, 2011
9:11 pm

Delta just plain sux. I quit flying on them long ago. Won’t be picking them back up any time soon. I get reminded each day why I do not deal with them when I come to work because my employer has hired many of them and they are not the brightest bunch.