I also get the idea that she was caught unawares. I mean, she posted a picture from work earlier that day of donuts that were brought in by Doomtree. Doesn't seem like something that a person would do on the day they know they're getting the ax.
I can kind of understand that from MPR's side, though.
You probably don't want to let someone go and then be like "Oh, but can you still do your shift?" That seems kind of wrong, plus it's probably not a great idea to hand someone a live mic in that situation.
OTOH, you don't want to have someone show up for work and be like "Go home, you're fired" because then they'd be like "Well, why'd I have to come to work then?"
So it seems like the only way you can do it is right after they finish their shift.
Of course, the easiest and best way to avoid the whole thing is just by not doing something stupid and letting go of Babs in the first place.
I get the feeling they were looking for a younger crowd. Which is almost certainly not going to work. But on air radio seems like it is dead anyway.
I would think Babs would be a great candidate for an internet gig, having worked in two markets both of which drew internet listeners. Her show was the only time I listened to The Current, which had become increasingly bad over the last few years.