Clear Channel’s Programming Purge

Clear Channel Layoffs Firings 2011 Restructuring In Force Premium Choice

Clear Channel has begun a major restructuring of its small market stations that will result in more of its Premium Choice programming being heard on more of its stations.

Because we don’t normally cover people moves on a regular basis, we’re going to compile a rundown of detailed reports from elsewhere as well as comment on their lasting effects. For the most detailed list of who’s out, All Access is updating as they come in. Update: A second day list appears here.

Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder explains why these cuts are happening. reports on the departure of a longtime Syracuse, NY host and of others in that cluster.

There has been a format change due to the restructuring as 100.1 WXBT Columbia shifts from Urban to a simulcast of sister News/Talk 560 WVOC.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports on cuts at 1180 WHAM.

Ohio Media Watch runs down who’s out in Northeast Ohio.

Fishbowl NY covers the cuts at CC’s Metro Traffic in New York. has details on the dismissal of KFAB afternoon host Tom Becka.

The Arizona Daily Star lists who is out in Tucson.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel profiles John Laton, who resigned as Clear Channel’s Market Manager for their Iowa stations rather than proceed with today’s cuts. He has since been hired by Adelante Media Group to manage 104.7 WDDW and their television station in Milwaukee.

KRQE reports on the “cancellation” of the Tony Lynn & Myles show at KBQI in Albuquerque.

The Herald-Dispatch reports on one of the cuts in Huntington, WV.

Update 10/27:

The Honolulu Star Advertiser has reports from the far west coast of 9 cuts. (Registration Required)

The Modesto Bee has the cuts in that part of California.

Clear Channel won’t publicly comment on any of yesterday’s cuts, but made sure to get a Press Release out for their new National Programming Platform that will replace many of the people let go yesterday.

Indianapolis Business Journal spotlights the cuts there.

Delaware Online reports on the cut of 1450 WILM host John Watson after 26 years with the station.

Brian Stelter of the New York Times details some of the people cut and the logic behind it.

WREC-TV in Memphis features a video report on how the cuts affected local powerhouse WDIA.

The reports keep coming in from local news sources about the changes. Here’s some from Dayton, Corpus Christi, and Bismarck.

We extend our best wishes to all those forced out at Clear Channel today and hope that somehow this leads to a future turnaround in localism for radio.

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