While attention was made to Clear Channel’s wide-scale layoffs on December 6, it seems that CBS has quietly been making staff cuts as well.
A few more cuts have become public since our first report:
Dallas – AC “103.7 Lite-FM” KVIL morning team Gene & Julie did not have their contracts renewed. Middayer Tony Zazza replaces them.
New York – WCBS-FM APD Lenny Bloch departs. His voicetracked overnight shift was replaced with a live shift hosted by Dave Stewart, formerly of 95.5 WPLJ.
Original List 12/17:
Since December 6 the following on-air talent have been confirmed to be let go from CBS owned stations.
Atlanta – Morning hosts Frank Ski and Wanda Smith are leaving Urban “V103” WVEE after being unable to come to terms on a contract renewal.
Baltimore – JoJo Girard, morning host at Adult CHR “Mix 106.5” WWMX was let go on 12/6. Girard had been with the station since 1994.
Chicago – Eddie & JoBo, morning hosts at Classic Hits “K-Hits 104.3” WJMK. The longtime morning team at sister Rhythmic CHR “B96” WBBM-FM returned to CBS to launch “K-Hits” in March 2011.
Trish Biondo, midday host at Country “US 99.5” WUSN had seen her contract option declined last week, but the decision was reversed and she will remain with the station.
Cleveland – “Trapper Jack” Elliot and Jim “Infoman” McIntyre were let go from the morning show at AC “New 102” WDOK. The duo had been in that timeslot for the past 17 years.
Detroit – Joe Donovan, morning anchor at News 950 WWJ retired after 36+ years at the station. Reporter Florence Walton was also let go from WWJ.
Pittsburgh – John Seibel, afternoon co-host at Sports “93.7 The Fan” KDKA-FM was cut on Tuesday, December 18. Seibel joined KDKA-FM from ESPN Radio to launch the Sports format in February 2010.
Washington – Sports “106.7 The Fan” WJFK midday hosts Mike Wise and Chris Johnson were let go on December 14.