Spanish Broadcasting System has made numerous cuts at its New York cluster.
Sources indicate that more than a dozen staffers were let go from Spanish AC “93.1 Amor” WPAT-FM Paterson and Spanish Tropical “Mega 97.9” WSKQ-FM New York including WSKQ afternoon co-host Janeiro Matos, overnight host DJ Jumpin Jay, weekend host JI Starr and cluster News Director Renato Morffi. Other cuts were made in the programming and promotions departments.
The cuts were made after the station agreed to a new contract with afternoon co-host Frederick ‘El Pacha’ Martinez who had been off the air since mid-December when his contract expired. Diario Libre reports that Martinez settled for under the $5 million salary he had been seeking.
Muy buenos días gente linda feliz viernes social…en vivo por @mega979nyc #lamegamezcla de la 5 ??? quiero decir a todos mis seguidores En las redes sociales gracias por el apoyo y el cariño siempre en los años que llevo en el aire son 14 años que llevo trabajando en esta empresa los quiero mucho Como dice la canción todo tiene su final ?? hasta la próxima New York ??
Well, the end of an era…a really good run on WSKQ Mega 97.9. I had some amazing experiences and several accolades. After 24 years of Spanish radio, I carved a niche bringing a bilingual flow. 24 years, which in radio years is 6 lifetimes, I thrived. Now, onto the next adventure on-air….somewhere meaningful. Thank you Fans and Friends —J.I.Starr El Boricua de New York