Clear Channel Makes Its Annual Layoff Blitz
Clear Channel has begun what has seemingly become its annual reduction-in-force cuts to its employees in many markets today, following murky details about its financial future.
Detroit market manager Nick Gnau summed up the cuts to the Detroit Free-Press as:
Taking advantage of the latest cutting-edge technology and organizational structure so we can continue to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Like every successful business, our strategy continues to evolve. As we move forward as a company this creates some new jobs and unfortunately eliminates others. These are never easy decisions to make.
Among the confirmed departures:
Chicago – Robert Feder reports that Glenn Cosby, night host at Urban AC “V103” WVAZ and Effie Rolfe APD/MD/Middays at Gospel 1390 WGRB were among the four on-air staffers and unknown amount of behind the scenes staffers let go.
Columbus – PD/Middayer Johnboy Crenshaw is out at Country 92.3 WCOL (via @CountryAircheck). The bulk of the airstaff at “Oldies 93.3” WODC is out, including morning host Andy Clark, middayer Amy Donovan, and afternoon host Kevin Kirschner.
Dallas – Alternative “102.1 The Edge” KDGE PD/Middayer Josh Venable is out. Venable also voicetracked middays at KYSR Los Angeles. Also let go were Adrian Hummel and Michael Blake from CHR “106.1 Kiss-FM” KHKS.
Detroit – JAG, the midday host at CHR “Channel 95.5” WKQI tweeted that he was let go. FMQB adds the following Detroit names are also out: Eric Chase, PD/Afternoon host at Sports 1130 WDFN, Frankie Darcell afternoon host at Urban AC “Mix 92.3” WMXD, 106.7 WDTW APD/100.3 WNIC Afternoon Host Kristin Burns, AC “Fresh 100.3” WNIC morning show co-hosts Jenna Cork and Dan Watkins, and Classic Rock “106.7 The D” WDTW afternoon host Dave Dahmer.
Houston – The syndicated Walton & Johnson show is out at Classic Rock “93.7 The Arrow” KKRW along with local producer Josh Reno.
Los Angeles – AllAccess reports that Stella Prado, PD of AC 103.5 KOST is out after 20 years at the station in various roles. Trevor Trent, Imaging Director and middayer at Alternative “98.7 FM” KYSR is gone as well.
Orlando – LT, who was just moved from mornings to nights at Rock 101.1 WJRR tweeted her departure. Midday producer Bull has been let go from Hot Talk “Real Radio 104.1” WTKS-FM, which made the announcement on-air. Also gone from 104.1 is Program Director Katherine Brown and a few other producers. At sister AC “Magic 107.7” WMGF Program Director/Afternoon Host Ken Payne has been let go.
Riverside – Market Manager Bob Ridzak and Rhythmic CHR 99.1 KGGI PD/Afternoon Host Jesse Duran have been dismissed.
Pittsburgh – Flick, APD/MD/Afternoon host at CHR “96.1 Kiss-FM“.
Tampa – NTSMediaOnline has confirmed that Steve Versnick, PD of Talk 970 WFLA and Sports 620 WDAE has been dismissed. APD/Middayer Ryan Nelson and Afternoon co-host Jenny Dean are out at Country “US 103.5” WFUS. Afternoon host Hannah’s Boy Stu departs Urban “95.7 The Beat” WBTP.
Our best wishes go out to all dismissed today, and hopefully there won’t be word from many more markets.