CBS Makes Pre-Holiday Layoffs In Multiple Markets
Update 12/30: More cuts have come to a few CBS clusters.
In Chicago, two veteran air-personalities are out. Robert Feder reports that AAA 93.1 WXRT night host Tom Marker has had his position elimnated after 33 years at the station. At sister Country 99.5 WUSN, midday host Trish Biondo didn’t have her contract renewed after 27 years at the station.
Update 12/18: The end of the year has led to job cuts at multiple CBS clusters.
Sports “93.7 The Fan” KDKA-FM has set a few lineup changes following its cuts earlier in the week. Former Pittsburgh Steelers Punter Josh Miller will move from afternoons to mornings joining incumbent Gregg Giannotti and update anchor Jim Colony. Chris Mueller and Joe Starkey will remain in afternoons, while night host Andrew Fillipponi will move to middays to join Ron Cook. Colin Dunlap will move from 10pm-2am to 6pm-10pm.
Original Report 12/17: At Sports “93.7 The Fan” KDKA-FM Pittsburgh morning co-host Paul Alexander and midday co-host Vinnie Richici are both out according to Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. PBRTV.com adds that 1020 KDKA reporter Adam Kirk was also let go.
In Chicago, Robert Feder reports that four sales staffers have been let go, with an additional two cuts coming before the end of the year. ChicagolandRadioAndMedia.com states that “B96” WBBM-FM imaging director Michael Horn departed after 19 years with the station.
LARadio.com notes that four staffers were let go in Los Angeles last week following year-end budgetary reviews. Among the cuts in the market were KRTH morning newscaster Bob Malik, KNX traffic reporter Tommy Jaxson, as well as one member of the traffic/continuity department and one engineer.
In Atlanta, Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Crash Clark and Kendra G of Urban “V103” WVEE’s Ryan Cameron morning show have exited.
Also let go last week was Rhythmic 95.5 WPGC Washington, DC PD Jason Kidd.