As rumored, Clear Channel has begun another round of staffing cutbacks across the country, primarily in small and midsized markets.
A spokesperson for Clear Channel told FMQB, "We’re launching a new strategy for our regional market radio stations that will improve local programming in smaller markets by using assets and resources in those markets that their competitors don’t have. It reflects new approaches to programming, talent, technology, and other valuable resources – based on Clear Channel’s most effective and efficient stations.
The new strategy leverages Clear Channel Radio’s unmatched resources to serve our local listeners, advertisers and communities better — there will be more localization, not less. At the same time, it offers new opportunities for our best on-air and programming talent to be heard in more places and grow their careers. This new strategy is about doing things differently to help our company grow faster.
We looked at all our regional market stations with a fresh eye to determine how we could respond to the challenges of the marketplace and deliver a much better product to listeners than we have in the past — and better than our competitors can provide. With this new strategy, we'll also generate higher ratings for our advertisers and marketing partners and give our best people bigger roles.
As a policy, we don't discuss internal staffing matters."
Below are the names of some of the CC staffers who were let go today. If you were affected by the cutbacks, and if you would like your name and/or contact information, please contact Joey Odorisio at JOdorisio@fmqb.com to be added to the list below:
AC WRNQ (92.1 Lite FM)/Hudson Valley, NY midday host Michelle Taylor Rock KDJE/Little Rock midday host Kelly Boom Classic Hits KKFG/Farmington, NM midday host Dave Mason Hot AC KKYS/Bryan, TX PD Harold Pressley Classic Hits KODJ/Salt Lake City afternoon host Meredith Wilken CHR KWNW/Memphis morning show producer/night host Ty Hawkins CHR KZCH/Wichita PD Sammy Suarez CHR KZHT/Salt Lake City MD/midday host Tricia Jenkins Active Rock WAMX/Huntington, WV afternoon drive host Brandon Woolum (email@example.com) AC WGSY/Columbus, GA PD Greg Fitzgerald Rock WIOT/Toledo afternoon host & Classic Rock WBWR/Columbus midday host Micki Goldberg Hot AC WKSB/Williamsport, PA midday host Lou Kolb AC WLQT/Dayton MD Brian Michaels Classic Rock WMEQ midday host / AC WISM/Eau Claire, WI morning host Jim Finn Hot AC WMMX/Dayton weekender/production Rick LeBeau Rock WRFY/Reading midday host Nick Harris Classic Hits WRVV/Harrisburg afternoon host/production/traffic person Jeni Gipe Classic Hits WSRZ/Sarasota morning show producer/webmater Chris "Flash" Hengel (firstname.lastname@example.org) Classic Rock WSTZ/Jackson, MS PD/afternoon host Brother Dave Spain Classic Rock WTUE/Dayton on-air host Fester Modern Rock WTZB/Sarasota PD James "Meat" Russell Rock WXEG/Dayton PD Steve Kramer Modern Rock WXSR/Tallahasee PD Matt Knox
Along with multiple off-air employees at CC-Hudson Valley and multple staffers at Clear Channel Traffic as well.