Latest Clear Channel Cutbacks Underway
October 26, 2011

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 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 (
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 (
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.

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