Skip to comments.Clear Channel Radio personalities let go,Some on-air talent get the axe
Posted on 04/28/2009 8:24:12 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
Radio personalities let go Some on-air talent get the axe
MAITLAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ) - Clear Channel Communications on Tuesday laid off hundreds of employees across the company, including properties in Orlando. CC Media Holdings Inc., the parent company of the radio-and-billboard giant, said it was laying off about 590 people in its radio division and suspending its 401(k) company match.
The layoffs target such areas as programming, engineering and customer service. They come on top of 1,850 layoffs in January, which mostly affected sales. In addition, Clear Channel said it would suspend its matching contributions to employees' 401(k) retirement accounts, effective April 30.
"If the company hits 90 percent of its year-end targets, it will retroactively restore the match," a spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal . "We believe we have got the right structure and staffing levels for current market conditions," said the spokeswoman.
Long-time Orlando radio personality Jim Philips, host of The Philips Phile on Real Radio 104.1, began his afternoon program lamenting the loss of one of his own crew members, Oddo, calling it "heartbreaking." "He has been a major, major reason for the success of this program," Philips added. He said the termination was not performance-based, but simply the result of company-wide cutbacks.
Among other notable on-air personalities who got cut: Bubba "Whoopass" Wilson of the Monsters in the Morning, of Real Radio 104.1 and the Shot Doctor of 540 AM. In addition, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that 106.7 FM morning producer Alex Diaz and Crazy Sam from Rumba 100.3 are departing.
The company first announced a reduction in work force about three months ago, made at the behest of Clear Channel's new owners, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital Partners, who took the company private in a $17.9 billion deal last year.
The Wall Street Journal reported in January that the compnay was planning to lay off about 7% of its U.S. staff and is likely to replace more local shows with syndicated content from the company's Premiere division, which syndicates personalities such as Rush Limbaugh.
The company said in a preliminary filing on April 20, that its first-quarter revenue had plunged 23 percent, to $1.2 billion, while its debt nearly tripled, to about $21 billion. The companys full results, as well as those of its publicly traded Clear Channel Outdoor subsidiary (NYSE: CCO), are scheduled to be released on May 11.
In Orlando, Clear Channel has seven radio stations: WFLF 540 AM , WJRR 101.1 FM , WMGF 107.7 FM , WQTM 740 AM, WRUM 100.3 FM , WTKS 104.1 FM and WXXL 106.7 FM . FOX 35 E-Mail News FOX 35 E-Mail News
Maybe they will put Levin on live across the entire country:)
More Dinosaur Media circling the drain.
Radio isn't Dinosaur Media. Is Rush a Dinosaur?
And the line below from this story does not bode for the industry.
The company said in a preliminary filing on April 20, that its first-quarter revenue had plunged 23 percent, to $1.2 billion, while its debt nearly tripled, to about $21 billion.
Bubba “Whoopass” Wilson of the Monsters in the Morning and Crazy Sam from Rumba 100.3 are unemployed? They aren’t getting 401K matching? I am sooooo sorry for America.
No, Rush is not a dinosaur.
The method of delivery is the dinosaur.
In the very near future, how you get your radio content will be irrelevant. And if you don't think Rush, Hannity, Levin, et al aren't hip to that, then you seriously underestimate their grasp of new media.
Michael Harrison and the folks at Talker's Magazine understand where broadcast media is headed, but there are not many others who do (and, no, I am not a shill for the magazine).
You think radio is “outmoded,” I’d like to know what you think might replace it for, say, my dirve to work in the morning?
Wireless broadband? Maybe someday, but not today, tomorrow, nor anytime real soon.
Kinda hard to listen to the Internet on my car radio, though. That’s what keeps radio alive. I thought satellite might kill it, but they can’t seem to come up with a decent business plan.
The internet, yes. But I don’t know that the competition from the others is great enough yet to make a dent. Heck, the only internet radio I listen to is what I would get outside in my car.
Satellite Radio hasn’t done phenomenally. I think the talent is where the key is. I’ll tune in to Rush and Beck and also listen to Levin, Savage and Hannity (though less so on the last three), and a lot of folks will as well. I don’t listen to Clear Channel’s music stations.
And to their credit, they are trying to innovate. They have HD Radio they are pushing right now.
With my iPhone I have 15 gigs of music and access to thousands of radio stations. And the all of that works in my car.
However, in this day and age, people go to their iPod for music and the Internet for news.
If Clear Channel is 21 Billion in the Red, they had better innovate and innovate fast.
Very true. Or downsize, like they are doing. I know of a several channels that aren’t on all day and night. Pick your top talent and go with it.
In Canada, where there is not a robust conservative talk format, AM radio is already in the tank. And that is where AM radio will be when there is no conservative talk radio here (think Fairness Doctrine).
There used to be a big faction of Clear Channel that voted and donated to the GOP...but that broke off a few years back and started going Dem for some reason.
There will still be terrestrial radio. However, radio listeners will be made up primarily of those above age 55 and those are not the people that advertisers want to reach.
Scrapping NPR would have been a much more satisfying cutback.
If they have 7 stations in Orlando, a mid-sized market, then maybe they could shed themselves of some of these stations for quick cash?
Clear Channel bought a modern rock station in my city and turned into total crap. One of the best stations in it’s genre in this part of the country at one time, ratings have fell through the floor.
I want to see Clear Channel fail for making bad business decisions.