Clear Channel Makes Cuts In A Number Of Markets
March 30, 2012 at 12:11 PM (PT)
Word is filtering in from a growing number of CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT radio markets of a lot of downsizing taking place.
ALL ACCESS contacted CLEAR CHANNEL, and VP/Marketing & Entertainment ANGEL ARISTONE confirmed the layoffs: "We are constantly evaluating our organization and structure to make sure we are as well positioned as possible to continue to lead in the evolving marketplace.
"We’ve been looking closely at our business to ensure that we are properly staffed and operating as efficiently as possible with the right balance of services and personnel to meet the needs of our listeners/consumers. Like every successful business, our strategy continues to evolve as we move forward as a company and that creates some new jobs, and unfortunately eliminates others.
"Some employees were effected; these are never easy decisions to make."
ALL ACCESS has some specifics on departures in some markets:
In DETROIT, Top 40 WKQI and Classic Rock WDTW Creative Services Dir. JOE ROSATI, who also did middays on WKQI, is now available at (908) 447-1679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In CLEVELAND, seven people (which included some part-timers) left the building, including NTR Dir. JEN BLACK, WTAM SATURDAY host BOB BECKER and long-time sales assistant KATHY SEMAN.
In NASHVILLE: Talk WLAC-A PD TOM PEACE (email@example.com,  456-9071) is out, as is Top 40 WRVW MD/night personality BUTTER. Reach BUTTER at (931) 637-0558 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also leaving are Internet staffers RANDY MALLORY (email@example.com) and QUINCY BESAW, the latter who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rocker WNRQ (105.9 THE ROCK) MIKE CREEL (email@example.com, 615-300-2710), as well as ANDIE LYNNE who was Promotions Dir., are out. Reach her at (615) 568-0044 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In CINCINNATI, Digital Sales Manager MARK BIANCHI exits after more than 12 years with the company. Reach him at email@example.com.
In MILWAUKEE, veteran Country WMIL personality MITCH MORGAN, Urban WKKV personalities DJO and DJ HOT SAUCE and Talk WISN producer JASON BOOTH are out.
In JACKSONVILLE, Classic Hits WJGH morning host JOHN THOMAS bid adieu on his FACEBOOK page. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Joining JT on the beach are afternoon host TONY MANN and PD NEAL SHARPE, who can be reached at email@example.com.
In PORTLAND, Talk KEX-A's JEFF KIRSCH and News anchor MARY LOOS have exited, as has KEX-A and sister Talk KPOJ-A Promo Dir NATE LARSEN.
In LOUISVILLE, Top 40 WNRW Nights/Imaging Dir DIAZ can now be reached at ChrisDiaz00@gmail.com.
WNCI/COLUMBUS APD/MD/Imaging Dir./night stud SEAN CAGE has been downsized. Reach CAGE at (651) 308-9723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also out in COLUMBUS: Production Dir. DENNIS CAMETTI, Imaging Specialist DEAN HEID, Sports WTVN-A sportscaster DAN WATSON, and newsperson MATT DEMCZYK. And, TOTAL TRAFFIC's PAM SPENCER and CHUCK DOUGLAS are leaving. WBWR and WCGX Promotions Dir. DAN VAN DEUSEN is looking for any opportunities; reach him at email@example.com or (614) 389-0122.
In WEST PALM BEACH, Classic Hits WOLL PD JODI STEWART is out (firstname.lastname@example.org), as are Marketing Dir. CINDE MARTIN, Exec. Assistant MAUREEN McMAHON and part-timer JAY ZEAGER.
In OKLAHOMA CITY, Country KXXY morning co-host DAN STROUD of "BILL, PATTI & DAN" leaves after over 31 years at the station. Contact him at Skyjock@prodigy.net or (405) 721-7328. Talk KTOK-A/ afternoon host GREG "EGGMAN" MOORE -- email email@example.com and (405) 206-9136 and News Dir. JERRY BOHNEN are also looking for work.
Sports simulcast WPOP-A/HARTFORD and WAVZ-A/NEW HAVEN producer and on-air personality RICHARD COOKE has been let go; he's at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOTAL TRAFFIC/LOS ANGELES Manager/Traffic Ops DON BASTIDA exits
TOTAL TRAFFIC/MINNEAPOLIS has been shuttered, and a number of people have departed, including Manager of Traffic Operations JOHN MICHAELS. Reach out to MICHAELS at email@example.com or (612) 747-7746.
TOTAL TRAFFIC/MILWAUKEE laid off most of its staff, except for Manager/Traffic Operations DICK ALPERT.
TOTAL TRAFFIC/NASHVILLE bids adieu to LAVERN VIVIO (U-TURN LAVERN), JOHN NAGARA, JAY PHELPS and RUTHANNA FLETCHER.
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