CBS Radio Cuts Back Workforce
July 12, 2006 at 3:54 PM (PT)
ALL ACCESS has learned that CBS RADIO has cut a reported 115 employees from its payroll.
A memo from JOEL HOLLANDER tells employees "as you may have heard, this afternoon we gave notice to a number of our colleagues at CBS RADIO. This step is part of an initiative designed to manage costs as we move to reshape and restructure our radio group. Reducing headcount is never easy, and as we do so, I want to assure you of several things. First, this is an altogether necessary step, one designed to ensure our competitiveness and position us for future growth in a changing business. While any number of such cutbacks is painful, today’s move affects a small overall percentage of CBS RADIO employees, and I don’t anticipate additional plans along these lines.
"As I said, the radio business is changing, and we have to change with it. There is increased competition for our listener’s attention, and we must deploy our resources wisely and aggressively if we are to succeed and grow. Across the nation, we are responding with programming and format changes at many of our stations, and working to bring our message to our audience with expanded and creative marketing initiatives."
HOLLANDER did not specify the number of employees headed out the door, but REUTERS reports that the number is approximately 115 of the company's over 8.500 employees.
Confirmed departures include:
-- CBS RADIO President/Programming ROB BARNETT
-- Adult Hits WCBS-F/NEW YORK CITY GM CHAD BROWN
-- Alternative KROQ/L.A. GM TRIP REEB
-- News-Talk KRLD-A/DALLAS Pres.-GM JERRY BOBO
-- Talk WJFK/WASHINGTON DC PD GREG GILLISPIE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
-- WOGL/PHILADELPHIA GSM ED DELLER
-- Oldies WJMK-HD2/CHICAGO personalities DICK BIONDI, FRED WINSTON, and GREG BROWN
-- KHTK-A-KYMX-KZZO/SACRAMENTO Station Manager MICHAEL HERNANDEZ
-- Hot AC WBMX (MIX 98-5)/BOSTON Dir./Marketing ANNE-MARIE KENNEDY (email@example.com)
-- News/Talk WBZ-A/BOSTON LSM MIKE MARCELLO
-- Classic Rock WZLX/BOSTON RSM ALISON SAWHILL
-- Oldies WODS/BOSTON RSM JORDI CHAPDELAINE
At CBS/SAN FRANCISCO, the following staffers are departing:
-- Talk KIFR KCBS-A VP/GM KEN KOHL
-- News KCBS-A & KIFR NSM VICKY BIGGS
-- Dir./NTR KARI FULTON
-- Manager/NTR CARI LEVINE
-- Alternative KITS Chief Engineer KENT YEGLIN
-- Classic Hits KFRC & KIFR Controller HERB ANDERSON
-- A's Sales Manager MARK SILVERSTEIN
-- KCBS-A Promotions Asst. ANGELINA FONG
-- Business Dept. staffers JAY VONG and JASON LEE
STEVE DINARDO will add VP/GM duties for KIFR, while GREG NEMITZ will oversee Podcast-format KYCY-A (KYOU RADIO).
Stayed tuned for more as we receive word.