The Names Of Those Affected By CBS Radio Cuts Start To Leak Out
July 19, 2015 at 8:04 PM (PT)
YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 7/13), ALL ACCESS tipped you that the rumors had sadly become reality as CBS RADIO laid off a large number of staffers. There are estimates of as many as 200 or more people now looking for work. Most of those losing their posts seem to be coming from sales and support, but there are some layoffs from the air talent and morning show producer side as well. ALL ACCESS has contacted CBS for a comment. Anyone leaving CBS who would like their departure and contact info announced, just click here.
CHICAGOLAND RADIO AND MEDIA reports, "among those in the CHICAGO market who lost their jobs today are:
- SCOTT PALMER, CBS RADIO/CHICAGO's Automotive Sales Manager. He was responsible for bringing in revenue from the CHICAGOLAND auto dealers. PALMER had been with CBS RADIO since 2008.
- DUSTIN PAUL KAROLEWICZ, WUSN (US99.5) Production Dir. He has been in radio for over 12 years, including almost 10 years with NEXTMEDIA and the last two and a half with CBS RADIO/CHICAGO. He has also served as an instructor for the ILLINOIS CENTER FOR BROADCASTING.
- JUSTYNA SYSKA, WUSN (US99.5) morning show producer. After three years as an associate producer with WLS-TV/ABC 7's "Windy City LIVE," she was recruited to join the US99.5 morning show as a producer in JULY 2014. She also was an on-air and website contributor (as "JUSTYNA the Polish Queen"). After just one year at the station, she has been released.
Seven others, not yet confirmed, appear to include a producer, a promotions person, and others from the sales team. No on-air staffers were released in CHICAGO."
ALL ACCESS hears at least seven have been released at CBS/DALLAS. Most were sales or support, but KLUV/KJKK PD and VP/Programming BYRON “RON” HARRELL is out as well. ALL ACCESS hears KVIL PD JAY MICHAELS adds KJKK (JACK FM) duties, and long-time APD JAY CRESSWELL is promoted to KLUV PD.
Longtime News KYW-A/PHILADELPHIA business anchor VINCE HILL has been laid off after 36 years with the station, according to the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. HILL, anchor of "KYW's OPENING BELL," told the DAILY NEWS that the departure was amicable and he "had no security guards escorting me out of the building" but that the layoff was a surprise and that he was six years from retirement. He continues to teach journalism at TEMPLE UNIVERSITY.
THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH reports KEZK morning host, "VIC PORCELLI was fired today, after more than 20 years on the air in this market."
The paper also notes, "GREG HEWITT, who had been the 3-7p afternoon jock, now is working the morning-drive shift, the station website indicates. Also, KYKY jock BRION O'BRION said he was fired on FRIDAY."
Reach O'BRION at (757) 376-8810 and check out his audio here.
Sports KFNQ-A (AM 1090 THE FAN)/SEATTLE's only remaining local weekday show with STEVE SANDMEYER and JASON CHURCHILL has been let go. SANDMEYER tweeted, "Was informed @1090TheFan will be fully syndicated effective immediately. @ProspectInsider (CHURCHILL) and I are no longer at the station. Thanks to all."
CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS reports that 13 staffers were let go at the DETROIT cluster. Among those exiting was News WWJ-A Digital Reporter ED CARDENAS. Also let go were WWJ afternoon co-anchors JAYNE BOWER and GREG BOWMAN and night anchor PAUL SNIDER, who were given 45 days to consider a "voluntary layoff" offer; WWJ will go to prerecorded reports overnight.
RADIO.COM website editor JEREMY D. LARSON posted a note about his layoff on his personal website, noting that most of his editorial staff, including SHANNON CARLIN, COURTNEY SMITH, ANNIE REUTER, KEVIN RUTHERFORD, SCOTT STERLING, and KURT WOLFF, were also let go. LARSON wrote, "I asked why they were letting us all go, and was told that they were switching from 'original content to aggregated content'." Reach JEREMY at firstname.lastname@example.org.