Letter To Feder Gets Chi-Town Jock Canned
October 5, 2006 at 6:28 AM (PT)
EMMIS Classic Rock WLUP (THE LOOP)/CHICAGO has severed ties with weekend/swing jock CARA CARRIVEAU, apparently because of her letter to the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES that appeared in ROBERT FEDER's column of reader mail recently.
Characterizing the letter as "the last straw" in a deteriorating relationship (CARRIVEAU was replaced in middays at THE LOOP last MARCH), VP/GM MARV NYREN told FEDER, "I don't think CARA is a fan of what's happening here. I have no problem with my people talking to you, but I want to have people here who believe in our industry and believe what we're doing is right."
In her letter to the SUN-TIMES, CARRIVEAU said, "It's unbelievable how many CHICAGO radio icons are not currently on the air in this town. It's amazing that we can no longer flip through the dial and hear MANCOW, JOHN LANDECKER, FRED WINSTON, DICK BIONDI, BOBBY SKAFISH, among many others. My heart goes out to those talented personalities, and I am empathetic to the many disappointed listeners. This situation is sad. Very, very sad."
CARRIVEAU is now questioning whether free speech exists in the industry, noting that she "did not speak negatively about any person or company." EILEEN WILLENBORG, Executive Director of AFTRA's CHICAGO local, has taken up the case, saying, "We are investigating the situation, and we are in communication with the company's attorneys."
NYREN said that he and PD TIM DUKES felt there were "more talented" people than CARRIVEAU who deserve opportunities for part-time positions at THE LOOP -- including longtime MANCOW sidekick JEFF "TURD" RENZETTI, who is auditioning for CARRIVEAU's shifts. "I'm a big fan of TURD," added NYREN.