Budget Ax Swings At Clear Channel/Chicago
December 4, 2007 at 5:40 AM (PT)
Declaring itself more than just "a radio company," CLEAR CHANNEL/CHICAGO trimmed at least four staffers from its programming payroll MONDAY to shift its resources to Internet and sales ventures, reports ROBERT FEDER in THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Topping the list was ARMANDO RIVERA, whose APD/MD position was dropped at Urban AC WVAZ (V103).
VICTOR "THE DIZ" BLACKFUL, a veteran of Urban WGCI, was laid off as evening personality. Replacing him alongside FRANKIE ROBINSON will be LEON ROGERS, who had been morning traffic reporter.
At Top 40 WKSC (KISS 103.5), ALEXX DUPRI is out as overnight personality. To cover some of DUPRI's former hours, BILLY HAMMOND's late-night show will be extended. Also at KISS, PETE GALLINDO is out as producer of KEVIN "DREX" BUCHAR's morning show. An additional position of event manager in CLEAR CHANNEL's promotion department also was eliminated.
Explaining the layoffs, Pres./Market Mgr. EARL JONES said in a statement: "We are re-expressing our assets to achieve greater results. We will have more employees in 2008 than in 2007 as a result of an increased sales force and the establishment of a local Internet sales and programming division. We are not only a radio company -- we are a platform for content."