Groupwide Emmis Cuts; Big Changes In Chicago
March 5, 2009 at 12:35 PM (PT)
EMMIS RADIO, much like other radio groups dealing with the current economic climate, has just instituted groupwide staff cuts.
A statement from the radio group read: "Facing the ongoing challenges of a struggling media sector and turbulent economy, earlier today EMMIS took a series of steps to better position it for shifting global and industry realities. Those steps included a workforce reduction of 7.5%, which included the elimination of 91 full-time and 14 part-time positions across its Corporate, Radio and Publishing Divisions. Notified employees received generous severance packages and other support."
Those steps included a workforce reduction of 7.5%, which included the elimination of 91 full-time and 14 part-time positions across its Corporate, Radio and Publishing Divisions.
Some of the biggest changes came in CHICAGO. ALL ACCESS has confirmed that EMMIS Classic Rocker WLUP (THE LOOP) and Alternative WKQX (Q101.1)/CHICAGO Brand Manager TISA LaSORTE and Q101.1 PD MARC YOUNG (480-353-0583; firstname.lastname@example.org) are out due to budgetary considerations.
Replacing them are EMMIS VP/Rock Programming RICK BALIS, who will be PD of WLUP while he continues to program sister Rocker KSHE/ST. LOUIS. Filling the PD post at WKQX is EMMIS Alternative KPNT/ST. LOUIS PD TOMMY MATTERN, who will remain based in ST. LOUIS. BALIS and MATTERN will split time between CHICAGO and ST. LOUIS, while EMMIS/ST. LOUIS Head Of Digital Sales KYLE GUDERIAN will relocate to CHICAGO as OM for WLUP and WKQX.
There are some lineup changes at WLUP and WKQX:
WLUP midday personality ERIN CARMAN is out and is replaced by night stud, BYRD. And, swingshifter PETE McMURRAY is new to nights.
Over at Q101, night dudes RYAN & KEVIN MANNOW flip shifts with afternooner ALEX QUIGLEY.
And, WLUP & Q101.1 Imaging Dir. NED SPINDEL is leaving. KSHE's Imaging Dir. ROB NAUGHTON will also do WLUP imaging, and KPNT Imaging Guru DREW PATTERSON will add those duties at Q101.1 as well.