Rich Ryder Exits WBTN-A/Bennington, VT
February 4, 2010 at 4:45 AM (PT)
SHIRES MEDIA PARTNERSHIP Variety WBTN-A/BENNINGTON, VT morning host RICH RYDER has exited the station, reports the RUTLAND HERALD. RYDER told the paper that the station's new non-profit ownership let him go after nine years, and "it was clearly their decision. It was very abrupt and I am moving forward with my life and career."
Exec. Dir. KEN NORRIS said in a statement released WEDNESDAY that the change was due to cost concerns, adding, "WBTN is facing the same hard economic times that all not-for-profits are facing and we have the responsibility to make hard decisions for ensuring the survival of the station. We are confident that these changes are in the best interests of the greater BENNINGTON community and will help to keep WBTN as a valuable community resource in the future."