Job Cuts, Realignment At WILL-A-F/Urbana
February 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM (PT)
ILLINOIS PUBLIC MEDIA has eliminated nine jobs from the staff of noncommercial WILL-A-F and PBS affiliate WILL-TV/URBANA, IL. The job cuts, which include positions at both radio and TV stations, are part of a larger reorganization that will see more NPR talk programmings added to the Classical FM side (the shows previously aired on the AM station only) and elimination of the weather department in favor of using NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE reports. Three positions are being added to the web department.
The changes mean that WILL-F will air NPR's "MORNING EDITION" and "ALL THINGS CONSIDERED" in a simulcast with the AM station. Morning Classical show host VIC DI GERONIMO will move to 9a-noon, and other music shows will remain in place. On AM, the addition of NPR's "FRESH AIR" at 1p will move AFTERNOON MAGAZINE to noon-1p, and the 10a-noon show will be renamed "FOCUS." At 2p, the AM will air a one hour show with agriculture and business news, hosted by Agriculture Dir. DAVE DICKEY and "CLOSING MARKET REPORT" host TODD GLEASON.
"We cannot continue to do things the way we’ve done them in the past," said GM MARK LEONARD. "If we do, we’re spreading ourselves too thin across too many projects. And we’ll miss the opportunities that technology offers to provide public media in new ways."