WMNF Lays Off Three
June 23, 2010 at 6:07 PM (PT)
The ST PETERSBURG TIMES' ERIC DEGGANS is reporting that NATHAN B. STUBBLEFIELD FOUNDATION noncommercial Variety WMNF/TAMPA is laying off three staffers in a budget crunch. Music Director LEE "DJ FLEE" COURTNEY, Special Events Coordinator LINDA REISINGER, and Receptionist JULIE SCHEID were cut loose this week as the station deals with a budget shortfall.
Board of Directors President JULIA MORRIS said that donations to the station from longtime contributors are down 25%. "It's often the same people who give to us, and they don't have the $100 or the $1,000 to give that they used to.... (Layoffs) are a place WMNF has never had to go to. But if we don't do this now, next year we would be talking about more people laid off. This is the hardest thing on earth."