Mark Renier Exits Susquehanna; Layoffs Continue As Company Becomes Cumulus
May 4, 2006 at 1:56 PM (PT)
ALL ACCESS has confirmed that SUSQUEHANNA SVP and Alternative WNNX (99X)/ATLANTA GM MARK RENIER is out in the company's transition to CUMULUS. RENIER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (770) 377-6685.
As reported earlier, longtime MD JAY HARREN has exited 99X, as well. Reach out to HARREN at (404) 725-5168 or email@example.com.
HARREN told ALL ACCESS, "After almost nine years of working for the legendary 99X, and even more legendary LESLIE FRAM, I have fallen victim to corporate cutbacks, and effective immediately I am no longer employed here. Without a doubt, LESLIE FRAM is the most talented, creative, and innovative programmers in the country. In addition, she is not afraid to take risks. She took one on me.
"A long time ago, LESLIE spotted a guy who has a passion for music and empowered him with the ability to take that passion and turn it into a career. No one in the industry is more fortunate and blessed than me. To have had the privilege to work so closely with an industry legend is more than I could have ever hoped for. She is a true leader, an amazing mentor, and a great friend. Thank you LESLIE."
Layoffs Continue In Dallas
In addition to the previously announced departure of SUSQUEHANNA Top 40 KRBE/HOUSTON VP/GM MARK SHECTERLE (NET NEWS 5/3) and other SUSQUEHANNA staffers in ATLANTA, HOUSTON, and CINCINNATI, ALL ACCESS has learned that DALLAS SVP/GM DAN HALYBURTON and Country KPLX (THE WOLF) VP/GM LON BASON are also exiting. You can reach DAN at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (214) 707-7237. Additional departures at THE WOLF include morning host BOBBY MITCHELL.. No word on his replacement or the fate of MITCHELL's morning show co-hosts.
That leaves SUSQUEHANNA/DALLAS VP/GM DAN BENNETT in place to oversee Classic Rocker KDBN (93.3 THE BONE), Country KPLX, N/T KLIF-A, and Sports KTCK-A-KTDK (THE TICKET).
A trip to KDBN's site (www.933thebone.com) finds that the morning show page -- featuring market vet HUMBLE BILLY HAZE and partner DONOVAN -- is missing.
Additionally, 1310 THE TICKET anchor/reporter/talk show host/SMU MUSTANGS sideline reporter JIMMY "THE SAINT" CHRISTOPHER exits, although, in seperate deals he remains play-by-play voice of the FORT WORTH FLYERS NBA D-League team and AA FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS PBP/color analyst for some home games. Reach out to JIMMY at email@example.com or (214) 564-2700 cell.
Kansas City Blues
At SUSQUEHANNA/KANSAS CITY, Oldies KCMO-F morning co-host KATEY McGUCKIN and Talk KCMO-A morning producer JOSH BILLINGS both exit.
As a followup to yesterday's report about DAN SWENSON's departure in CINCINNATI, WMOJ VP/GM GARY LEWIS has been named as his replacement.
At SUSQUEHANNA Country WFMS/INDIANAPOLIS, overnighter ROB REEL has exited. Contact him at (317) 502-1911 or TheFace4Radio@aol.com.
Look for more names to be on the departure list from SUSQUEHANNA later today and tomorrow as CUMULUS closes on those stations.
And, you can expect to see at least one very high profile CUMULUS hiring announced, too.