Clear Channel cuts 590 radio jobs

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 8:56 AM
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Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, said it is cutting 590 jobs, including some on-air personalities, in its second round of mass layoffs this year amid pressure from the recession and evaporating advertising budgets.

Clear Channel's parent company, CC Media Holdings Inc., also said it will suspend its 401(k) match for all employees for the rest of the year, starting Friday.

However, if the company hits 90 percent of its budget goals at the end of the year, the matches will be retroactively restored, a company spokeswoman said.

The latest cuts represent 2.7 percent of company's total work force of 22,100. They affect operational jobs like engineering, accounting and customer service, all in the radio division. The company also has an outdoor advertising division, which sells items like billboard space and wasn't affected by the job cuts.

Clear Channel's stations in the Augusta market include: WBBQ, WEKL, WKSP and WPRW.

The previous cuts of 1,850 jobs came in January and were also in the radio division, mostly in sales.

Clear Channel didn't break out the latest cuts by geography or job function, but said they do include some on-air personalities, whose identities weren't disclosed. Employees were notified of the cuts Tuesday.

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willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 04/29/09 - 09:07 am
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I hope Jen Wylde's not

I hope Jen Wylde's not getting cut

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 04/29/09 - 09:20 am
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I hope murphy, sam and jodie

I hope murphy, sam and jodie are not cut..

lookforwardnotbackwards
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lookforwardnotbackwards 04/29/09 - 09:54 am
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Jen was cut

Jen was cut

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 04/29/09 - 10:25 am
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Murphy, Sam and Jody is a

Murphy, Sam and Jody is a syndicated show, they are not local, so it is unlikely they will be cut. Most stations cut on-air personalities to go with a syndicated show.

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grow up augusta 04/29/09 - 08:44 pm
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Most stations do not cut

Most stations do not cut on-air personalities to choose the sydicated shows instead. Its the opposite. Syndicated shoes actually cost significantly more as you are paying for broadcast rights, more on air staff, and other financial obligations to the sydicated show. Plus you still need board ops to manage the shows while they are broadcasting. Although I don't agree with the next statement, it is a fact. Small radio markets like Augusta perfer to have local programming over sydicated shows. "keep it local" Its a fact. Look it up. It costs next to nothing to hire on-air staff for a local market. You best DJ's in Augusta are only making in the area of 20,000-30,000 year. And these are the best ones. I bet the overnight guy at WBBG makes 12,000 year. Why do you think they work part time jobs and do all the remote broadcast they can? A sydicated show can run upwards of 100,000 year... and this is for a not too popular show. Howard Stern was getting 10,000,000 a year for his sydicated show (well CBS radio was getting it) before he went to Siruis.
I think we can agree that the on-air staff on Augusta's FM radio are very lame. That may offend some of you, but lets face it.

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themaninthemirror 04/29/09 - 10:24 pm
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If it cost so much to run a

If it cost so much to run a syndicated show, then why does WBBQ keep Murphy, Sam, and Jody? I haven't listened to the Bull since they moved to 102.3 and their signal was greatly reduced(they do not come in that great outside Augusta), but I suppose they still have the Big D and Bubba morning show. And what about the Tom Joiner morning show, it is a ayndicated show, I am not sure which station it is on in the Augusta market, why do these stations keep running these shows year after year if they cost so much? I would beg to differ with your statement that the "small" Augusta radio market stations prefer local talent over syndicated shows. If this was the case there would be no sycdication at all in this market. I think the best talent as far as morning shows go now works at WGAC, and that includes Mark Summers, whom I now understand is in sales at the radio station. Mike Tyler is the closest thing to good local talent as far as morning music radio goes. Of course Harley Drew and Mary Liz will always be number one as far as morning news and talk go.

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sjgraci 04/30/09 - 11:59 am
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Clear Channel sucks. They are

Clear Channel sucks. They are the death of radio and music. Sirius/XM and internet radio is the only way to go.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 04/30/09 - 12:25 pm
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nnnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooo

nnnnnnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

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