Sweeping Cuts at Clear Channel Hit Programmers and Air Staff. RadioInfo had been hearing rumors of cuts coming at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and on Thursday the axe fell for many in the programming departments of Clear Channel stations. The following is a list, by market and by no means complete, of some of the folks who are out of work now:
Los Angeles: Stella Prado, eight-year program director (and 20+-year station veteran), adult contemporary KOST; Robert Lyles, marketing director, KOST and hot AC KBIG; Lindsey Sopp Kovar, “Love Songs” producer, KOST; Christine Martindale, swing talent, KOST; Doc Bailey, production, KOST and KBIG; Monica Medina, programming assistant, KOST; Trever Trent, mid-days, alternative KYSR; Joel Elliott, board-op, urban-rhythmic oldies KHHT; KBIG; KYSR; and talk KTLK-AM.
Chicago: Angie Zdanowski, marketing/promotions manager; Glenn Cosby, nights, urban AC WVAZ; Effie Rolfe, assistant program director/music director/mid-days, gospel WGRB.
Dallas: Josh Venable, program director/mid-days, alternative KDGE; Adrian Hummel, producer, CHR KHKS, and KDGE.
Houston: Josh Reno, morning drive producer (“Walter & Johnson Show”), classic rock KKRW; Walton & Johnson, mornings KKRW.
Philadelphia: Bob Stei, part-time, alternative WRFF.
Atlanta: Tim Michaels, mid-days, country WUBL; Miguel Aguilar, afternoon drive, regional Mexican WBZY.
Detroit: Kristin Burns, assistant program director, classic rock WDTW; Dave Dahmer, afternoons, WDTW; “Jag,” mid-days, CHR WKQI; Frankie Darcell, afternoons, urban AC WMXD; Eric Chase, afternoons, sports WDFN; Dan Watkins, morning show, adult contemporary WNIC; Jenna Cork, morning show producer, WNIC.
Miami: Michael Yo, afternoon drive (12 years), CHR WHYI; Rich (Michaels) Minaya, afternoons, talk WIOD.
Seattle: Josh Sabrowsky, producer, sports KJR-AM
Minneapolis: “Thorn,” music director/mid-days, adult alternative KTCZ; Mike Morris, morning co-host, sports KFXN.
San Diego: Don Ayers, morning producer, talk KOGO; Jeff More, afternoon producer, KOGO
Pittsburgh: Flick, APD/MD/afternoons, CHR WKST
Tampa: Steve Versnick, program director, talk WFLA, and sports WDAE; Ryan Nelson, music director/mid-days, country WFUS; Jenny Dean, co-host, jock WFUS; Ty Demeza, promotion coordinator; “Stu,” afternoon drive, urban contemporary WBTP.
Denver: “Uncle Nasty,” afternoons, rock KBPI; Eddie Barella, overnights/imaging director, KBPI; Joe Niko, weekend/swing, adult alternative, KBCO; “Keefer,” afternoons, KBCO; Julie Hayden and Chuck Bonniwell, part-time, talk KOA.
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario: Bob Ridzak, Market Manager; Jesse Duran, program director, rhythmic CHR KGGI
Cincinnati: Jay Gilbert, afternoons, rock WEBN; Joel Moss, imaging director.
Cleveland: “Kasper,” assistant program director/music director, CHR WAKS
Orlando: Ken Payne, 14-year program director/afternoon drive, adult contemporary WMGF; Catherine Brown, program director, talk WTKS; “Bull,” mid-day producer, WTKS; “Cabin Boy,” nights, WTKS; “LT,” nights, rock WJRR
Columbus: John Crenshaw, program director, country WCOL; Andy Clark, morning drive, classic hits-oldies WODC; Amy Donovan, mid-days, WODC; Kevin Kirschner, afternoon drive, WODC
Austin: Joel Burke, program director, country KASE and country KVET (also afternoons on KASE); Keith Carlyle, promotion assistant.
Eddie and Jobo Out at WJMK, Chicago. CBS Radio cuts ties with WJMK, Chicago “K-Hits” morning team Ed Volkman and Joe Bohannon after 20 months with the classic hits station. As Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports, the longtime Chicago radio duo weren’t a good fit for the station. He reports program director Tom Cavanah saying, “Eddie and Jobo have a great style, and they really helped us launch the radio station and get us on the map. But the match of Eddie and Jobo with this music is not a good fit. It’s hard to perceive Eddie and Jobo playing the Beatles. It doesn’t fit with who they are.” Feder notes the November PPM showed Eddie & Jobo tied for 20th place in mornings with a 2.1 share of listeners 25-54, the station’s target demographic. Overall, K-Hits ranked 18th with a 2.5 share. The station will go jockless in mornings until January.
RadioInfoTV Interviews Longtime KOST, Los Angeles PD Stella Prado the Day Before the Ax Fell. In an unfortunately ironic twist of timing, RadioInfoTV correspondent (and “Still at Large” host) Brent Seltzer caught up with then-PD of AC KOST-FM, Los Angeles Stella Prado at an industry event in Hollywood honoring KFI PD Robin Bertolucci on Tuesday (12/4). Neither Prado nor Seltzer knew that the 20-year veteran of the station was less than two days away from becoming one of the victims of Clear Channel’s massive pre-Christmas employee cutback that rocked the radio industry yesterday (12/6). In it Prado answers a number of important questions probing her seasoned take on the nuances of programming the all-Christmas format, the subtle differences between today’s CHR and hot AC formats, the methodology of music selection in today’s pop radio and the role of the modern day DJ in a PPM world. Describing Prado as the “poster child of consolidated radio’s debt disease” RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison states, “Obviously, the joy we felt having such a wonderful interview with so bright a programming executive as Ms. Prado turned to despair when we learned that she was let go in the massive layoff. It is deeply disturbing that a professional of her stature, accomplishment and impeccable reputation could be considered expendable in today’s nasty financial environment. It is shocking, watching this video, that so bright, knowledgeable, and positive an individual as Stella Prado could be cast off without notice by the miserable corporate circumstances of this business. It is not my place to tell anyone how to run their business and I certainly understand the dollars and cents realities of what Clear Channel is facing – but this is just too much to accept without at least a squawk of protest. I am disgusted.” View the video interview in the RadioInfo TV box on this page.
Australian Radio Prank on London Hospital Takes Tragic Turn. By now, most in the industry are aware of the phone prank played on the London hospital where Kate Middleton has been treated for extreme morning sickness. 2Day morning hosts Michael Christian and Mel Greig posed as the Queen and Prince Charles and fooled the receptionist and the nurse into giving medical information about the Duchess of Cambridge’s health. Now, according to the Daily Mail, it appears the receptionist has taken her own life in the aftermath of the incident. The woman was not identified by name but London authorities are reporting she was found unconscious early Friday morning London time, taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. Suicide is believed to be the cause at this time.
Day 2 from the Arbitron Client Conference. Radio consultant Holland Cooke covered the two-day Arbitron Client Conference for RadioInfo that concluded yesterday (12/6). Three points that dominated yesterday’s discussions and presentations are – as Cooke describes them – scary talk about in-car, straight talk about sports, and plain talk about politics. Read Holland Cooke’s report from Annapolis here.
Andrew Tartaglia Moves to Entercom’s WAAF, Boston as GSM. Andrew Tartaglia has been working in the nearby Hartford market with Clear Channel as general sales manager at sports WUCS and WPOP. Now, he moves to Boston to take the GSM role at Entercom’s rock WAAF. Michael Juliano, director of sales for Entercom Boston says of Tartaglia, “Andrew will be a great complement to our overall sales effort. He has a rich history of leading and motivating high-performing sales teams that deliver results for their clients. He is no stranger to New England having spent the last 13 years of his career in Providence and Hartford.”
Programmer Tony Matteo Moves to CCME Wichita for OM Gig. Programmer Tony Matteo, who’s been programming Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s adult hits WHLK, Cleveland, is moving to Wichita where he’ll serve as operations manager for the company’s cluster. In a statement, Matteo says, “I’m thankful for the opportunity to have worked with Gary Mincer and Keith Abrams in bringing 106.5 The Lake to Cleveland. My years here have been amazing. I’ve been a big fan of the Wichita group for a long time and look forward to joining Rob Burton, Tommy Austin and the talented, passionate people of CCME Wichita.”
Chris Carmichael Upped to PD in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Chris Carmichael has been morning host at Clear Channel’s country WKCY, Harrisonburg, Virginia “Valley’s Best Country” for the past eight months. Now, he moves up to PD for the station (while continuing with wake-up duties) and adds programming responsibilities for sister AC WSVO “Mix 93.1.”
Hubbard Radio’s WIL, St. Louis Announces “Country Christmas Jam Concert.” Hubbard Radio’s country 92.3 WIL is sponsoring the first-ever “New Country Christmas Jam” concert event that is starring CMA 2012 “New Artist of the Year” award winner and 2013 GRAMMY nominated country artist Hunter Hayes. The show will feature special guest Kacey Musgraves and take place on Sunday, December 16 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. Program director Greg Mozingo says, “We first introduced St. Louis country music fans to Hunter Hayes back in 2011 at our 9th annual ‘Jinglefest’ concert, and our listeners have watched as Hunter’s popularity has soared, all the way to winning this year’s CMA award as the ‘New Artist of the Year’ and multiple GRAMMY nominations! Now with our first-ever ‘New Country Christmas Jam’ concert event, WIL is excited to be able to provide our listeners with another great opportunity to enjoy Hunter Hayes and his musical prowess.”