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  posted on 1/19/2009 at 11:24 PM
They are laying off 1850 lower level employees tomorrow.

This announcement was timed so that it won't get any play on the news with the inauguration being the big story for the next few days.


I wonder if Cheney is an owner?



Edit to correct number of jobless.





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  posted on 1/20/2009 at 12:47 AM
Wow. Enormous amount of people. I don't think I'll ever get used to hearing of layoff numbers containing over 10,000 people (Clear Channel, Circuit City, etc).
 

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  posted on 1/20/2009 at 01:02 PM
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  posted on 1/20/2009 at 03:43 PM
From Clear Channel's website:


"We believe Clear Channel's people are our most important asset. Our teams make the critical difference in how we perform and their skills, talents and determination separate us from our competitors. We also believe people can achieve their full potential when they enjoy their work, so it is a priority to provide a workplace where growth, success and fun go hand in hand."

 

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We also believe people can achieve their full potential when they enjoy their work, so it is a priority to provide a workplace where growth, success and fun go hand in hand."
I bet there's about 14,000 of these hands in the air with one finger pointing up today (or 28,000 to really get the point across).

It's beyond depressing (and scary) having layoffs of this magnitude happening over the US on an almost daily basis.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2009 at 07:49 PM
One of the local AM sport talk stations lost their program director.

Now how much is that gonna save?

Idiots.

they are driving folks to satellite.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2009 at 09:34 PM
This is something that has been going on for some time in the media. Most operations at radio and TV stations is now automated and you don't need the operations personnel. Most Clear Channel employees that I know well actually most media people I know live with the day to day fear that they could be fired anyday. I lost my job a year and a half ago.

Gannett newspapers let go 10% of the payroll at the Louisville Courier just before Christmas.

This is why I tell all the college age kids out at UPS to not major in communications. They'll have an absolutely useless college degree.

You can blame the Communications Act of 1996 ( I hope that's the correct year) for this

 

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  posted on 1/20/2009 at 11:02 PM
I have friend (camera man and editor) that just got laid off at Channel 9 in DC (gannet Station)

if you didn't get laid off you got a 10 percent pay cut.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2009 at 11:06 PM
Do 10% less work.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2009 at 11:08 PM
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Do 10% less work.




don't work in TV news. get your piece on the air or perish.

the other thing they are doing is letting reporters edit their own stories.
less editors needed. The Union used to prevent that because the editing
equipment was special purpose and feel under their domain.

PCs don't , general purpose equipment. So the reporters can edit on those.
and it gets rid of union jobs for editors.



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  posted on 1/21/2009 at 09:34 AM
Terrestrial radio listenership has declined dramatically in the last decade. We're talking in excess of 25% folks. The marketers preferred audience (i.e. upscale adults with money to spend) have left in droves for satellite radio leaving behind a much smaller and far less well-heeled listenership. Like a newspaper it costs what it costs to run a radio station, or a network of them. However the advertiser isn't going to pay more money to reach fewer people less capable of buying their goods and services so they don't advertise. With no advertising revenue you can't pay employees so you have to lay them off. This is another characteristic of Econ 101 that many people can't seem to grasp.

The fact that CC is doing it is newsworthy because they are so large and, like WalMart, the ignorant love to bash them. However layoffs are endemic throughout the radio industry and have been for some time.

With the exception of talk radio most formats are no longer live anyway. The host will enter the studio once a week, recite his or her lead-ins and outros to whatever the programming might be. Plug them into the appropriate slot on the hard drive, pack up and leave for their real job, all in about an hour. The following week they do it again.

CC is (too) big but they are far from the only game in any town. If there was a way to make more money with MORE STAFF in this reality, some smart operator would have done so

 

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  posted on 1/21/2009 at 11:20 AM
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They are laying off 14,000 lower level employees tomorrow.




BTW, the number is slightly more than 1,400. Even a CC office presenting multiple formats in a large market is only likely to employ 25-30 people and many of those are part time.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2009 at 12:01 PM
Maybe we need to go back to having thousands of local stations, with real people in the studio. Here in Santa Cruz, we have KPIG, one of the last old school stations around, where disc jockeys play whatever they want all day and night. You can check their website any time to see what they've played for the last 6 hours. I woke up at 3:00 A.M. once to hear the opening notes of "Mountain Jam." That's the kind of "clear channel" I like.

Having local personalities that are active in the community (like the "surf report" from "your girl in the curl"), and playing music people want to hear might not be a bad model to emulate. Local businesses like to advertise when they know people are listening.

 

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Maybe we need to go back to having thousands of local stations, with real people in the studio. Here in Santa Cruz, we have KPIG, one of the last old school stations around, where disc jockeys play whatever they want all day and night. You can check their website any time to see what they've played for the last 6 hours. I woke up at 3:00 A.M. once to hear the opening notes of "Mountain Jam." That's the kind of "clear channel" I like.

Having local personalities that are active in the community (like the "surf report" from "your girl in the curl"), and playing music people want to hear might not be a bad model to emulate. Local businesses like to advertise when they know people are listening.


All well and good. Read my post above my other post.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2009 at 12:38 PM
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They are laying off 14,000 lower level employees tomorrow.




BTW, the number is slightly more than 1,400. Even a CC office presenting multiple formats in a large market is only likely to employ 25-30 people and many of those are part time.


1850 was the last number I had.

The slimiest part of this was WHEN they did it to get the least amount of media attention.


Reading comprehension isn't a strong point with you, is it?

 

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They are laying off 14,000 lower level employees tomorrow.




BTW, the number is slightly more than 1,400. Even a CC office presenting multiple formats in a large market is only likely to employ 25-30 people and many of those are part time.


1850 was the last number I had.

The slimiest part of this was WHEN they did it to get the least amount of media attention.


Reading comprehension isn't a strong point with you, is it?


Really? How so? It wasn't me who claimed the number was 14,000 and I was the only one to offer a rationale and reasoned reply as to why. Or didn't YOU read that part?

BTW, nice job on the fast edit. You almost got away with it.

[Edited on 1/21/2009 by RBK]

 

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I didn't read anything, I was TOLD this Monday from a source in the radio industry.

The number I was told was incorrect until now.

The reason is not the problem.

The TIMING of the layoffs is rotten.

Do you still not understand the point?

 

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Maybe we need to go back to having thousands of local stations, with real people in the studio. Here in Santa Cruz, we have KPIG, one of the last old school stations around, where disc jockeys play whatever they want all day and night. You can check their website any time to see what they've played for the last 6 hours. I woke up at 3:00 A.M. once to hear the opening notes of "Mountain Jam." That's the kind of "clear channel" I like.

Having local personalities that are active in the community (like the "surf report" from "your girl in the curl"), and playing music people want to hear might not be a bad model to emulate. Local businesses like to advertise when they know people are listening.


Now THAT sounds like a cool station! Maybe some of these cats who got laid off will start up some stations like that. It'd be nice. Most of the CC stations have been fairly instrumental in the sad shape that music is in right now...

Any station that starts playing Mountain Jam has got it going on. I don't care if the DJ wants to take a 30 minute break - he's giving people a lot better quality than 10 3 minute piles of crap!


You can listen to them online, John.

http://www.kpig.com/



 

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Maybe we need to go back to having thousands of local stations, with real people in the studio. Here in Santa Cruz, we have KPIG, one of the last old school stations around, where disc jockeys play whatever they want all day and night. You can check their website any time to see what they've played for the last 6 hours. I woke up at 3:00 A.M. once to hear the opening notes of "Mountain Jam." That's the kind of "clear channel" I like.

Having local personalities that are active in the community (like the "surf report" from "your girl in the curl"), and playing music people want to hear might not be a bad model to emulate. Local businesses like to advertise when they know people are listening.


Now THAT sounds like a cool station! Maybe some of these cats who got laid off will start up some stations like that. It'd be nice. Most of the CC stations have been fairly instrumental in the sad shape that music is in right now...

Any station that starts playing Mountain Jam has got it going on. I don't care if the DJ wants to take a 30 minute break - he's giving people a lot better quality than 10 3 minute piles of crap!


You can listen to them online, John.

http://www.kpig.com/






 

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Maybe we need to go back to having thousands of local stations, with real people in the studio. Here in Santa Cruz, we have KPIG, one of the last old school stations around, where disc jockeys play whatever they want all day and night. You can check their website any time to see what they've played for the last 6 hours. I woke up at 3:00 A.M. once to hear the opening notes of "Mountain Jam." That's the kind of "clear channel" I like.

Having local personalities that are active in the community (like the "surf report" from "your girl in the curl"), and playing music people want to hear might not be a bad model to emulate. Local businesses like to advertise when they know people are listening.


Too bad it won't happen. Public radio is the last of anything that will have a local flavor. As posted before thank the Commications act of 1996

 

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Maybe we need to go back to having thousands of local stations, with real people in the studio. Here in Santa Cruz, we have KPIG, one of the last old school stations around, where disc jockeys play whatever they want all day and night. You can check their website any time to see what they've played for the last 6 hours. I woke up at 3:00 A.M. once to hear the opening notes of "Mountain Jam." That's the kind of "clear channel" I like.

Having local personalities that are active in the community (like the "surf report" from "your girl in the curl"), and playing music people want to hear might not be a bad model to emulate. Local businesses like to advertise when they know people are listening.


Too bad it won't happen. Public radio is the last of anything that will have a local flavor. As posted before thank the Commications act of 1996


With or without that unnecessary bit of government intervention we'd still have stations jumping onto money saving networks, aying off staff and presenting homogenized auto-pilot programming. It's a sign of the times. Much like your rapidly shrinking daily newspaper - if you even get one.

 

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Maybe we need to go back to having thousands of local stations, with real people in the studio. Here in Santa Cruz, we have KPIG, one of the last old school stations around, where disc jockeys play whatever they want all day and night. You can check their website any time to see what they've played for the last 6 hours. I woke up at 3:00 A.M. once to hear the opening notes of "Mountain Jam." That's the kind of "clear channel" I like.

Having local personalities that are active in the community (like the "surf report" from "your girl in the curl"), and playing music people want to hear might not be a bad model to emulate. Local businesses like to advertise when they know people are listening.


Too bad it won't happen. Public radio is the last of anything that will have a local flavor. As posted before thank the Commications act of 1996


With or without that unnecessary bit of government intervention we'd still have stations jumping onto money saving networks, aying off staff and presenting homogenized auto-pilot programming.


That act is what made it legal. Use to be you could only own 7 stations. Now Clear Channel can own it all

 

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Maybe we need to go back to having thousands of local stations, with real people in the studio. Here in Santa Cruz, we have KPIG, one of the last old school stations around, where disc jockeys play whatever they want all day and night. You can check their website any time to see what they've played for the last 6 hours. I woke up at 3:00 A.M. once to hear the opening notes of "Mountain Jam." That's the kind of "clear channel" I like.

Having local personalities that are active in the community (like the "surf report" from "your girl in the curl"), and playing music people want to hear might not be a bad model to emulate. Local businesses like to advertise when they know people are listening.


Too bad it won't happen. Public radio is the last of anything that will have a local flavor. As posted before thank the Commications act of 1996


With or without that unnecessary bit of government intervention we'd still have stations jumping onto money saving networks, aying off staff and presenting homogenized auto-pilot programming.


That act is what made it legal. Use to be you could only own 7 stations. Now Clear Channel can own it all




But CC DOESN'T own them all. Far from it and entirely irrelevant to the monetary issues facing the communications industry today.

 

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