Clear Channel Quietly Downsizing Radio Stations Across U.S. - hypebot

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TD Robinson

Not to be a nitpicker, but CC and company began shedding staff on the very day that our current U.S. President took the oath of office. January 21st, 2009 CC eliminated dozens of jobs in the cluster for which I worked. That was a very tough day. They told us that would be the end of it, but they have been eliminating positions to this day. There is no end in site and even when the company goes bankrupt, they will not be forced to sell any of their signals. Gee, I thought that these were publicly owned licenses...

Steve M

" this creates some new jobs, and unfortunately eliminates others."....Translation: "We kill five jobs, then hire one person to do the work of five people."

Clear Channel has been on a downsizing mission for the past decade. They led the pack with voice-tracking, sharing on-air talent, PD's, OM's, GM's, Music Directors, etc.. across multiple markets. You hear that guy on your radio right now? He isn't there. That air shift was recorded three weeks ago by Joe Blow in some distant city. Clear Channel (and other radio clusters as well - Cumulus, CBS, Radio One, etc) have whittled away at their own product until the baseball bat is now a toothpick.

"" this creates some new jobs, and unfortunately eliminates others." What a dumb statement. If you happen to get a job at Clear Channel or any Corporate Radio, it's only because they need you to do the work of five people. But they'll always be looking for the next person who can do the work of six. Then you're gone.

Meanwhile, you can get commercial free music through Pandora, Stitcher, Tune-In, etc. CC and the other radio giants deserve exactly what they get. They've made their bed. Now they can lie in it.

D. Walton

Very interesting article!

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