Monday, September 15, 2008

Metro Networks cuts Boston reporters

As first mentioned in this space(BRW 9/4), Westwood One-owned Metro Networks was planning a major cut to its traffic and news operations servicing a number of Boston area radio stations. Last Friday(9/12), as part of company-wide restructuring and payroll reductions a number of Metro's longtime employees here and elsewhere got laid off.

Some of those on the layoff list at Metro's Boston office included longtimers like news director Bob MacNeil(Metro eliminated the news director positions at all of its bureaus), veteran traffic reporters Joe Stapelton who had been with Metro Traffic/Metro Networks for 23 years, as well as Mauzy Stafford and Chris Fama.

Stapleton, Metro's AFTRA union shop steward was instrumental in unionizing the Boston Metro office years ago, has most recently was heard doing news and traffic in the mornings on WRKO AM 680 as well WXRV-FM/River 92.5 Another traffic veteran Mauzy Stafford was part of morning drive shows on WODS FM/Oldies 103.3 for many years and voiced traffic updates for WILD AM 1090. Chris Fama was doing evening newscasts on WRKO AM 680 as well Sirius' Boston traffic channel. Their positions will be handled by other remaining staffers.

More Metro staffers are expected to get pink slips within the next two weeks.

Westwood One's stock which traded at $33 a share five years ago closed at 69 cents last Friday.

1 comment:

Chris said...

Do people in TV and radio ever take stock of their careers so that when the inevitable comes, they have a different direction in which to head? The need to cut costs suggest a single-point system where one organization is handling traffic. You don't need Joe at this station, Cindy at that one, and Billy Bob at a third. They are adding to cost, not to value.