Monday, January 19, 2009

Radio Clear-ance Day is here

Tomorrow(1/20), Clear Channel Communications will begin layoffs and expense reductions to cut $400 million in costs, the New York Post reported last Friday, citing three sources "with knowledge of the plan." The Post didn't say how many jobs might be cut, but it said they would be across its radio, outdoor advertising and international operations. Texas-based Clear Channel has more than 30,000 employees in 66 countries. Locally, the company owns top-rated Top 40 outlets WXKS/Kiss 108 and WJMN/Jamn 94-5 as well Tropical/Latin format known as Rumba 1200 which is heard on a pair of AM stations WKOX AM 1200 and WXKS AM 1430. All four stations are located in Medford.

Clear Channel also is likely to move toward a "national programming" model where it would have fewer local employees at its radio stations around the country, the Post said. The nation's largest radio company faced criticism in the past for having using voicetracking feeds from out-of-market DJ's and relying on syndicated programming rather than producing live and local content by its local stations.

BRW has learned that Kiss and Jamn may likely have some changes in programming and operations starting Tuesday as preparations have been taking place inside their studios in Medford in recent days.

BRW Notebook :

That's all Folks : WRKO AM 680's morning co-host and former Massachusetts House Speaker Tom Finneran who enlisted the help of four former governors failed in his last-minute bid to get a pardon from shotly-to-be-former President Bush on an obstruction of justice conviction. Finneran submitted an application for a presidential pardon in December. The four governors Democrat Michael Dukakis and Republicans William Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Jane Swift followed with a letter of support. In the letter, obtained by the Globe two weeks ago, the governors saidFinneran has been severely punished and has "learned the error of the episode." Finneran pleaded guilty in January 2007 to obstruction of justice charges stemming from his testimony in a federal suit over House redistricting plan.

In attempt to cash in on his notoriety and try to move the ratings needle, WRKO AM 680 hired him to host morning drive show in February 2007 but so far that move hasn't paid off. While Finneran is now into his third, and likely last year, of his tenure at WRKO AM 680 it's becoming more clear he wants to create his own exit strategy out of talk radio business. On Tuesday(1/20), a special panel will look into a possibility of reinstating Finneran's law licesense.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So did anybody from CC Boston get the boot?