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Television
John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV


Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Cuts at Clear Channel: Updated

OK, here is what I know this morning: I hear that 19 people were fired Wednesday afternoon from the 8 Clear Channel stations. The list includes:
WEBN: Wendy Walker, middays, and Scoop, Dawn Patrol sidekick
WCKY/Homer: Jeff Piecoro, midday talk host (they're running Fox Sports Radio now), and Greg Waddell, Bengals beat reporter, producer, etc. (and Saturday AM sports for WLW-AM)
MIX94.1: Madison, Mike Stevens (were they the only full-time staffers?)
KISS107.1: Storm Bennett, noon-3.
Also hear some promotions employees, board operators and maybe a news/traffic person were let go at a 4:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday.
I'm still trying to nail down more details. If you know someone who got the axe, please post on this blog, and ask them to email me (jkiesewetter@enquirer.com) or call me (768-8667).
More as I know it.
Below is what I had posted last night.
--Kiese


Wednesday Night
I keep hearing that big staffing cuts were made today at the 8 Clear Channel radio stations here today. I'm told that two 'EBN staffers were let go, and others in off-air positions throughout the building. No managers would take my calls to confirm anything today, so I head home pretty frustrated. They've got a tighter lid on this today than when Andy Furman was suspended in early October. I'm pretty frustrated not to nail this down tonight... but I'll keep chasing it on Thursday. And if you're listening to 'EBN, or any of the 8 stations, and you don't hear a favorite personality, lemme know. Or if you know someone who got the axe, have them call me (513-768-8667) or email me at jkiesewetter@enquirer.com.
--Kiese


77 Comments:

at 11/29/2006 8:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word is Wendy Walker gets the walking papers amongst 40 other full and part-time CC employees. There are now zero local air personalities on WVMX as well.

-Developing-

 
at 11/29/2006 8:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Long time WFKS jock Storm Bennett is also on the hunt for his next Big-Show opportunity.

 
at 11/29/2006 8:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's true about Wendy and Storm. The only local full time talent at Mix is Paul Planters.

Jeff Picoro was also released!!!

 
at 11/29/2006 9:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Mr. K from WEBN / Ken Glidewell also get the boot?

According to AllAcccess.com:

"ALL ACCESS ACTION ...
CLEAR CHANNEL/CINCINNATI, STORM BENNETT, MARK STONE, MR. K, WENDY WALKER, RIGGS, ANDREW COSTA"

 
at 11/29/2006 9:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

paul planters is on production budget

 
at 11/29/2006 9:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as I can tell right now is Mix and Kiss are running automated with no Dj's. I know Mix has no on air staff as of today.

 
at 11/29/2006 10:02 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

Please not Jeff Picoro

 
at 11/29/2006 10:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As of 10pm I heard a dj on kiss. But it did sound like for a awhile it was running automated since I did not hear and dj's.

 
at 11/29/2006 10:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Mix's site it shows as the only on-air staff being Paul Planters, Libby Foxx, and Mike Weis. http://www.wvmx.com/pages/lineup.html

 
at 11/30/2006 12:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have friends who work in the building who said MIX got hit hard, with Madison, Storm Bennett, Mike Stevens among those canned. Also heard Jeff Piecoro and Greg Waddell were booted from Homer along with several of the board op's including one whose name I don't remember, but had worked there for something like 20 years. The grim reeper was prominent at CC-Cincinnati.

 
at 11/30/2006 12:27 AM Anonymous Wendy Walker said...

Mr. K was not amongst those fired today. Not sure why his name was listed.

 
at 11/30/2006 6:45 AM Anonymous dave in atlanta said...

Clear Channel Sucks. The non-localism is killing radio and making it so boring. Clear Channel is not helping the situation. That is too bad. Without the localism, there is no reason not to switch to satellite radio if you really enjoy music. Yes, it does cost money, but there is so much variety to it.

Glad Sheila Gray is back. I always enjoy waking up with Fox in the morning when I am up there.

 
at 11/30/2006 7:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about time Piecoro's lack of talent caught up with him.

Homer is the Bengals station, but he couldn't pronounce Bengals, calling them BINGALS. He also had speech problems with words containing the letter "r"

On the Bearcats game last night he constantly referred to the line where players shoot foul shots as the "FEE TROW" line, among other speech deficiencies. His vocabulary is that of a 2nd grader and he thought he was still working in Lexington.

All I can say about Waddel is why couldn't he just speak into a microphone instead of SCREAMING into it. Good guy..no talent.

But both of them worked cheap, apparently not cheap enough.

 
at 11/30/2006 8:36 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good move by CC on WVMX.

Nobody had listened to that station since it was WINK, why should anybody work there.

LIVE, LOCAL RADIO.....R.I.P.

 
at 11/30/2006 8:49 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

Well, we knew it was coming. If these rumors are true...

I won't miss Picoro(sp?). It's true he can't pronounce the word Bengals. As much as I tried to give him a chance I just can't tolerate listening to him.

I will miss Greg Waddell. He is no Lance McAlister but was a good role player for the CC stations and when he was on 1160BOB. Hate to see him go. I actually would rather listen to him than Pic.

Too bad Mr. K. isn't gone. He's one of the many reason I don't listen to WEBN anymore. It's just painful to listen to him. Actually it sounds like he is in pain, like he just drug him self out of bed and hates what he is doing - especially "Big Hair Wednesdays."

 
at 11/30/2006 9:12 AM Blogger utech said...

maybe we will all get lucky and they will get rid of jim scott, his show should be moved to evenings that way when i fall asleep listening to him i won't have to worry about being in traffic

 
at 11/30/2006 9:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greg Waddell will be missed; his voice was filled with energy and excitement for the events he reported. He was on all the time on many stations, who will fill his role?

 
at 11/30/2006 10:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mileage from Middletown to Kenwood must be killing Seg.

 
at 11/30/2006 10:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The previous comment about Waddell having no talent is crap. Waddell has emotion when he does the sports; not just reading it like some of the others do!

 
at 11/30/2006 10:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

wendy being off webn really sucks...waddell seems like a nice guy but could not talk very well...pic and him had no command of the english language...not being mean just fact...seg has trouble talking also...

 
at 11/30/2006 11:49 AM Blogger Brad said...

So who covers the Bengals for Homer now that Waddell is gone? He is the one that went to all the press conferences, covered training camp, got locker room interviews after games, etc.

 
at 11/30/2006 11:49 AM Blogger Brad said...

So who covers the Bengals for Homer now that Waddell is gone? He is the one that went to all the press conferences, covered training camp, got locker room interviews after games, etc.

 
at 11/30/2006 11:58 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to clear this up.
WVMX does still have one full time staffer.

Mike and Madison were fired but they kept the good 'ole butt kisser Paul Planters.

Guess working hard and being loyal don't amount to anything. It's really all about how much you suck up.

Mark Stone, promotions coordinator for WVMX and part time on air for KISS was also cut.

 
at 11/30/2006 12:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Piecoro was just awful last night on the Bearcats broadcast. He knows nothng about the sport, he just makes a bunch of really stupid general statements and then aks poor Anthony Buford what he think about them.

Buford has to do color and play-by-play and respond to Pic's silly comments.

I do think that Buford does an excellent job, he offers good insights and "teaches" the viewer about the game without coming across as being condesending.

 
at 11/30/2006 12:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

In reply to the comment below this response:

I work in the radio industry and my company was always watching what WVMX was doing. You say no one listened to them since they were WINK. Very wrong. When Clear Channel brought in the team of Bobby D. and Tommy Bodean to run WVMX the two of them finally brought the ratings numbers back up and turned it from a sleepy radio station into something worth listening to. WVMX gave us a run for our money. The station was solid and well managed. Some of me was happy to know Bobby D. and Tommy Bodean were let go because it meant I didn't have to worry so much, but some of me was sad to see them fired because both were amazing programmers who kept everyone on their toes. I am extremely glad I do not work in that Clear Channel building. I can't imagine what hell it must be in there today.

Anonymous said...
Good move by CC on WVMX.

Nobody had listened to that station since it was WINK, why should anybody work there.

LIVE, LOCAL RADIO.....R.I.P.

11/30/2006 8:36 AM

 
at 11/30/2006 12:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANON 12:01...you are so right.

Pic knows nothing about basketball so all he does is follow the ball from player to player.

That's RADIO play-by-play. You don't need all that jabber on TV where you have pictures.

It was nice to hear Michael Regi from Cleveland do a UC game last weekend. Too bad he's not available on a fulltime basis..Too bad Piecoro is.

 
at 11/30/2006 12:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as who will do the "grunt" work around Clear Channel, the answer is anyone who still has a job.

After a massacre like yesterday, those left behind will be glad to take on 4 or 5 other jobs or be shown the door as well.

We're in for more great programming like Monday. Right afer Skinner talked to the UC beat writer from the post on Dantonio's departure, a recorded sports "update" informed us that Dantonio had become a leading candidate for the MSU job.

LIVE...LOCAL Radio. RIP

 
at 11/30/2006 1:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off the top, I feel for those who were canned by Clear Channel yesterday. Been there, Done that when it was Jacor in 1997. It hurts for a while, put I'm a better person (and out of radio) as a result.

Now, about this meeting. Did they bring all 19 people into the same room and tell them together? That sounds like Rev Jim Jones hosting a Guyana Kool-aid party.

 
at 11/30/2006 1:42 PM Blogger BrianDammit said...

Cookie Cutter Cheap Charnel Clear Channel does it again.

Keep going you corporate blowhards. You make satellite radio more appealing.

 
at 11/30/2006 4:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad the cuts didn't include Eddie Fingers and Bob the Producer. The Dawn Patrol was old and stale 5 years ago when I quit listening to them, I can't imagine how bad they must be now.

Sirius Radio - Try it, you will never go back to "free" radio again.

 
at 11/30/2006 4:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To answer your question Anon 1:01pm, yes. All 19 people who got fired were called into the meeting room and canned as a group. Talk about insensitive. How management there sleeps at night I have no idea.

 
at 11/30/2006 5:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

not all 19 were herded into a room ...i was told in private in an office with the door shut and no cameras rolling and no hidden mics...

 
at 11/30/2006 5:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone please tell me Gary Jeff Walker, Sterling and Scott Sloan were let go.......

What about John "You know I can fly a helicopter but we don't have one anymore" Phillips?

I have been suprised they kept him for as long as they have without the copter.

 
at 11/30/2006 10:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be interested to hear who the board operators they let go were.

I wish one was Mo Eggars, but we won't be that lucky.

Can anyone find some names?

 
at 12/01/2006 12:48 AM Anonymous matt from mount washington said...

unlike alot of people on here i liked jeff piecoro. sad to see him lose his talk show. i also like gregg waddell. any idea where any of them will end up?

 
at 12/01/2006 12:53 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ONLY THE SHADOW KNOWS

 
at 12/01/2006 6:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mc Donalds

 
at 12/01/2006 8:22 AM Blogger Brad said...

Pic does Reds pre and post game, UK football radio, and UC basketball TV......I'm sure he won't go back to radio.

 
at 12/01/2006 8:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Its amazing to see people get fired, for no reason other than budgetary concerns and then watch people pounce on them on the worst day of their lives. Heartless. Criticize Clear Channel all you want, but I can't believe people actually take the time to kick people like Pic and Waddell when they're down. You may not have liked them, but they don't deserve to be bashed.

 
at 12/01/2006 1:15 PM Blogger Rick said...

I second the emotion of anon 8:24am... It never ceases to amaze me how cruel some of these posters can be. it's a function of anonymity. Yep, to dump on these unfortunate folks on this day is beyond reprehensible.

 
at 12/01/2006 2:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone else notice how FRUSTRATED John K. was that he couldn't get a hold of anyone at CC to verify the layoffs before they took place? Hey John...first - how FRUSTRATED do you think the people who got laid off are? And second - why in the world would anyone verify to you PRIOR to something like that happening, that is was indeed happening? Wow. John's not showing a lack of bias...he's showing a lack of CLASS. Poor John...couldn't get his scoop on the bloodletting before he headed home for the night.

 
at 12/01/2006 3:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Storm Bennett is no longer on KISS, I no longer listen to KISS. Today I went and bought my first satellite receiver from Sirius.

Sirius, can you get Storm on the radio with you people?

Clear Channel just cannot get any more boring. So long all the Clear Channel stations - you all now suck.

 
at 12/01/2006 3:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mo is a complete jerk.

Mo should have gotten fired instead of Greg.

 
at 12/01/2006 4:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't be fooled by satellite radio. Clear Channel is a major investor in XM. Also, the music programmer for XM, Lee Abrams, was one of the first consultants who sucked the life out of FM radio by slashing music libraries and dumbing down content 25 years ago. The notion that he won't eventually do the same on satellite radio is naive at best. Also, the head of Sirius, Mel Karmazin, is hinting a merger should take place between XM and Sirius. When competition is eliminated, the comsumer always loses: quality goes down and rates go up, up, up.

Any wonder the only long-standing EBN staffer let go was a woman? And a good one at that. Wendy joins the long list of quality women in broadcasting such as Cathy Lehrer, Anne Alexander, Cathy Cruise, Robin Wood, Bobbi Maxwell, Jaqui Brumm and others who were either fired or driven away from Jacor/Clear Channel. Who's the next female employee for EBN? Another Penthouse model? Or maybe a hooker this time. (Oh, sorry, they're all on the sales staff.)

 
at 12/01/2006 10:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mo is a good guy, actually alot like Waddell. He seems like he is everywhere for those cheap a-holes like Waddell. Did I read right in John's column today he was fired over the phone? Does anyone know that for certain? That seems pretty pathetic if that was the case? All my best to all the casualties at Cheap Channel. I am thankful everyday I haven't had to work for them.

 
at 12/01/2006 11:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mo who? I can say Bobby Leach is a man of many talents. Many of us that are left at CC are still trying to figure it out after all these years. LoL!

 
at 12/02/2006 7:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he's talking Mo Eggar (sp?)

Also, WEBN fired the wrong Walker!!!

 
at 12/02/2006 7:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

In five years there, I became good at reading between the lines, divining the probable truth from what was said. So I was fairly sure that I was going to be emptied out.

I was surprised by who else was in the room Wednesday. Some of them were already fixtures when I arrived in 2001. Many others I'd got to know over the intervening years, good people who gave their best.

It just proves yet again that there is no such thing as job security in broadcast radio.

My best to everyone else who is out and special appreciation to Wendy, Greg, Tom, and Todd. Also to Bobby D, who got axed awhile back in a separate deal. You're all good people in your own ways.

BTW, I'm not one of those you lot have mentioned. Nobody notices the guy who keeps things going. All I'll say is, I left it better than I found it.

 
at 12/02/2006 8:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey ANON 7:57.

I feel for you because I've been in your shoes. Whacked in '97 by (then) Jacor even though I worked hard, did a good job,was dependable and all that jazz....

I was inherited by them when Jacor bought my station from another company. I (and several others) was making WAY more money than they were going to pay and we all got it on the same day. My position was never filled again and eliminated.

I struggled for a while, and after a couple of failed ventures found another career in country club management and I'm happy again and having fun. Like radio, it beats working for a living. Plus I get a 2 month vacation during the winter so I can play with Internet Blogs on Saturday mornings.

I still miss radio and always will, until I read stuff like what occurred to you this week.

Good Luck and keep all you options open. I hope they wrote you a severence check big enough to get you through Christmas. Chill for a while to get yourself together. There's life after radio.

 
at 12/02/2006 10:25 AM Blogger Rick said...

Excellent post regarding the reasons not to get too giddy about satellite radio... It WILL go to hell down the road. You can take that to the bank. Remember the cable model? Offer a unique product, for about $1.98 per month. Sign up everyone in the world. Then, when you've got them all signed up, jack up the fees, blanket it in commercials, make it suck.
See class, it's simple.

 
at 12/02/2006 12:25 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

In John's defense... He is a reporter that's what he does. If something happens (good or bad)in the radio/TV world it is his job to report it. I never got the impression John was getting enjoyment out it.

As far as folks commenting on the talent cut backs... well get over it. They are in the public light and that goes with the territory and I think they know that. I made comments based on my likes or dislikes with their on air talent not towards them personally. I enjoyed Greg Waddell's work but who knows he might be a jerk in person but I can't comment on that. Pic might be a great person but sorry I didn't enjoy his talk show.

And back to reporting on layoffs/cut backs. Downsizing and restructuring happens in all lines of business. If Ford has a layoff the news will report it. I've been layed off and I've survived one - it sucks but life goes on. Who knows maybe some of them will show up on 94.9 or 96.5 soon?

 
at 12/02/2006 8:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firing 19 people at the start of the holiday season speaks volumes about the class of that company.

Broadcast radio is on the decline, whether it is satellite radio, webcasts or MP3 players...I would bet that more and more talented people leave the field and more stations become automated robots.

 
at 12/02/2006 9:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Merry Christmas, we have to lay you off. How can those managers that did that sleep at night???

 
at 12/02/2006 9:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would anyone want to get a job in radio??

I think back to when I took Radio I & II at Lakota High School under the tutelage of Kay Taylor. The majority of people were first class jerks. They were kind of the jerks/potheads/nerds/band members/big mouths/look at me types who liked to make fun of retarded kids and fat guys and girls. I have always harkened back to that experience when I hear some of the loudmouths on air. Think of EBN and WLW and the sports talk shows. Of course there are good people in most any line of work. Unfortunately it seems like those jerk types mostly survived the culling.

I remain very curious as to how the big shots think increased syndication, voice tracking, etc. will improve ratings and the bottom line. I find it patronizing. Since getting broadband I've found a world of podcasts and unique non-cookie cutter programs available.

I think broadcast radios' attraction has maxed out and they know it. They're on a fools errand of degrading programming and cutting costs in hopes of stemming the tide of an industry contraction.

 
at 12/03/2006 1:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Yeah, Merry Christmas, we have to lay you off. How can those managers that did that sleep at night???

12/02/2006 9:22 PM

they were told to get rid of them and so they did, it is heart wrenching but if you want to keep your job you have to, i was put into that position a few years ago it was horrible and i then found out that the owners of the business told someone else that they were hoping that i would refuse to let them go because then they could get rid of me as well so they could bring in someone else with less experience ans that person would then also make less money it sucked but thats how businesse are run anymore it all concernes money the bottomline

12/02/2006 9:35 PM as far as your comment about "I remain very curious as to how the big shots think increased syndication, voice tracking, etc. will improve ratings and the bottom line." with syndication especially if one program is distributed to the same company owned radio station(s)they can use the same show over and over for one price its like when all the buyouts started years ago and they ran all the contests and you had to call a tollfree number to win, a small market station could then have a major prize to giveaway but it was the same prize that was being given away with 100 other stations so what i am trying to say is 100 station give away one shared prize ie $100 x 100 stations equals $100 dollars i dont know when you went to school for radio 1 and 2 but radio is soooo different from 2 years ago

 
at 12/03/2006 7:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Improving ratings and the bottom line"

Take note ANON.

Only half of that matters anymore. THE BOTTOM LINE.

Cheap Channel could care less about ratings, so long as the bottom line hits goal. And since the company is being sold, the better the bottom line the higher the sale price.

They care a little about the ratings for WLW and WEBN. CC loads the other stations with pure GARBAGE programming as to not take any ratings away from the big 2.

Too bad about the 19 that were sacrificed, but I think more heads will be rolling soon and these won't be board ops and sales babes. A couple of big stars may be headed to an unscheduled "retirement".

 
at 12/03/2006 12:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in the room 3 years ago when 22 CC staffers were let go, including me.
I was told by the news director that there was a news meeting at 5pm that Friday. That news meeting was Mike Kinney telling 22 of us that our 'positions are being eliminated and today is your last day'. That's exactly what he said to us.
They had severence checks in hand (for me, severence was one half of my usual paycheck and nothing else.)
This was the Friday before Thanksgiving.
3 years later they've done it again - so they must figure out some way to sleep at night.
Clear Channel continues to destroy radio and people's lives with seemingly no regret at all.

 
at 12/03/2006 5:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:18 - I remember the 2003 cull. I thought I was going to be part of it. There was another in mid 2004, just before the move to Kenwood. Two engineers got it after the move - they held off until we'd all done our bit. I had thought I would be part of that one too. Third time's the charm, I guess.

This may be the push I need to get out of broadcasting. I was too settled-in (warning sign right there!) to make the move on my own.

 
at 12/03/2006 8:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the anon from WLHSland...take heart. We had the same thing in the early 80's at Scarlet Oaks under then Earle Forste.

His recommendation back then still holds true today. SALES. If you are doing your job, you're safe.

Radio gorillas have killed radio.

How to revive it? MAKE IT ENTERTAINING. I listened to a kid on MIX/Dayton early Saturday overnight and shook my head. Today's airtalent need to have a clue and exude some personality, unless mgmt has told them to do otherwise, which is idiotic. Then again, mgmt have shot themselves in the foot.

On another topic, John, thanks for the Bob Shreve website mention. There is also a yahoo group for Shreve and other local legends, back when TV and Radio were fun to be in! (Yes I ended the sentence with a preposition, sorry!)

 
at 12/04/2006 6:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personality doesn't matter in today's cookie-cutter radio. It costs too much money to have good people. They are all working in other careers now, while the minimum-wage card readers like the one you heard on Mix/Dayton are voice tracking for mulitple stations.

Thus, the boredom in his voice. How excited can you be reading the same drops over and over again, just changing the name of the town.

As for SALES. Clear Channel has a cap on how much you can make, just in case you become too successful. It all depends on how shapely you legs are and how much of those legs you show on you sales calls.

 
at 12/04/2006 10:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clear Channel is doing the same thing other businesses today do...only the bottom line matters, people don't. Read the business pages and you will find centralization, standardization, automation and any other cost cutting method being used and people getting cut. It is the way of the world in business today.
I agree whole heartedly with those slapping people making comments bashing people who were dismissed. As stated above, don't be surprised if your company does the same to you tomorrow and then what do you want people to say about you when you are downsized. All these people were good at their jobs or they wouldn't have been on air in the first place. I may not have been a fan of Waddell as a host but I thought he did a very good job filling in, covering the Bengals and with sports updates. Piecoro was growing on air and he brought some very good knowledge to the mic. When he talked horse racing, college football and a few other topics, he was probably the best informed host in town in those areas. He was very good on interviews and got some guests on that you rarely hear from. Unfortunately, he is not a shock jock or stir it up guy so that hurt him in today's radio. Good luck to all who lost their jobs.

 
at 12/04/2006 10:49 AM Anonymous Jon Bachmeyer said...

Pic would at least hear people out when they called too. He wasn't rude or condecending. He was a nice balance between the yelling going on in the morning, and the intensity in the afternoons. I would think no one will get vacay time now that Wadell is gone. He covered everyone's butt! I guess its up to Mo now...have fun with that Mo! There goes your free time! Oh well, Sirius and XM are taking their toll I guess...

 
at 12/04/2006 11:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon.

They're better off.

 
at 12/04/2006 2:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet the upper management will receive their Christmas bonuses

 
at 12/04/2006 3:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else see Kristen Cornet on NBC Nightly News? They were reporting on the snow in Chicago and Kristen was the reporter handling the weather portion of the segment.

http://www.nbcweatherplus.com/weathernews/7820275/detail.html

 
at 12/04/2006 4:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't look for Mo to stick around. If he actually has to work, chances are he won't like it.

 
at 12/04/2006 8:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back Kristen Cornet and Juliette Vara, both fine reporters.

 
at 12/05/2006 9:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Scott Springer included in the blood-letting? I haven't heard him on the air in a couple weeks. I heard Russ Jackson fill in yesterday. Oh. My. God.

 
at 12/05/2006 10:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. Satellite radio promoter! Read this from Radio & Records. Yeah, it's really great!!

Sirius' Sales Down, Subscriber Forecast Cut
Dec. 04, 2006
By Jeffrey Yorke



Sales of Sirius satellite radios have been a turkey since Thanksgiving, enough so that Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin waited until after the stock market closed on Monday (Dec. 4) to reduce the satcaster's subscriber forecast for the year to between 5.9 million and 6.1 million. Last month Sirius said it expected to end 2006 with as many as 6.3 million subscribers.

"While strong, this year's retail sales results since the Thanksgiving weekend have not been at the pace we had anticipated," said Karmazin in a statement. "We are updating our year-end 2006 subscriber guidance to between 5.9 million and 6.1 million. At the lower end of our range we will still add almost 20% more subscribers in 2006 than we did in 2005, a record year for Sirius. We have consistently focused on disciplined growth and continue that focus as we look to generate positive free cash flow this quarter."

The guidance range represents total net subscriber additions of approximately 2.6 million to 2.8 million in 2006, or year-over-year subscriber growth of approximately 80% to 85%.

Sirius closed down 8 cents, at $4.17, on Monday but fell even harder, 17 cents, to $4 a share, in after-hours trading as news of the new, lower forecast began making the rounds.

 
at 12/05/2006 8:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott Springer has not been let go. He has just been spending a lot of time at the Jennie-O Turkey tent.

 
at 12/05/2006 10:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy Furman was seen leaving a lunch meeting with a local radio exec this afternoon. Stand by for the announcement.

 
at 12/06/2006 8:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Margaret Buchanon read this blog?

 
at 12/07/2006 3:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been out of radio for 21 years now but it's sad to see nothing ever changes. Owners of a station I worked at in NE Ohio didn't bother to tell us we were being sold, they only admitted it after a friend was asked to give her opinions about what she would like to hear in a radio station and when she questioned what station the opinion taker told her what was going on. of course, I got called and she gave me the heads up. We all ran to managment, they admitted it but they never got a chance to can anyone, as almost all left within a couple of weeks of finding out.At another station, the owners promised they would not change format for 18 months, 9 months later they "gave" the station to a non profit group so they could get a tax write off. Guess it proves that to be an owner you must be a weasely bastard with a heart smaller then the Grinch's. Ass for me, I got into a line of work with a hell of a lot more job security...swimming naked in a pool of hungry sharks with bloody hams strapped to my body!

 
at 12/07/2006 10:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure why some of you are ripping on Pic. So what if he wasn't the smoothest of talkers? He cared about his show, and cared about its listeners by letting them maintain an active role in it. The syndicated crap that is on in his place now is absolute trash. I will be making the satellite switch very soon.

 
at 12/07/2006 12:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Report: Satellite Radio Not High On Holiday Shoppers' List

Bridge Ratings
As part of its ongoing analysis of satellite radio consumption, BRIDGE RATINGS this week began asking retail shoppers to provide a list of their top 10 "wish list" electronic items. The results showed the APPLE VIDEO iPOD in first place, followed by a digital camera, a portable DVD player, an APPLE iPOD NANO, a GPS navigation device, a camorder, an APPLE SHUFFLE, a Plasma TV, DVDs and a cell phone. Of the 48 items on the questionnaire, satellite radio ranked 45th.

 
at 1/01/2007 8:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greg Waddell is a loser.... just like the Bengals (nice playoff run)

 
at 10/21/2007 4:41 PM Blogger Chuck Patterson said...

Since I left radio, i don't keep up so I am way late on this but I felt compelled to say what I needed to say. Greg Waddell is a good man, a dependable talent and deserving of much better from his employer and from the people on this board that seem to feel a need to kick him while he is (was) down. It doesn't hurt to be decent, people!

 
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