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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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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Marty Thompson Fired By WUBE-FM

Marty Thompson confirms that he has been fired by Bonneville International Corp. owners of WUBE-FM, WKRQ-FM, WYGY-FM and WSWD-FM (The Sound). But he won't say any more than that, and neither will market manager Jim Bryant.

Bryant confirms that "Marty is gone." After he was dismissed Monday, Q102 program director marketing director Patti Marshall was promoted to operations director for all four stations. "We are looking for a new PD for WUBE-FM and WYGY-FM," he said. When asked why Thompson was canned, despite a #2 ranking in most recent ratings trends for B105, Bryant says: "I can't go there."

Thompson had been program director at country B105 for 2-1/2 years. He added the Wolf country station in November, when Bonneville acquired WYGY-FM (96.5) and The Sounds (94.9). Thompson had been out of the office for six weeks to go to the Ukraine and adopt a 6 year old boy with Down's syndrome. He was fired Monday, his first day back at work.

B105 was No. 2 in the winter ratings released in May for all listeners and the important 25-54 demographic. B105 usually has been a top 3 station in 25-54.

Known as "Marty with the Party" on old WDJO-AM, Thompson has worked for oldies WGRR-FM, WLW-AM and other stations here.


at 7/03/2007 1:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW. What was it he failed to do? What were the ratings for the Wolf and the Sound like? Were the owners disappointed with those numbers maybe?

at 7/03/2007 1:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty crappy to fire a guy his first day back after being gone to adopt a child. Says a lot about the station. It's a shame they choose to run there business that way.

at 7/03/2007 1:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

94.9/The Sound is attracting a large audience. Ratings link from this blog:

at 7/03/2007 2:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the job wasn't "kid friendly".

at 7/03/2007 2:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corporate radio cares about no one.
Ask Jim Labarbara and the 20 or so CC let go.

at 7/03/2007 3:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! This proves how nutty corporate radio is these days.

at 7/03/2007 4:20 PM Anonymous michael grayson said...

it says a lot about all commercial radio and their self destructive tendencies. marty is one of the most talented radio people to ever grace cincinnati... with ratings success and a good, respectful working relationship both with his staff and his competitors... apparently this counts for little these days.... he also happens to be a very good person... which counts for even less.... well, remember everyone, there's still a refuge for real radio at WNKU and other public radio stations here in town and on line.... how long will it be before some consulting genius is paid big bucks to put together a cincinnati radio superstaion staffed with the likes of jim labarbra, marty thompson, ted morro, jim smith, tom sandman and the rest?

at 7/04/2007 8:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Moly, what a cruel, cruel business... Whenever I think that I appreciate this fact, there is news of someone fired upon returning from overseas with an adopted disabled child.
I am in absolute shock--and have NO respect for Bryant. UNLESS something really malignant was discovered in Marty's business for the six weeks he was away.
If I went away for 6 weeks, I'd probably be executed upon my return!

at 7/04/2007 11:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anyone reading this post that could retain their employment when they never show up? Is there anyone who could get 6 weeks off to adopt a child? If it takes 6 weeks, send your wife, or become a missionary because your employees deserve better, as do your employers.
Marty did nothing for WUBE. Everyone knows Cat Thomas does all the work. Marty did nothing for WGRR and now look how well they are doing under Keith Mitchell's direction. Marty has no one but himself to blame. Don't blame radio, Bonneville , Cumulus, or Clear Channel for this one.

at 7/04/2007 12:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now we get to see the true "family values" of the Mormon Church

at 7/04/2007 2:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marty's first call should be to Supertalk. The ratings are in the toilet. Didnt they hire someone from CC to 'compete' with WLW, and the rest of the sports/talkers in Cincinnati? Hey Marty, do you know anything about Sports/Talk Radio?
Obviuosly they dont and theres no place to go but up.

at 7/04/2007 2:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 7/04/2007 3:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck Marty. I am sorry- and surprised- to see this has happened. You are talented and you will land somewhere.

at 7/04/2007 5:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paging Randy Michaels

at 7/05/2007 9:03 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Good riddance

at 7/05/2007 9:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for Martty, but maybe Cincinnati will get e REAL country music station now.Unless you are Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw or an American Idol wannabe your music won't be played.I will continue to listen to the REBEL 105.9.

at 7/05/2007 10:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! the latest batch of comments, if true, are certainly an eye opener!

at 7/05/2007 11:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't know the man and don't have any side to pick in whether he should have been fired...
but everyone who's outraged over him taking time off to adopt a child needs to grab a copy of the family and medical leave act. he could have taken 12 weeks off without penalty if he wanted to.
just another example of kiese posting "information" without doing any work of his own to verify it.
go ahead, kiese, keeping giving journalism a good name! maybe someday you'll understand that you bear some responsibility for what's posted on a blog with YOUR name on it!

at 7/05/2007 2:16 PM Anonymous Joe Richard said...

What amazes me is some of the posters, who most likely work in local radio, and post negative comments about Marty anonymously, are you people afraid to use your real names for fear of others seeing your true feelings? I don't work in radio, but Marty strikes me as being a good guy, one who knows his business. Maybe we should question how Mr. Bryant retains his position when the Q under his watch went from being one of the city's top stations to being an also-ran

at 7/08/2007 2:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone wantas to know more about Marty and great of a human being he really is..go to his website
This latest development is only a small obsticle for Marty..he will come out on top!

at 7/09/2007 10:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

did Jim miss compassion training? Do the Mormons approve? Do they know?

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