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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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Friday, December 14, 2007

John Phillips, Mr. K Fired By Clear Channel

More budget cuts at Clear Channel today: John Phillips, a local radio personality for 32 years, was fired this morning. And at 2:30 p.m., just confirmed that Mr K, midday guy on WEBN-FM, was let go too. (Heard of any others?)
Phillips had hosted the WKRC-AM (550) morning show with Brian Thomas for the past year, replacing Brian's father, Jerry Thomas. He's best known as the traffic reporter, starting at WKRC-AM in 1975 and moving to WLW-AM in 1983. (And for shooting at groundhogs from the WLW 'copter at the Blue Ash airport.
Phillips says he had a feeling he could get axed today, the rumored day for Clear Channel's budget cuts. Last year Clear Channel cut 20 people in early December.
"I had a one-year deal, with their option to renew. I asked them several times during the negotiating window, and they never got back to me... because they knew I wouldn't be renewed.
"They told me the position was eliminated. They're just going to go with one person on the morning show. I guess they just couldn't justify the expense of two people there.
"We all knew today would be the day they were making the cuts. I've been here long enough to know every year somebody gets it.
"I'm surprised I didn't get it a year ago. But being allowed to do that morning show for a year was great. Instead of just thinking I could do it, I know I can. I'm happy with the way I sounded on the morning show.
"There are no hard feelings. I'll be fine. People know who John Phillips is, they'll have something for me. I'll find something. I want to stay in town, and stay in radio."
Gregg Doyel, 9 a.m.-noon co-host on Clear Channel’s WCKY-AM (1530 Homer) was fired in a budget move Thursday.

When you think about, Clear Channel has lost a lot of talent (and salaries) since Andy Furman's firing on Nov. 1, 2006:
Andy Furman
Jerry Thomas
Angry Guys Tom Gamble & Richard Skinner
GM Karrie Sudbrack
Craig Kopp
Greg Waddell
Pat Barry
Gary Burbank & his sidekicks by Dec. 31?
Who else?


126 Comments:

at 12/14/2007 1:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just more evidence that Cincinnati radio is fading into history. How can you justify slashing your talent pool that much, and expect listeners to stay loyal? Just like every local radio station flipping formats every six months. Every day I am ever more thankful that I bought a satellite radio.

 
at 12/14/2007 1:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firing people right before Christmas ... again.

You stay classy, ClearChannel.

 
at 12/14/2007 2:10 PM Anonymous cindy said...

Yikes! Merry Christmas Clear Channel management! You guys are a bunch of grinches!

Not only do you not understand who is popular here in town, you have no comprehension of loyalty.

Have a Wonderful Christmas as you enjoy your bonus checks. This stuff just makes me sick.

I always enjoyed John and I'm really sorry to see him go.

 
at 12/14/2007 2:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, for one, would not like to hear John Phillips and his tacky traffic reporting. A few years ago there was a horrible accident on 275, and his comment, ON AIR, was "looks like someone won't be making it home for dinner tonight." I found that truly tasteless and disrespectful. That person was somebody's loved one. Hopefully he'll take this down time and gain some tact and maturity.

 
at 12/14/2007 2:25 PM Blogger Tom said...

In place of John (Phillips') salary I can only guess how big a Christmas bonus the higher management at Clear Channel has given themselves.

 
at 12/14/2007 2:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just more talent for other stations to pick up. Angry guys and Furball are on another channel on the FM dial. Anyone on 1530 Homer, 550 WKRC and 700 WLW should be shaking in their boots for their job.

 
at 12/14/2007 2:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose no time of year is a good time to be fired, but how do those corporate people sleep at night, firing folks this time of year for "budget" reasons? Would it really hurt to wait until the first of the year? WWJD?

 
at 12/14/2007 2:39 PM Anonymous T Dub said...

Who are the goofs making these decisions? John deserved better. Also, the recent format switch on 96.5 is a joke!!! Bring back Furman, and Philips can be his sidekick.

 
at 12/14/2007 2:43 PM Anonymous Bill said...

Clear Channel is the worst thing that has happened to Cincinnati radio. John has been a part of these airways for 32 years and they let him go because they are too cheap.

They will replace Burbank with the cheapest person they can find. I am done with 1530, 700, 102.7, 92.5 and any other clear channel radio.

Hey Clear Channel, here is a thought. Maybe if you stop firing your best on air personalities more people will listen and thus you can charge more in advertising. Just an idea that has been floating around radio since its birth.

 
at 12/14/2007 2:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clear channel Sucks. Are they trying to lose listeners? Burbank will be replaced by someone who already has a full time job like Cutler and Daugherty. And like Cutler and Daugherty they too will suck.

 
at 12/14/2007 2:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not just Cincinnati - Clear Channel is getting rid of the talent and salaries here in Memphis, too. The only good thing about here is that Citadel Broadcasting is picking them all up.

 
at 12/14/2007 2:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gregg Doyle was let go by 1530 this morning as well

 
at 12/14/2007 2:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The powers that be at Clear Channel have no soul, but that is nothing new; we knew that a long time ago. The morning show was the only thing I still listened to on local radio ever since I received a satellite radio for Christmas last year. I enjoyed John and Brian and getting the local news on their morning show, but I think I'm done listening to local radio. It's boring to have only one morning host and Brain isn't his dad, that's for sure. I have always liked John Phillips and am sorry he got the axe ten days before Christmas. You will be missed John, but you'll find something else and I am fairly sure you'll find better bosses almost anywhere. That is the last time I listen to 550. There is nothing else on that station worth listening to.

 
at 12/14/2007 2:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMHO - Phillips was/is better than Thomas

 
at 12/14/2007 2:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just ordering a new car. Hoping I can get one with out the radio! Maybe I can save some $$$!!!Nice job Guys....

 
at 12/14/2007 2:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well this just sucks. No JP, no Dave Ramsey, all gone in two days. I guess this is our Christmas lump of coal thanks to radio station management. Humbug!

 
at 12/14/2007 3:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't believe they got rid of Gregg Doyel too...he was the only person worth listening to on 1530.

 
at 12/14/2007 3:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clear Channel sucks. I hope John lands with another station.

 
at 12/14/2007 3:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah...the new 96.5 format is horrible. I'll miss Furman in the afternoons.

 
at 12/14/2007 3:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Moly...
I thought John was THE bright spot on that morning show!
What a ruthless, merciless, conscienceless business...

My Christmas wish: that the folks who ordered the firings themselves are let go so they can get a taste of this mess...

 
at 12/14/2007 3:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. K fired?! Is Clear Channel going without DJs? Seems like he's the only voice I ever hear on their FM stations.

 
at 12/14/2007 3:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no "dog in the fight," and I understand that "it's just business." But, firing within weeks of the holidays? What a bunch of dirtbags. I'll get satellite - businesses need to be penalized for recklessly, carelessly bad decisions.

 
at 12/14/2007 3:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am just so sick of Clear Channel. They have absolutely ruined radio for me. I have stood strong against satellite and iPod, but the people I KNOW are being fired 10 days before Xmas - AGAIN! It's ridiculous the way Clear Channel continues to make money. The people of Cincinnati should avoid ALL Clear Channel Stations. They have absolutely no class, fire the only talent that they have...well I will look on the bright side, I'm sure John Phillips will find a job for a company that appreciates and deserves his talent. Clear Channel should be banned from the area!

 
at 12/14/2007 3:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phillips should have stayed, Jerry's kids should have been canned. He needed Phillips to carry him.

 
at 12/14/2007 3:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those who are unclear how Clear Channel has taken over radio in Cincinnati (and Ohio) here is the list of other stations they control. Please don't listen to them.


Call Sign: WARF-AM
Format: Sports
Metro: Akron, OH More...



Call Sign: WHLO-AM
Format: News/Talk
Metro: Akron, OH More...



Call Sign: WHOF-FM
Format: Adult Contemporary
Metro: Akron, OH More...



Call Sign: WKDD-FM
Format: Hot AC
Metro: Akron, OH More...



Call Sign: WFXN-FM
Format: Classic Rock (FOX)
Metro: Ashland/Mansfield, OH More...



Call Sign: WMAN-AM
Format: News/Talk
Metro: Ashland/Mansfield, OH More...



Call Sign: WNCO-FM
Format: Country
Metro: Ashland/Mansfield, OH More...



Call Sign: WNCO-AM
Format: Nostalgia
Metro: Ashland/Mansfield, OH More...



Call Sign: WSWR-FM
Format: Oldies
Metro: Ashland/Mansfield, OH More...



Call Sign: WXXF-FM
Format: CHR (KISS)
Metro: Ashland/Mansfield, OH More...



Call Sign: WXXR-FM
Format: CHR (KISS)
Metro: Ashland/Mansfield, OH More...



Call Sign: WYHT-FM
Format: Hot AC
Metro: Ashland/Mansfield, OH More...



Call Sign: WBEX-AM
Format: News/Talk
Metro: Chillicothe, OH More...



Call Sign: WCHI-AM
Format: Nostalgia
Metro: Chillicothe, OH More...



Call Sign: WCHO-FM
Format: Country
Metro: Chillicothe, OH More...



Call Sign: WCHO-AM
Format: Nostalgia
Metro: Chillicothe, OH More...



Call Sign: WKKJ-FM
Format: Country
Metro: Chillicothe, OH More...



Call Sign: WSRW-AM
Format: Nostalgia
Metro: Chillicothe, OH More...



Call Sign: WSRW-FM
Format: Country
Metro: Chillicothe, OH More...



Call Sign: WCKY-AM
Format: Talk
Metro: Cincinnati, OH More...



Call Sign: WEBN-FM
Format: Rock
Metro: Cincinnati, OH More...



Call Sign: WKFS-FM
Format: CHR (KISS)
Metro: Cincinnati, OH More...



Call Sign: WKRC-AM
Format: Talk
Metro: Cincinnati, OH More...



Call Sign: WLW-AM
Format: News/Talk
Metro: Cincinnati, OH More...



Call Sign: WNNF-FM
Format: Hot AC
Metro: Cincinnati, OH More...



Call Sign: WOFX-FM
Format: Classic Rock (FOX)
Metro: Cincinnati, OH More...



Call Sign: WSAI-AM
Format: Sports
Metro: Cincinnati, OH More...



Call Sign: WAKS-FM
Format: CHR (radio)
Metro: Cleveland, OH More...



Call Sign: WGAR-FM
Format: Country
Metro: Cleveland, OH More...



Call Sign: WMJI-FM
Format: Classic Hits
Metro: Cleveland, OH More...



Call Sign: WMMS-FM
Format: Classic Rock
Metro: Cleveland, OH More...



Call Sign: WMVX-FM
Format: Hot AC (MIX)
Metro: Cleveland, OH More...



Call Sign: WTAM-AM
Format: News/Talk/Sports
Metro: Cleveland, OH More...



Call Sign: WBWR-FM
Format: 80's Rock
Metro: Columbus, OH More...



Call Sign: WCOL-FM
Format: Country
Metro: Columbus, OH More...



Call Sign: WLZT-FM
Format: AC
Metro: Columbus, OH More...



Call Sign: WNCI-FM
Format: CHR
Metro: Columbus, OH More...



Call Sign: WTVN-AM
Format: News/Talk
Metro: Columbus, OH More...



Call Sign: WYTS-AM
Format: Talk Radio
Metro: Columbus, OH More...



Call Sign: WDKF-FM
Format: CHR (KISS)
Metro: Dayton, OH More...



Call Sign: WDSJ-FM
Format: Jazz
Metro: Dayton, OH More...



Call Sign: WLQT-FM
Format: Soft AC (LITE)
Metro: Dayton, OH More...



Call Sign: WMMX-FM
Format: AC (MIX)
Metro: Dayton, OH More...



Call Sign: WONE-AM
Format: Sports
Metro: Dayton, OH More...



Call Sign: WTUE-FM
Format: Rock
Metro: Dayton, OH More...



Call Sign: WXEG-FM
Format: Alternative
Metro: Dayton, OH More...



Call Sign: WDFM-FM
Format: AC (MIX)
Metro: Defiance, OH More...



Call Sign: WNDH-FM
Format: Soft AC
Metro: Defiance, OH More...



Call Sign: WONW-AM
Format: Nostalgia
Metro: Defiance, OH More...



Call Sign: WZOM-FM
Format: Oldies
Metro: Defiance, OH More...



Call Sign: WPFX-FM
Format: Classic Rock
Metro: Findlay, OH More...



Call Sign: WBUK-FM
Format: Oldies
Metro: Lima, OH More...



Call Sign: WIMA-AM
Format: News/Talk
Metro: Lima, OH More...



Call Sign: WIMT-FM
Format: Country
Metro: Lima, OH More...



Call Sign: WLWD-FM
Format: Dance/Top 40
Metro: Lima, OH More...



Call Sign: WMLX-FM
Format: AC (MIX)
Metro: Lima, OH More...



Call Sign: WZRX-FM
Format: Rock
Metro: Lima, OH More...



Call Sign: WDIF-FM
Format: AC (MIX)
Metro: Marion, OH More...



Call Sign: WMRN-AM
Format: Talk
Metro: Marion, OH More...



Call Sign: WMRN-FM
Format: Country
Metro: Marion, OH More...



Call Sign: WCPZ-FM
Format: AC (MIX)
Metro: Sandusky, OH More...



Call Sign: WLEC-AM
Format: Nostalgia
Metro: Sandusky, OH More...



Call Sign: WMJK-FM
Format: Oldies
Metro: Sandusky, OH More...



Call Sign: WIZE-AM
Format: Sports
Metro: Springfield, OH More...



Call Sign: WCKY-FM
Format: Country
Metro: Tiffin, OH More...



Call Sign: WTTF-AM
Format: AC
Metro: Tiffin, OH More...



Call Sign: WCWA-AM
Format: News/Talk
Metro: Toledo, OH More...



Call Sign: WIOT-FM
Format: Rock
Metro: Toledo, OH More...



Call Sign: WRVF-FM
Format: Soft AC
Metro: Toledo, OH More...



Call Sign: WSPD-AM
Format: News/Talk
Metro: Toledo, OH More...



Call Sign: WVKS-FM
Format: CHR
Metro: Toledo, OH More...



Call Sign: WAKZ-FM
Format: CHR (KISS)
Metro: Youngstown, OH More...



Call Sign: WBBG-FM
Format: Oldies
Metro: Youngstown, OH More...



Call Sign: WBZY-AM
Format: Oldies
Metro: Youngstown, OH More...



Call Sign: WJST-FM
Format: AC
Metro: Youngstown, OH More...



Call Sign: WKBN-AM
Format: News/Talk
Metro: Youngstown, OH More...



Call Sign: WKST-AM
Format: Talk
Metro: Youngstown, OH More...



Call Sign: WMXY-FM
Format: AC (MIX)
Metro: Youngstown, OH More...



Call Sign: WNCD-FM
Format: Rock
Metro: Youngstown, OH More...



Call Sign: WNIO-AM
Format: Nostalgia
Metro: Youngstown, OH More...

 
at 12/14/2007 3:17 PM Anonymous Les Nessman said...

Please fire Mike McConnell next. He used to be at least interesting, but all you hear now are rants that global warming is a lie and you should be able to smoke in kindergarten if you want to. We get it Mike, lay off it please. He sounds more and more like Andy Rooney every day! Go give penguins some smokes and aerosol spray cans Mike.

 
at 12/14/2007 3:21 PM Blogger Brian said...

From the days when Jim Scott and JFPO went at it in AM drive, Cincinnati radio has been fun. With all the bad radio news this week - and next, I agree that the death knell is sounding for Cincinnati radio as we know it. Forget personality and identity; its all about confiscatory ad rates - low overhead = lots of the green salad of salvation in San Antonio. Think I'll start listening to the AM hacker in Flemingsburg - at least you know its truly local.

 
at 12/14/2007 3:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not renewing a contract b/c of budget reasons?........ That isn't getting FIRED you moron. Very ignorant headline. Use some tact in your stories.

 
at 12/14/2007 3:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"People know who John Phillips is, they'll have something for me. I'll find something."

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!!!

Have you checked the local radio market lately?

 
at 12/14/2007 3:32 PM Anonymous BAL said...

CLEAR CHANNEL NEEDS TO LET GO THE STATIONS MANAGERS AND THEIR OVER PAID UNDERWORKED BEAN COUNTERS

 
at 12/14/2007 3:33 PM Blogger Henry said...

Merry Christmas Cheap Channel ! What a joke.

 
at 12/14/2007 3:37 PM Anonymous alb said...

CLEAR CHANNEL NEEDS TO LET GO THE OVER PAID UNDERWORKED BEAN COUNTERS 1ST THEN SELL MOST OF THE CINCINNATI STATIONS FCC MUST BREAK UP CLEARCHANNEL NOW

 
at 12/14/2007 3:43 PM Anonymous Better Watch Out ClearChannel said...

Budget cuts... Why should Clear Channel care what we think? They strong arm the small guys off the air, fired people right before the holidays and cookie cut the stations to sound like each other. They own the majority of the stations so they figured that you will have to listen to them one way or the other. But the majority of the people are NOT.
Reason for the budget cuts...Because more people are turning the radios off. Have you figured out, ClearChannel that your actions have consequences. That is why more people are listening to their CDs and satellite radios. Keep this up, you will be the ones fired from Cincinnati!

 
at 12/14/2007 3:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clear Channel did the same thing in Atlanta last year with their AM and FM stations. Local icons on both stations for years were let go and syndicated radio was the replacement. Local radio is rapidly becoming extinct.

 
at 12/14/2007 4:01 PM Anonymous Dave said...

Rumor has it that Clear Channel even tried to fire Marty Brennaman and than realized he didn't work for them. What a classless organization!

 
at 12/14/2007 4:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's worth noting that the FCC rules allowing Clear Channel to control so many stations were changed by the current administration. Is this the free market you want?

 
at 12/14/2007 4:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clear Channel is a joke. WEBN will go down the drain with them soon.

 
at 12/14/2007 4:11 PM Anonymous Animated said...

Way to go clearchannel(Webn). Keep the idiots (wildman and late night ppl)get rid of the good.

It never ceases to amaze me what companies do. It's all about the bottomline and to hell with quality.
The right before Xmas action is a nice touch. I'll do my best to avoid your clients.

 
at 12/14/2007 4:16 PM Anonymous Les Nessman said...

Hey Retard, when you work someplace and they tell you they don't want you to work there anymore, that's called getting FIRED. Do you even know what the definition of tact is? Look in the dictionary, take tylenol for any headaches.

 
at 12/14/2007 4:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I always said... Mr. K is the worst DJ ever! Could not stand to listen to him.

 
at 12/14/2007 4:21 PM Anonymous Robb said...

Clear Channel is a multi-million dollar corporation trying to make a profit for it's shareholders. They don't care about their employees or the lives that they lead. Clear Channel is monopolizing Cincinnati media outlets. Wake-up citizens of Cincinnati!!! You are hearing ONE voice which is corporate Clear Channel.

 
at 12/14/2007 4:23 PM Anonymous Godgifu said...

I WANNA WRITE A LITTLE BLOG ABOUT THE FIRING OF THE SKY "FROG"....
WTF ??????
....As for the firing of such a terrific guy as John Phillips, there are no words to describe the loss. We here (location undisclosed) are truely disappointed and hope that Phillips will find a position here in Cincinnati. He's raised his family around Cincy Radio.
I'd like to know who's next? Bob the Producer? Eddie fingers? Wildman Walker?
RIP FROG!
I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN LISTEN ANYMORE!

 
at 12/14/2007 4:24 PM Anonymous Harpin Onangin said...

RADIO IS DEAD. KIDS ONLY LISTEN TO CRASE, FM CHILDISH, SEXUAL INUENDO TALK SO THE GOOD HUMOR AND TALK IS OVER THIER HEADS. COMPANIES LIKE CLEAR OUT THE CHANNEL HAVE PLANED FOR YEARS TO GET RID OF HUMANS AND HAVE CENTRALIZED, CHEAP, PRERECORDED HOMOGINIZED NATIONAL RADIO FROM ONE LOCATION (LIKE OMAHA, PRETENDING TO BE LOCAL). THERE WAS AN EPISODE OF WKRP IN CINCY BACK IN THE 70'S WERE THEY REPLACED ALL THE PERSONALITIES WITH A COMPUTER... NOW HERE IT IS. WITH ALL THE OTHER FORMATS(INTERNET, SATELITE, IPODS ETC..) REAL RADIO IS DEAD. NO LOCAL BANDS WILL EVER GET ON THE AIR. NO LOCAL HERO OR PERSONALITY WILL "POP" INTO THE STATION FOR FUNNY STORY AND WHEN AN EMeRGENCY HAPPENS LOCALLY YOU WILL GET A REPORT FROM SOME GUY IN HOUSTON READING IT OFF A COMPUTER SCREEN. AGAIN.. RADIO IS DEAD.

 
at 12/14/2007 4:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you John for everything. CCC. Clear is probably the worst name for your organization. Firing at Christmas time? Wow.

How pathetic.

 
at 12/14/2007 4:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I were (STILL) a ClearChannel employee, I would definitely go shopping for a new position before Christmas. I guess the untalented, cheap labor should be safe though.

Time to go buy that Satellite Radio.

 
at 12/14/2007 4:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't say as I'm surprised... buy up every station you can, and run them all with the same 5 people (at severely reduced pay, of course).

Good question, though... what is WLW replacing Burbank with? Extending Bill "Grate(d) American" Cunningham's show to 5 1/2 hours? God help us all.

Wonder what WAIF's up to these days...

 
at 12/14/2007 4:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John was great, I hope he finds a new home on Cincinnati radio.

Clear Channel is horrible, they don't care about their listeners, why should I care to listen

 
at 12/14/2007 4:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone seems to have forgotten a couple positive points about Cincinnati's other radio companies.
Cumulus, though they aren't a crowd favorite either, will be hiring people for their new station soon, and have maintained live and local air staffs on their other signals.
Radio One doesn't utilize an overabundance of voicetracking, and instead opts for local talent.
Bonneville, aside from the controversial Marty Thompson issue, has hired an airstaff for The Sound over the past year, and also keeps their stations fully-staffed, with the only exception being The Wolf morning show.
There is plenty of good out there, if people can stop craving and dwelling on bad news.

 
at 12/14/2007 4:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great 32 years John, hope to hear you again real soon.

As for Clear Channel, thank you for destroying radio in Cincinnati and all over the U.S.

 
at 12/14/2007 4:52 PM Anonymous Nothing personal business owner said...

Nothing personal but John and Jerry's kid were waaayyyyy too bland and in agreement on everything. That's why I stopped listening. Craig Kopp and Jerry were great! I loved it when they would argue.
My suggestion is lose Jerry's kid and bring back Craig with guest hosts to spar with.
....and it plain 'ole sucks to be let go around the holidays, but that's BUSINESS. Folks need to remember where they work is NOT family and it's nothing personal!

 
at 12/14/2007 4:57 PM Anonymous Vern the Worm said...

When they put the investment show on WLW @ 11:00 AM Saturday morning, I knew it was a matter of time that they would start going after the talent. Daryl Parks - watch your back, You're next ! Is Cunningham pulling the strings and making the cuts??? The world is going to end. ( John P. you were a great talent and it's clear channels opps )

 
at 12/14/2007 5:06 PM Anonymous Colonel Panic said...

Radio is irrelevant anymore. You can try and spice it up with gimmicks like HD Radio or format changes, but times have changed. The most humorous people aren't on radio anymore. The best music can't be found on radio anymore. The way that Cheap Channel is run is just a symptom of the fact that terrestrial radio is nearly dead. Too bad that talented people have to pay the price for Big Radio(TM)'s unwillingness to truly innovate.

 
at 12/14/2007 5:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

this happend for two reasons...Sirius and XM.

 
at 12/14/2007 5:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a sad day in Cincinnati Radio, John Phillips was right up with the rest of the talent pool that is no longer around the clear channel family.

You have to wonder what is going on, at this rate the only left standing will be Jim Scott.

 
at 12/14/2007 5:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Randy Michaels, for completely screwing up an entire industry.
I hope that counting your money is keeping you busy, you selfish ass.

 
at 12/14/2007 5:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

No loss. Phillips thinks he's a lot smarter than he is. Brian Thomas sounds like he's still going through puberty.

Jerry & Craig were awful, too; Jerry with his loose dentures, inability to pronounce anything other than WASP names and his belief that NewsMax is an actual news source (vs. Joe Farah's agenda outlet), and Craig's lack of intestinal fortitude made Alan Colmes look like the Collosus of Rhodes by rhetorical comparison.

But, when your demo is housewives and retirees, you're not going to get too much deep thinking. At least Brian & John canned the stupid Q&A contests. And now we know why Phillips has been using so much of his vacation time.

 
at 12/14/2007 5:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blaming the CURRENT administration? The law that allowed Clear CHannel to own this many stations was created in 1996. Bill Clinton was President. But don't let the facts get in the way of your blaming everything but your burned microwave popcorn on W.

 
at 12/14/2007 6:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't feel too bad for the Cincy area considering what CC has done to other markets. CC has literally given up on Atlanta. What little talent CC has in Atlanta are the rejects from CC/Tampa. Give it time, WLW will be shadow of its former self.

 
at 12/14/2007 6:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Clear Channel...Firing yet another well known and popular on voice, wait not just one, that was two today. Right before Christmas, how about you give explanations to their families you management trash. Oh by the way your "Ever so important friday afternoon mandatory meeting" for your Account Execs. lost my business today. I was planning some advertisement, that would have been greatly expanded in the New Year, but guess what I'll Be Damned If I Advertise On WEBN again. I was upset to hear what you did to those radio personalities, then my Account Exec. calls me to reschedule our ad meeting to make it to your afternoon meeting. Who is important in your market...it sure isn't your customer. YOU SUCK!!!

 
at 12/14/2007 6:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the television stations, radio is shoving garbage into our brains. Thank god someone invented the iPod. With over 1800 songs, I now have something decent to listen to while I am stuck in Cincinnati traffic. I stopped listening to radio almost two years ago, and recently I had my cable disconnected, and I do not miss either.

 
at 12/14/2007 6:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is a bash CC thread, but Supertalk just got rid of 90% of their employees. Maybe no one here cares because no one listened?

Just like Wal-Mart, the big boys always have a target.

Come on did you actually think that list (Burbank, Phillips, Thomas) was going to work forever?

Very shortsided of a lot of you. Time moves on and so do radio shows.

Just like when you buy a new car. Your sad to let the old one go, but looking forward to the new one.

 
at 12/14/2007 6:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr K is a lengend in rock radio...one of the best. Why they decided to axe him and keep that clown Jay Gilbert (who does suck btw) is beyond me. MUCH more of a talent than Gilbert and most other rock radio DJs

 
at 12/14/2007 6:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a clear example of the BAD LAW that allows one business to hog ownership of media. Clear Channel needs to be forced to sell most of their local radio business.

 
at 12/14/2007 7:02 PM Anonymous Michael A. Banks said...

There's a sad irony to all this. Cincinnati once matched New York, LA, and Chicago in radio programming and talent, and fed more than one major network. Cincinnati/WLW-TV was big in live television programming long after most of the rest of the country had moved on to mediocrity. Now we get to "enjoy" what everyone else gets on radio and TV. It's ironic, indeed, when you consider that Ruth Lyons' audience in 1960 was the same as Oprah's today (7 million).

And there will never be another Gary Burbank!
--Mike

 
at 12/14/2007 7:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too late. WLW already IS a shadow of its former self. The only good radio left is Smooth Jazz on 1480AM and Prager/Medved/Hewitt on 1450

 
at 12/14/2007 7:33 PM Anonymous DwntwnTerry said...

Well let's see, You get rid of John Phillips and yet you "execs" wonder why your ratings suck.... Gee maybe I should be a radio exec. Sounds easy enough that anyone can do it. Now I maybe just a High School Graduate but I give free courses on common sense to execs and CEO's. I was in the military and I gave common sense courses to officers. They didn't like it but that's too bad... Just remember kids, you reap what you sew.. John Phillips, I salute you and please accept my very best wishes

 
at 12/14/2007 7:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Phillips was great. I'm done with clear channel and all of it's stations and all of their advertisers. Brian you better keep your resume up to date. I hate to say, you're next....

 
at 12/14/2007 8:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

can anyone say sirus and love it thats where all good talents going check it out

 
at 12/14/2007 8:20 PM Anonymous MAD DOG said...

My partner will be very much missed
I've been missin him since 1990 WOW
Am I really that old? Think I'll
come back to the Nasty Natti and open up a BIG NEW! club with Phillips, backed by Pete Rose just
another convict buddy. Good luck
jimmy... Live from Tampa Bay It's
the origional MAD DOG Redden that is............

 
at 12/14/2007 8:41 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

This sucks for JP but I can't say I'm really surprised by the move - he was pretty expendable. Seems like they were pretty much just trying to find something for him to do since he wasn't doing traffic anymore. Actually who couldn't see this coming for while? Once the airborne traffic reports became obsolete his days were pretty much numbered... Bad timing - at least John too saw the writing on the wall.

As for Mr. K - YEEESS! Listening to him is sooo painful. He sounds so condescending, like he is so above playing music or something - especially on Big Hair Wednesday. I gave up on listening to BHW a while ago because everything is a joke to him. I've never met the guy but comes off as an arrogant jerk on the radio. Finally CC does something right. Unfortunately it won't make up for all they've done wrong over the past few years.

 
at 12/14/2007 8:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

More collateral damage in the wake of Howard Stern going to Sirius. Don't think it's true, turn the clock back to December 2005 when Stern left terrestrial radio (97.3 locally). Everything was stable for years until Howard built up an audience that dropped WEBN's ratings. When Stern left in January 2006, that's when the dominoes really started falling all across Cincinnati radio. 97.3 changed format, Bob & Tom moved up in the ratings, WEBN was forced to tone down its "R" rated act and become "PG", the new 97.3 format failed, and the list goes on. To me this is another example of why the NAB is fighting the XM-Sirius merger so hard. People are tired of the stale formats and commercials on terrestrial radio.

 
at 12/14/2007 8:57 PM Blogger metallik said...

I stopped listening to WEBN and the other clearchannel stations years ago. The music selection was horrible and the incessant commercials drove me nuts. If you want decent radio, try 91.7 WVXU. An MP3 deck in the car (or satellite radio) pretty much eliminates any reason to listen to clearchannel. A shame how they ran WEBN into the ground.

 
at 12/14/2007 9:00 PM Anonymous Elrod said...

Mr K is gone & they keep that crap on in the mornings. What a joke. I scan ebn this morning & all they talked about was some loser getting drunk at the Christmas party. Anybody got a satellite radio for sale?

 
at 12/14/2007 9:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You idiots, XM and Sirius have nothing to do with this. NOTHING. They have so few subscribers, it's not even a blip on the radar. This is totally about corporate greedheads who are compensated through bonuses for making cuts. People like Chuck Fredrick have blood on their hands and he is a perfect example of someone in a position of power who has absolutely no idea of what he is doing and is only in his position because he is tall (seriously) and because he would never challenge anything that the corporate powers that be tell him to do. Quit weeping for terrestrial radio, it's been dead for years. I should know, I've been in it for 25 years now.

 
at 12/14/2007 9:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 3:15: Unless my radio is bugged, explain to me what difference it makes as to which station I listen to.

John Phillips wasn't even a good traffic reporter. But you could tell he always wanted to be a radio announcer and that anyone would give rip about his opinions (just like no one gives a rip about mine).

A couple of other guys who should hit the road:

Jim Scott could pretty much phone in his show. He has all the personality of a machine. Ever wonder why he never really interacts with people he's interviewing or any of the correspondents? Sounds like he just hangs up on them.

And then there's Seg. Who first put a mic in front of this guy? Stuttering and radio usually doesn't work too well. Seg is a case in point.

 
at 12/14/2007 10:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since they are cleaning house they should get rid of some of the other fossils and the day guy who hangs up on everybody that does not agree with his viewpoint. I have bought a satelite radio so I don't listen much to 700 & 55 much more anyway. Someday they will find an old am radio and a newspaper and wonder what kind of relic it is.

 
at 12/14/2007 10:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Money Shot Demo..........

39 year old married woman who thinks her child or her has: ADHD, lazy eye, nail fungus, lead poisioning, MSRP Staph infection, thinks Hanna Montana is a real person, child molester is following her, believes Jim Scott does live interviews, thinks snow storms are worse than when she was a child......

 
at 12/14/2007 10:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't let the door hit you in the a**, John! Jerry Thomas was/is a class act. Willie brings fun to the table. Gary "Rev. Skaggs" Burbank, well, he's awesome. Gary Jeff Walker and Sensible Don are the best. If Clear Channel wants to fire someone, get rid of Jim Scott!!

 
at 12/14/2007 10:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Crosly guys are turning in their graves over what has became of 700!

 
at 12/14/2007 11:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a long time local cop and "brother" of John Phillips. "Brother" as in Law Enforcement Officer. Mr. Phillips was a great asset and tool for cops on the street prior to 9H10 (Hamilton Co. S.O. helicopter)

For what its worth John, I can remember running around the heliport in Blue Ash as a youngerster, and watching you take off and land. Thank you for so many good years.

 
at 12/14/2007 11:15 PM Blogger rednk-n-eurp said...

Corporate radio couldn't pass fast enough, in my opinion. They should cut more pinheads at the top. It's not Cincinnati radio, it's a corporate octopus getting harpooned.

 
at 12/14/2007 11:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree! Is it me or are the things you loved being taken away?! no 96.5 talk. Its been replaced with crap! No dave ramsey no andy furman no glenn beck! Radio isn't even worth listening to any more. All big corps just suck. And now the two guys i grew up listening to Gary burbank and john P are canned?! sad sad SAD!!

 
at 12/15/2007 12:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see, John Phillips, angry guys, Furman, etc.etc. etc. They would have fired Nuxhall if he was still here. Talk radio has everything to do with personality, and Clear Channel has shown its true colors, and they bleed green. When their ratings hits rock bottom, maybe they will wake up...

 
at 12/15/2007 12:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why I only listen to public radio. Cincinnati is blessed with three of the best public radio stations in America. 89.7 WNKU, 90.9 WGUC, and 91.7 WVXU. Tell Clear Channel to drop dead and switch the the only decent radio left in America. NPR.

 
at 12/15/2007 12:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clear Channel will really be a "Clear Channel!"

 
at 12/15/2007 1:10 AM Anonymous Dead center said...

So long Phillips, and good riddance. I just love to see big business squash the little ultra-conservative man who justifies their heartless ways. And he's kissing their butt on his way out because he knows they're now the only game in town. NPR rocks! If you don't like it it's because you never listened to it.

 
at 12/15/2007 1:49 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its amazing these jokers want you to buy into HD Radio - claiming its going to give you more variety. They can't even program & keep a staff on the current stations! Why would I expect HD radio to be any better???

I will gladly pay for my satellite radio - and get the same stations I love no matter where I take the receiver.

 
at 12/15/2007 2:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm, it's radio. Who cares?

 
at 12/15/2007 2:29 AM Anonymous SAD TIMES IN RADIO said...

POWELL CROSLEY JUST ROLLED OVER IN HIS GRAVE,,THE BIG ONE IS OFFICIALLY DEAD,,STOP USING THE MONIKER,,THERE IS NO LOYALTY TO THE LISTNERS ANYMORE, WILL LOOK INTO XM AND SIRRUS TOMMOROW...WHAT A SHAME.

 
at 12/15/2007 3:30 AM Anonymous Mark said...

It's time we hear IMUS on local radio. I mean how boring is Thomas & Scott on the morning drive? Anyone can read the 'Enquire'. Love him or hate him IMUS is where it's at! Wake up Clear Channel!
Welcome to Cincy IMUS!!

 
at 12/15/2007 5:09 AM Anonymous Stanley Leibowitz said...

Firing Phillips was just payback from the corporate weasels for shooting their brethren the groundhogs.

 
at 12/15/2007 11:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The time has come for somebody in Cincy with deep pockets (any nominees, Kiese?) to think out of the box (satellite? internet?), round up all the discarded talent, make sure the news/info needs are covered, and launch a first-class radio operation. If you build it, we will come.

As a tranplanted Cincinnatian now living in TX, I'm ashamed that CCC is based in the state of TX.

 
at 12/15/2007 12:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you hate what CC is doing to local radio then lobby your local congressional reps to push the powers that be to allow the Sirius/XM merger.

If you don't have satellite radio....well, you should really get it if you can afford it.

 
at 12/15/2007 12:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I agree with Mr. K (I couldn't listen to him-he always sounded like someone who just woke up constipated), I highly disagree with not renewing John Phillips' contract. John was a value entity to Republic Broadcasting and JACOR. Hopefully Randy and Bobby Lawrence will find a spot for John with LocalTV (and hopefully LocalRadio).

Radio has taken another dive lower towards all-computer, no personality. And despite what people say, it's not Randy Michaels fault, it's Congress for allowing owners to go from 4 stations to 7 station to owning over 30% of all radio stations.

And, kudos to Clear Channel for pulling the Mama Carlson and firing just before Christmas.

Let's face it, just like Star Trek predicted future items and times, so does WKRP.

One last thing. Gary Burbank, please, for your last ending, end it with saying "BOOGER".

 
at 12/15/2007 4:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The FCC ruined local radio when it allowed companies to own and control more than two stations in a market. Clear Channel controls almost all of Cincinnati Radio. That's why a year ago, I went with XM AND Sirius radio. I'd rather pay for quality and selection, then listen to totally boring and talent-less radio. My favorite radio personality was Storm Bennett, as I recall they canned him around this same time last year. That was the last straw, with him gone, I went to Sat - boring Clear Channel can have a clear channel - as in no listeners.

 
at 12/15/2007 4:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The two angry guys, greg doyle, and john phillips, who's next? SEGMAN. This all in less than a year @ clear channel. As for 96.5, I was not a fan of Furman but some of the nationaly syndicated shows I did enjoy, not to mention Denny McKeown on Saturday mornings for all of us landscaping enthusiast

 
at 12/15/2007 8:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listen to the Alan Cutler 24 hour network. All Alan/All Day.

And that's a beaut-i-ful thing.

 
at 12/16/2007 11:35 AM Anonymous Dr. Jonathan Fever said...

The future of the Big One? Outsourcing. They're already outsourcing sports talk to the Enquirer and Channel 5. Watch for Burbank to be replaced by a generic show host from out of state, or someone with a full-time job in another field. Watch for 700's news to be handed over completely to WLWT. Any phone calls to the station will be handled by a call center in India.

 
at 12/16/2007 1:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kind of arrogant, aren't you, John? It's more like nobody cares who John Phillips is.

 
at 12/16/2007 4:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Thomas will never be fired. If you fire Thomas' kid...Jerry and everything he still endorses will go bye bye too. CC Cincinnati would be in worse shape then they already are. And how long before Mo Eggers gets fired and they replace him with Dan Patrick.

 
at 12/16/2007 11:11 PM Anonymous Anderson guy said...

Clear Channel has destroyed Cincinnati Radio. WEBN used to be a very creative, cutting edge station when the Wood's owned the station. It's been potty humor and programed heavy metal teanage rock since Clear Channel took over.

I got Sirius a few years ago and couldn't be happier.

John Phillips did a great job as a traffic reporter. He will be back.... look forward to day that the big corporations give up on local broadcasting.

 
at 12/16/2007 11:22 PM Anonymous yellow Z06 Corvette said...

Jerry Thomas is a has been. Who cares who he endorses? Morning FM/AM radio has about 20 to 25 minutes of substance and the of the time it's just commercials or endorsements.

I have been beating the drum for 15 years that Clear Channel was ruining Cincinnati Radio. Powell Crosley must be rolling in his grave!! I subscribed to Sirius last year and have been very happy with it, very few commercials and a lot of choices and no Clear Channel!!

John Phillips will be back

 
at 12/17/2007 5:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Phillips was a great addition to the show, I wish John luck which he doesn't need. He is very talented and I am sure he will find something. I think that radio as we know it is going away, at least free radio, which is a big shame. Also Brian is great and I hope he won't be next. Nobody is safe in this world of cutthroat management.

 
at 12/17/2007 7:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of you people are out of your minds.
Satellite radio is failing.
Clear Channel doesn't own everything in Cincinnati, and didn't ruin all radio in this town.
Terrestrial radio still makes plenty of money and has over 90% of all people listening every day.
WLW has solid ratings (they're still comfortably #1), and you call for Darryl Parks' head on every single post.

This thread is filled with over 100 posts by a vocal, and annoying, minority.

Best wishes to those who lost their jobs. They're people who need income and insurance just like anybody. And that's never more true than in this season.

 
at 12/17/2007 9:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a die hard talk radio listener. These people are like family to me, keeping me company on my commute. Is Clear Chanel in such bad shape it needs to fire it's face to the world? Try finding cheaper toilet paper for the office before you cut off your listeners' friend. Hope the advertisers are listening, beacuse I'm not....anymore.

 
at 12/17/2007 9:58 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darryl Parks is the worst thing to ever happen to Cincinnati radio. His show is horrendous. They must keep him around to play the hatchet man. Believe me, this is the majority speaking.

 
at 12/17/2007 10:41 AM Blogger Robert Scott said...

When John started co-hosting the morning show on 55KRC he no longer was flying the helicopter and doing traffic reports for the different local Clear Channel stations. How come he got out of doing that? He was very talented and reliable in that broadcasting space.

 
at 12/17/2007 11:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Between the slashing of Craig Kopp, John Phillips and now Supertalk 96.5 going to rock? I'm all podcast now baby.. tired of this runaround.

sigh..

 
at 12/17/2007 12:10 PM Blogger frank said...

John brought a fresh and common sense approach to the morning news. Does his firing mean that I now have to find a different station for my morning commute? God bless you, John.

 
at 12/17/2007 1:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, it's pretty sad when they dump guys like Phillips and keep around guys like McAlister.

All you hear from him is what TV show he and his wife watched in bed, what his kids like to eat, where he went with his dad and how "hot" the local femal weather personalities are.

 
at 12/17/2007 7:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The following is humorous take on the current condition of Cincinnati radio.....

Rumor has it that Clear Channel is trying to posthumously fire Ruby Rapp, Ruth Lyons, Bonnie Lou, Bob Braun and Paul Dixon, recovering millions from their estates, when adjusted for inflation!

A imaginary Clear Channel spokesman was quoted today, "the really good news....there will be record bonuses paid once again to our executive staff this year!!!

We couldn't be happier!!"

 
at 12/17/2007 8:18 PM Blogger gli said...

I live in Preble County and reception is lousy. I would occasionally listen to the 550 WKRC morning "show". What always struck me more than anything else about Phillips and Thomas was their self-serving, narrow mindedness.
I find many statements here as to how wrong Clear Channel was to get rid of John. John Phillips routinely ridiculed anyone who criticized a corporation or a corporation's decision to get rid of people. He was always a "competitiveness", "free market", "no regulation" of the corporation, nor even oversight, type of guy. So you're condemnation of Clear Channel probably doesn't set well with John or Brian.
He'll do fine, just as Brian Thomas has in claiming he was not previously aware of John's imminent termination. John appears to be a hard core whatever it is currently going by the "Republican" sobriquet. He'll do fine. He'll do whatever it takes to get back to the top, he has shown, as Thomas recently alluded to, that he will do whatever he has to, to get what he wants. When Brian made an off-handed comment, jokingly, off-air, that "I'll be watching my back", he may not have been that far off the mark. Best of luck to you John, enjoy the free (not fair) market.

 
at 12/17/2007 8:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clear Channel should give Phillips the 3:00pm slot on WLW after Burbank retires. They should give him his own show since Mike McConnell went national and barely talks about cincy news. He would be great on there after Willy.

 
at 12/18/2007 7:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, Don't forget on 1530 Homer Jeff Piccoro (excuse my spelling) was canned too. Big mistake on getting rid of the Angry Guys. The "Cut Man" sucks, all he talks about is the crappy Bungals. You can't enjoy radio in this town, because all they do is change the formats and the hosts. It sucks.

 
at 12/18/2007 12:42 PM Anonymous Earjams said...

Clear Channel has one voice and one style all over this country. Talk about Vanilla Radio. All of the guys with originality are retiring, getting fired, or being ousted due to "budget cuts." If only Cunningham were one of them.

 
at 12/18/2007 8:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame that deregulation created the monolithic state of radio we have today in Cincinnati and other US cities. Don't feel too sorry for Phillips as his best buddy and mentor, Randy Michaels, helped create this Frankenstein!!

John flys on Randy's jet every chance he and Betsy get!

 
at 12/19/2007 7:46 AM Blogger rg_church said...

I've like most of your changes the past couple of years, but Brian Thomas over John Phillips - you've got to be kidding! Forget radio morning shows now -- I'm getting up and watching Imus on RFD TV.

 
at 12/20/2007 10:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

........Guess what ?? You can add me and my keen listening ear to your budget cuts !!! I have listen for 30+ years. With classy acts like this, I'll move my attention to another format. Dave from Loveland !!

 
at 12/22/2007 12:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have lived her all my life, I have met Pat Berry, John and a few other people we hear everyday on the radio, kinda grew up with them, I too have moved to XM (owned by Clear Channel) and I still flipped every morning to John, now NOT THE same, I guess I will start my morning with Quinn & Rose and screw local advertisers till John is back on some where!

 
at 12/23/2007 11:09 AM Blogger SMSSecretary said...

How was it decided to let John go and keep Brian?

 
at 12/24/2007 8:17 AM Anonymous Shirley J. said...

That's it for me.. John and Brian were my companions on the way to work every morning.. Guess I'll just listen to CD's . Big mistake you guys..

 
at 1/02/2008 7:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clear Channel is no different than any company that has the "bean counters" in control. I remember that Nick Clooney was fired from Channel 5 by Walter Bartlett of Avco Broadcasting ON CHRISTMAS EVE! My recollection of what was reported to me was that Nick questioned Mr. Bartlett about the timing of his release and the reply was, "...it's just a business decision."

Loyalty to faithful employees is - and has been - gone from corporate America for years. I was quietly fired from Channel 5 with no notice and only 4 weeks severance after working there for 13 years.

I've got a distinct distrust for any large company and as a result, I've worked for myself for 15 of the last 24 years.

That being said, Clear Channel is reacting to a shrinking audience on ALL their stations. Content delivery to the end user is no longer dependent upon AM or FM radio. Satellite radio (I've got XM), internet radio, and podcasts have fragmented what was, 70 years ago, a national treasure. Part of that treasure was found here in Powell and Lewis Crosley's gem, WLW.

If WKRC, WLW, and other stations were owned by families, there would doubtless be lots of disfunction but there might be more care for the people who work there. Actually, that's the case for ANY company in ANY business.

Rob Reider
WLWT, 1970-1983

 
at 1/05/2008 11:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former radio personality I feel I am qualified to comment on the dismissal of John Phillips. Clear Channel fired the wrong man. With his dry sense of humor and varied knowledge background, John could have carried the morning drive time at KRC all by himself. You could tell that he has radio in his blood. Unfortunately, Brian Thomas did not inherent his father’s radio talent. He has no on-air personality to speak of and he talks way too fast. It is abundantly obvious that this is his fist radio job. Inexperience can be expected in a small rural market, but Cincinnati is not a small market. One wonders why he gave up being an attorney to take relatively low paying radio job. I live in Dayton but I hardly ever listen to Dayton radio stations. Like in most cities, Clear Channel owns most of the stations here. I used to listen to WONE when they played the classic forties, fifties, and sixties music and had DJs who were knowledgeable in that area. The station had a large, loyal audience. However, in their infinite wisdom, Clear Channel changed the format to all sports all the time and fired the DJs. It didn’t seem to matter that three other sports stations already served the Dayton market.

Glenn Crawford
WQRP-FM 1987 - 1996

 
at 1/18/2008 3:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got on here today to find out what actually happened to John Phillips, as I must have missed it the day they announced it. I really liked listening to John Phillips, he has brains and doesn't just repeat sound bites, he can form his own opinions. I'll be listening to just one more Morning Show with Brian Thomas, to make a list of the advertisers so I can write or call them and tell them I won't be listening to the Morning Show any more unless John Phillips is put back on. They're wasting their advertising dollars in the meantime.

 
at 1/24/2008 7:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard if John has surfaced on the radio anywhere?

 
at 3/12/2008 1:35 AM Blogger Robert Scott said...

I used to love listening to John reprimand foolish drivers while doing traffic reports in the helicopter.

In 2000 or 2001, acting station manager Bill Cunningham had John fill in doing the noon to 3:00 p.m. talk radio slot on 700. Bill told the radio audience that John showed early signs of retaining a vibrant radio audience. The phone boards always lit up when he was doing his show.

John turned down an offer to do afternoon talk radio. Maybe that was a missed opportunity to jump into a lane that would keep him in radio longer.

He was one of the few who could hold an audience in the early afternoon before Cunnningham left the evening show and went to 12:20 -3:00 p.m.

I hope one of our Enquirer reporters can get us up to speed on how things are going with John.

 
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