Clear Channel is doing some big layoffs here in the Cincinnati market:
Tony Bender, Program Director for 55KRC and ESPN 1530, is gone. He writes "23 years. It was a good run. Tomorrow will be a good day."
Also gone is traffic man Brian Pitts. Another casualty was 700 WLW Promotions Director Sherry Rowland. She tells Local 12 News she was "laid off due to budget cuts." She posted on her Facebook page "ended work at Clear Channel Communications, Inc yesterday as a promotion director for 700WLW, Cincinnati ESPN 1530 and Fox Sports 1360."
Also gone, Mark Bianchi Digital Sales Manager
But after some Googling it doesn't appear to be limited to Cincinnati:
Word is filtering in from a growing number of CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT radio markets of a lot of downsizing taking place.
ALL ACCESS contacted CLEAR CHANNEL, and VP/Marketing & Entertainment ANGEL ARISTONE confirmed the layoffs: "We are constantly evaluating our organization and structure to make sure we are as well positioned as possible to continue to lead in the evolving marketplace.
I just wonder how much of this could be from Rush Limbaugh and the advertisers pulling out from his show? Of course it could also be the fact that Bain Capital owns Clear Channel and we know that Mitt Romney likes firing people.