April 29, 2009

V103 (WVAZ) Chicago Cuts Loose Irene Mojica and Troi Tyler from Clear Channel's Massive Nationwide Layoffs

Clear Channel Radio eliminated 590 radio jobs nationwide on Tuesday and among those that got a pink slip were two popular and long time Chicago radio personalities. Let go were V103's midday host Troi Tyler and The Quiet Storm host Irene Mojica. (The "Mamacita" is one of my personal favorites, she really connected to Chicago listeners for more than 20 years) Program Director Kris Kelley will take over the midday shift at V103. Also let go at sister urban station 107.5 WGCI's was overnight host Sundance.

In Los Angeles, Clear Channel also released midday host and R&B singer Al B. Sure!, who was on air at urban ac station Hot 92.3 (KHHT). In Greensboro, North Carolina the entire on-air staff at 105.7 Kiss FM (WMKS) was let go including midday host KJ Bland. Don't worry they still have Harvey, Baisden, and Sweat to listen to. Since the beginning of this year Clear Channel has cut 1,850 jobs or 11.7 % of their radio division’s workforce. ...Amazing!

A couple of weeks ago Clear Channel announced a new programming initiative based on allowing program directors to pick and choose the highest performing on-air host from other Clear Channel stations across the country, along with setting up "so-called" local advisory boards in each city. Let's be real... Clear Channel survival model points towards the death of local radio, no matter what information they put out to the public. And I'm sure midday urban radio syndication is on the way to major markets.

If The Keith Sweat Hotel at night is any indication of what they're thinking about doing... then don't bother Clear Channel. The only question that remains is, who will they tap to be their midday queen? Hear that? ...opportunity knocking

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