Yesterday's blog "The Bloodletting Starts at Clear Channel Denver" documented layoffs of ten people working for one or more of the Texas concern's eight area outlets, and noted that more cuts were expected. Unfortunately, management isn't interested in supplying specifics. Clear Channel Denver chief Lee Larsen, who previously discussed layoffs in a December 17 blog, referred a call for comment to Lisa Dollinger, a spokeswoman with Clear Channel corporate. Shortly after making an interview request, however, I received an e-mail from another PR type, Rey Young, who passed along the same Mark Mays statement already posted in a Latest Word blog earlier today. She added, "The company won't be commenting beyond sharing this. The company is also not breaking numbers down by geography or business function. Nor is it releasing names."
Not too forthcoming for a firm that runs many news and talk stations, including three here: KHOW/630 AM, KKZN/760 AM and KOA/850 AM. So I'll have to do with unofficial stats. An inside source says a total of eighteen people were let go from Denver stations, the vast majority working behind the scenes or in sales capacities at CC's FM signals: KTCL/93.3 FM, The Party/95.7 FM, KBCO/97.3 FM, The Fox/103.5 FM and KBPI/106.7 FM. Reports suggest that the AM stations were relatively unscathed, with the exception of Lynn Rosen (talk-show host Mike Rosen's daughter), who performed various public-relations functions. She's mentioned by name in a comments thread on the indispensable DenverRadio.net site.
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Unsurprisingly, a staff meeting of survivors held yesterday afternoon was a somber affair.
According to the aforementioned source, Larsen was extremely compassionate under the circumstances, emphasizing that those who were laid off hadn't suffered this fate because of anything they'd done wrong or a perception that they weren't pulling their weight. Rather, the culprit was identified as the current economic climate, which is striking businesses of every description, including those in the traditional media, with a special vengeance. Larsen went on to say that those who remain are valued employees, and urged everyone to pull together moving forward despite the uncertainties of the future.
That's all anyone in radio can do these days...