The Clearance Begins at Clear Channel
We've tried all morning to get Dallas Clear Channel execs on the phone all morning to discuss layoffs there, which began at 7:30 this morning as expected (and our condolences to the departed, who include someone near and dear to Unfair Park). No luck so far -- and I don't expect any, as we've been phoning the normally accessible J.D. Freeman, Clear Channel's Dallas market manager, since Friday to no avail.
Earlier reports suggested that most of the 1,500 employees expected to be let go today would come from the ad-sales side. But from Chicago comes the story of a 20-year on-air vet being let go this morning as the conglomerate begins to syndicate national programming at the expense of local shows. I will update accordingly.
Update: Freeman has responded. He does acknowledge that "there will be a couple of talent changes. However, out of respect for our staff I would like to let you know after my staff meeting at 4 p.m." He has promised to call later this afternoon, and he is a man of his word.
After several years at CC hot AC KDMX (Mix 102.9)/Dallas, MD/midday goddess Lisa Thomas and morning ringmaster Tony Zazza have both exited. Thomas, who was a nominee for R&R MD of the Year, can be reached at email@example.com.