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.
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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.