Reader: Will the last Clear Channel employee please turn out the light?

Keefer.
Our posts about last week's layoffs at Clear Channel Denver (and affiliated stations across the country on what became known as "National Firing Day") prompted laments about pink-slipped personalities like KBCO's Keefer with reflections on what's happened to the radio biz. The comment here falls into the latter category.

davebarnes writes:

I am waiting for Clear Channel to figure out that zero is the optimum number of employees to have in order to maximize profit.

I am old enough to remember the shift from mainstream AM to free-form FM in the mid-1960s and I am young enough to expect to see the death of [music-oriented] FM radio.

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Chriss Hoffman
Chriss Hoffman

No time has it been clearer (when 3 major corporations control 90% of all newspapers, radio and television stations) its time for some serious anti-trust laws to be enforced.

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

The problem with giant corporations running all the radio stations is that it shoves certain artists down your throat while a lot of great artists go unrecognized. There's no way in hell shittastic bands like Nickelback would be around today if Clear Channel didn't shove them down your throat every single time. Black Eye Peas wouldn't have a career either, or Justin Beiber. People are sheep and think what's good is what's played on the radio. Do yourselves a favor and go check out some local bars and see the bands that are playing there. So many bands are better than the shit played on the radio.

jenweber333
jenweber333

So "Clear Channel" shows their holiday spirit by FIRING HUNDREDS OF D.J's across the country now termed "National Firing Day". Not for money saving or to save the company but because they've -----"Completely rethought our regional market strategy and reinvented our operations in those markets in a way that will let us compete on a new level — and succeed using all of Clear Channel’s resources, scale and talent,” a company spokeswoman, Wendy Goldberg, said Thursday. So essentially it's because they wanted to try something new. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, you're fired. Clear channel, YOU SUCK. Another corporation screwing the little guy.

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

Clear Channel is a complete fucking joke, they deserve every bit of ill will against them and more. The biggest hero in the world would be someone who could nuke Clear Channel and Monsanto all in one shot.

John Twigg
John Twigg

I have not listened to commercial radio in years. There is no "local" radio anymore. Everything is corporate owned and centrally controlled and managed. i too hate to see people lose their jobs, but i also hope that corporate radio dies quickly.

Todd Divel
Todd Divel

People still listen to the radio?

Wendy Dennie
Wendy Dennie

Clear Channel sucks and will pay for this. Uncle Nasty RULES!!

Zack Lewis
Zack Lewis

I haven't listened since National firing day.. clear channel can go suck it!!!! Pandora or Ipod for me!!! HAIL NASTY!

Ryan Rafferty Ames
Ryan Rafferty Ames

I hate to be the asshole, but traditional radio is awful. So as much as I hate to see people lose their jobs, it's looking like this is the end.

Delon Randon
Delon Randon

Clear channel is messing up Denver radio! Cha Cha, uncle Nasty... come on! These people make Denver radio what it is!

J Gonzo Booth
J Gonzo Booth

Another name for "Clear Channel"--THIRD RIECHT-- "BYE-BYE KBPI"

ecurmudgeon
ecurmudgeon

Actually, Mr. Barnes nails it - Clear Channel has all but admitted that their long-term plans are to eliminate local staffs and programming, replacing them with a handful of national programming feeds branded under the "iHeartRadio" moniker (Top-40, Country, Urban, "Modern Rock", "Classic Rock", "Mook Rock", etc.).

In this model, they would be no different than satellite radio, other than using ground-based radio repeaters. There may be some content partnerships with "local" TV stations for news feeds so as to stay nominally within FCC regulations, but don't expect anything more than that.

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