Andy Torri, KBCO Studio C engineer, victim of Clear Channel firing days after new disc's release

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Update: Since last week, we've been documenting the latest batch of layoffs at Clear Channel Denver stations -- a nationwide action referred to by affected staffers as "National Firing Day;" see our previous coverage below. Among those canned was Andy Torri, engineer for KBCO's acclaimed Studio C sessions; his walking papers arrived shortly after the 24th annual CD in the series was released.

Torri is best known among music scenesters as a longtime associate of Big Head Todd and the Monsters. His page on AllMusic.com credits him as an engineer, producer and even photographer on a slew of the band's albums, including 1991's Midnight Radio and 1994's Strategem. He also contributed to recordings by acts such as Rubber Planet, Hazel Miller and Mick Brown.

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His connection with Studio C and the namesake CDs is explained on the KBCO page featuring program director Scott Arbough's liner notes for the 20th edition of the series. A now-out-of-date excerpt reads:
In April of 2000 I was promoted to KBCO Program Director and no longer had the time to engineer Studio C sessions. Andy Torri had been assisting with engineering in Studio C for many years. He stepped up and became the KBCO Studio C Engineer and continues in that role today.
The artists who took part in the sessions during the period when Torri oversaw them include Sting, Coldplay, Stevie Nicks, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello and many, many more.

The 24th edition of Studio C, benefiting the Boulder County AIDS Project and the Food Bank of the Rockies, went on sale at the beginning of this month, and even though physical CDs aren't nearly as in-demand as they were when the series started, they're already sold out. Their popularity is due, no doubt, to the good causes and the participation of acts such as Mumford & Sons, Wilco and Jimmy Cliff. But Torri definitely did his part, too -- which only makes what happened to him career-wise only a few days later that much more unfortunate.

Look below to see a Metromix feature about KBCO's Studio C sessions, followed by our previous coverage.

Continue to read our previous coverage of the latest Clear Channel layoffs.


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marlarobbinson
marlarobbinson

I cannot remember the last time I listened to KBCO or had any inclination to. I am not surprised their Studio C has lost its charm over the years or why they are still being made when Clear Channel has destroyed that station years ago. R.I..P. KBCO/Denver radio - you had a decent run.

Travis Volz
Travis Volz

Neither of those guys made me want to tune in at all. Denver radio sucks.

TebowRules
TebowRules

Its is now long past time to establish an annual "Clear Channel Dead Pool" with forecasts on who will be next to get the axe from this financially (and more) bankrupt megacorporation which is slip sliding to the deepest extent imaginable of oblivion in the next few years.  2013's nominees for inclusion on the Dead Pool (in likely order of experiencing that ax) are April Zesbaugh, Mike Rosen, Tom Martino, Rick Lewis & Michael Floorwax, Cory Lopez, Ginger the Midday KBCO Wench, Colfax the Ultimate Slacker, Kathy Walker, Kathy Lee, Robert Sharkey, and any and all of the scant remaining local talking heads on 93.3 and 95.7.  Perhaps Roberts can set up a link on this page where readers can go and establish their own list with a prize like a gift certificate to a nice local restaurant for the winner 55 weeks from now.

Cal...
Cal...

Anyone upset about this just needs to revert to listening to community and college radio. Colorado (especially Denver/Boulder) is blessed (borderline SPOILED) with incredible radio content. You need to preset stations like Radio 1190, 88.5 KGNU, and 89.3 KUVO and just cycle through them on a given day. You need to listen in and call up the DJs and make suggestions or requests. You can even get involved and have your own show if wanted to! No special schooling necessary. 

It's an incredibly open community and if people continue to be dazzled with whatever artificial, cookie-cutter product that every faceless company produces, that community will soon die. It's a spirit of support that they truly need - but if at all possible - throw them some dough during pledge drives. That's another cool aspect that people seem to forget. Unlike every other type of media you pay for, no one at these stations forces you to pay a set amount for their services. Pay only what you can, but most importantly, just LISTEN.

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

iPod, old scratchy CDs, and that new comedy channel on 103. Radio killed the Radio Star

Five_Three
Five_Three

@DowntownDTown Do you figure this is a sign Internet radio is killing off terrestrial radio?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Pandora is killing Radio ... like Craig's List destroyed newspaper classified ads.

Adapt or Perish!

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

Brainwash programming .... It's easy as 123 sponsor friendly

David
David

Bain Capital owns Clear Channel Outdoor Advertising. I have a close friend from Arizona who got "Bained"after working for Clear Channel for over 20 years.. When he got his rif (reduction in force) notice, he was told it had nothing to do with performance and was all about cutting costs.

Not sure if Bain owns the radio division but it definitely seems like the same business model.

Jim Ronan
Jim Ronan

Radio as it exists today will be obsolete in ten years or so. As more new vehicles come equipped with satellite receivers and ipod connections, the audience for AM/FM will continue to recede. Public radio may be the first to go. Why would you donate $100 a year or more to keep a public station afloat when the same money could go toward satellite radio where you get hundreds of commercial free alternatives without the frequent and annoying fund drives...

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

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.

Nick Browning
Nick Browning

It's clear channel, the investment bankers of the radio world.. Sucks about uncle nasty, I've been listening to him for a while....

stroch1209
stroch1209

Clear Channel is like a virus which constanly makes people ill.   Go away and hide your ugly corporate face

Lucas Jeffery
Lucas Jeffery

I worked at my college's radio station all four years I was there, so there will always be a special place in my heart for AM/FM broadcasting. However, radio personalities have to move toward Podcasting to stay relevant (This American Life, Freakonomics, TWiT, etc). Computers and Software can always play songs for us.

Rachel Griffin
Rachel Griffin

They are digging their own grave... The only reason to listen to local radio is for the local content and personalities. When they get rid of that, what's the point of listening when at least with pandora you can get what you want and don't have to wade through top 40 crap. Keefer was great- he played up and coming local stuff just to keep it fresh. That said the newspaper is no better - When Westword and Denver post fired all their local contributors (Kenny be, Adam cayton holland, mike littwin, etc etc etc) to bring in syndicated content, what's the point of even picking up a paper when you can get the same stuff online. The 4th Estate is dead and we have no one to blame but ourselves. There is no one watching the henhouse. Oh I forgot, Rupert Murdoch is .

Jeff Martinez
Jeff Martinez

I don't listen to much radio, but now I will go out of my way to NOT support a ClearChannel station. Part of the reason people still listen to radio is for the familiar personalities .

James Freeman
James Freeman

The best radio in this town is all on the am dial anyway. Viva 1190 and 1340!!!

Philip Fick
Philip Fick

Pandora,spotify, sirrius xm, satellite is the way to go.

Jennifer Ad Meliora Reeves
Jennifer Ad Meliora Reeves

It makes me sad. I drive a 13-year old car for a living, and my radio is all I have in that sweet ride. But that being said, radio's been a communication and entertainment medium in its death throes for a long time. I sure don't listen to it to discover new music. All the formats are shit.

Lee Grillo
Lee Grillo

XM/Sirius is the way to go! Lots of music channels, bases on decade, genre, most commercial free-you also get public radio, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, every MLB, NBA, NFL game, comedy-and it plays anywhere in the mountains. Got it 10 years ago and never looked back!

Lenn Stout
Lenn Stout

They just don't get it - with all of the other options out there, they should be putting their efforts into how to make their product more attractive - focusing strictly on cost reduction ignores the root challenge - it's a lose-lose formula

Anthony Chavez
Anthony Chavez

Hail Nasty! Keefer is a huge loss, but what do you expect from corporate radio! The formula they use to program is not conducive to intelligent listeners. If you listen to any corporate station, you only need listen for one hour to hear everything they play for the entire day.

Steve Winans
Steve Winans

Gave up on the radio many years ago. Garbage playlists, yammering DJ's and commercials.

Jessi Whitten
Jessi Whitten

I grew up listening to Uncle Nasty and I'm shocked about Keefer.

Brett Baldylocks Brunswig
Brett Baldylocks Brunswig

Radio is dead. Has Ben for a while now. Unlistenable. The morning shows are the worst. Satellite all the way

Drea Van Grinsven
Drea Van Grinsven

Yup no body likes commercials or hearing the same songs repeated constantly. I'm a pandora or iPod person now. 2 radio stations pulling crap in 1 week, lame.

Kellie Lankutis
Kellie Lankutis

Spotify and Pandora are the way to go. I can listen to almost any artist I want for a small monthly fee. That fee is worth not having to listen to talk shows or very little commercials.

Rob Ruby
Rob Ruby

I stopped listening to radio years ago when I found out what good music actually is.

Alex Kilzer
Alex Kilzer

i think its good. let them go from the giant to create small, new communications station(s). perhaps one that showcases true talent and not what is "paid" for/

joshmishell
joshmishell

@Five_Three @downtowndtown it's the lack of commercials that are killing off old timey radio. that alone is worth $10/month to me.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@David David, Bain is indeed involved in the financing of Clear Channel's radio arm. Thanks for the post.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@davebarnes A strong post, Dave. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

Five_Three
Five_Three

@joshmishell I also never have to hear 'Slacker and Steve' on Pandora, which is nice. @downtowndtown

DowntownDTown
DowntownDTown

@joshmishell @Five_Three Amen to all of that!

joshmishell
joshmishell

@Five_Three @downtowndtown exactly. i am in love with Spotify, and there's not much old timey radio can do to get me back. FU clear channel!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Vietnnamese? Not likely. The term you're looking for is "offshore," not "outsourced." Outsourcing is basically using a contractor.

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