Layoff lane

Cuts at Clear Channel Chicago and 65 layoffs at Oxygen, which was taken over by NBC Universal over the weekend.

Among the cuts at CC Chicago: Armando Rivera, a mixer-turned-assistant program director and music director at WVAZ (V103); WGCI’s nighttime jock Victor “The Diz” Blackful; and overnighter Alexx Dupri at Top 40 WKSC-FM. The cuts at Clear Channel mirror those that happened recently at their clusters across the country, including Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, and Detroit (where twenty positions were recently eliminated.)

– Check out this blog post from Cleveland media veteran John Gorman, and scroll down to the comments section and read some of the Chicago-related posts, especially from one poster named Break Dance King. Couldn’t said it better myself.

“We are re-expressing our assets to achieve greater results”, says a manager at the Chicago cluster. Gee, how can you achieve greater results by firing the assets? Looking at WGCI’s and WLIT’s recent numbers, I say you guys need to do a whole lot more than “rearrange the assets”.