More on-air staff cuts at Q101, The Loop

Here we downsize again: Emmis made another round of staff cuts at its two Chicago rock stations today. From WKQX-FM (Q101), the cuts included Alex Quigley (who did weeknights 7-10), and Kevin Manno who did afternoons with his brother Ryan.

Instead, Q101 hired Tim Virgin to do afternoons from 3-7 p.m. with Ryan Manno moving into Quigley’s 7-10 p.m. slot. This is Mr. virgin’s second stint with a Chicago radio station.

Emmis’ other station in town (WLUP-FM, The Loop) let go four part-time weekend on-air staff members, including 32-year veteran Tim O’Toole.

There is also word that Pete McMurray has also been let go from The Loop.


2 thoughts on “More on-air staff cuts at Q101, The Loop

    • in certain cases downsizing is good. There has been way too much of it at Emmis. They need to reorganize their sales dept. Whoever the yahoo's are that think I should be listening too nothing but adverts for strip joints and impotence pills should be fired on the spot. I am sure there are more respectable products they could be using to pay the bills. Dont get me wrong, i love a good lap dance, but I dont want to have to turn the radio all the time so my son doesnt have to bombard me with questions about the stuff. Didnt there use to be a time, maybe back in the days of the StarBeat Dictaphone, when ads like that were relegated to after 10pm?

    • I like a good lapdance too! But seriously, this is what we call in the business "direct market advertising" – about as far from blue chip you can get. All you have to do is take a look at barter commercials for most syndicated courtroom TV shows, "Maury", and "Jerry Springer", and you see what I mean (no strip clubs, but those ads for lawyers and Craftmatic beds are no better…)

      You remember the StarBeat Dictaphone ads too? Good memory!

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