The Radio Firing Squad: The Sequel

Eddie & JoBo,¬†Glenn Cosby, Effie Rolfe join ranks of radio’s unemployed For the second time this year, one-day mass layoffs have rocked the radio industry (and just like before, the layoffs happened… on a Thursday.) And similar to last March when they laid off more than 70 employees, Clear Channel was front and center of these mass layoffs: an estimated […]

T Dog’s Grab Bag: All Chicago, all the time

This is a double blue-striped, four red-star edition of the Grab Bag, containing nothing but local items! So fly the Chicago flag high over Rahm’s head and let’s get cracking: – As first reported by Robert Feder at Time Out Chicago earlier this week, Tavis Smiley and Cornel West – who were recently ousted by WBEZ on September 30 – […]

T Dog’s Grab Bag: TribLocal makes changes after scandal

Notes and news – in this mostly local edition of the Grab Bag: – As mentioned briefly in the Tribune bankruptcy post on Saturday, the Chicago Tribune was recently caught using fake bylines and plagiarizing and fabricating stories in TribLocal, the paper’s hyperlocal network of websites and print properties serving Chicago’s suburbs. On Friday, the Tribune announced it was parting […]

The radio firing squad

It’s a phrase we’ve been hearing for the last couple of years: it’s not a good day to be in the radio business. And no day was as brutal as this past Thursday. In addition to Cumulus cutting loose Chicago radio veteran Michael Damsky after four years at WLS-AM/FM, Clear Channel had to come and announce scores of layoffs – […]

Mancow, Cassidy out at WLS-AM

Mancow Mueller has wore out his welcome at yet another Chicago radio station. He and his on-air partner (former WBBM-AM personality Pat Cassidy) were shown the door at WLS-AM after their show concluded today, ending a run of only sixteen months (or nine more months than The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.) As of Thursday morning, Cisco Cotto will replace […]

WXRT to leave longtime home

CBS-owned WXRT-FM is leaving its longtime home in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side and is moving to new digs at the NBC Tower, where sister station WSCR-AM is located. The legendary station has been located in a building at 4949 West Belmont since 1972, and the station’s Adult Album Alternative format is the longest-tenured in the market […]

More radio layoffs

With CBS Radio pink-slipping, on top of Emmis’ recent cutbacks, as well as those at Clear Channel, it looks like its going to be another tough year for the radio industry. Among the casualties locally – WXRT GM Michael Damsky, who is out after 24 years.