Clear Channel has been sending its work force a bunch of pink slips. It's the holiday season. Timing has never been a virtue at big broadcasting companies. The bottom line supersedes Kris Kringle.
Folks here at the company cluster in town have largely been saved thus far from the mass company layoffs. Outside of OM Alan Eisenson's abrupt departure in November, CC's SF-Sacto section has been relatively calm.
That could change.
Rumors abound that there's a fair chance of significant layoffs around the first of the year. Nobody has any real concrete evidence but if cuts are prevalent in big markets like Chicago and LA, then surely, SF, the story would go, would be on the Clear Channel hit list.
Newstalk 910, the local SF CC radio outlet, is supposedly close to a budget for the coming year. That could very well forecast its long-term plan for the station's news and talk local conduit involving hosts who are awaiting the news. Talk about the fiscal cliff. Yes, many people are nervous. Could you blame them?
*Yeah, so this media observer has issues with a sendoff on local TV news that bordered on the ridiculous with a so-called sports anchor professional crying out loud on live TV over a colleague's early exit to the art world procured by her bosses. About as uneven as the last sentence. Cry me a river.
*Meanwhile, on the Ronn front...everyone is calling and e-mailing. Hang tight, folks, we didn't anticipate a lot of late maneuvers but we're on it. Stay tuned.
*Speaking of KGO, the big bad guy that is temporarily running Cumulus SF is supposedly about to take aim at the station's personnel, on and off the air. Like I said, it's the holiday season. December is a cruel month. And this dude is all about that, so I've been told.
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