Monday, October 5, 2015

CBS Radio Planning Major Cuts; KCBS Local Station; Rumors Swirl That Radio Might Be Sold

 CBS Radio --according to my local eye ear is planning major layoffs and SF is on the list of the latest slash and dash.

Hello, KCBS.

How many people isn't known but the cuts will be across the board and include all stations in the division.

Even senior reporters, editors, anchors and producers will not be immune to pink slips.

Which will only further fuel the rumors that CBS is once again thinking about selling its radio stations to pay for its mounting debt in other departments.

Oh, Les Moonves doesn't really care for radio but he does like steak and lobster.

We'll be watching.



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10 comments:

  1. With all the people complaining about the local radio and TV stations,I'd sell the stations too. Oh well, the times are changing.

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  2. A pair of scissorsOctober 5, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    I'll be a happy man as long as they get rid of Jan Wahl...she's almost as hideous as Christine.

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  3. CBS is pruning its radio properties for a sale? Here's another breaking news bulletin: The 49ers need a new quarterback.

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  4. We need an all news station here in the bay area. Leave KCBS alone.

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  5. Les has bad taste. He did marry that Chinese woman.

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    1. And people wonder how Donald Trump is polling so high...

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  6. Started listening to CBS Newsradio stations as a kid back in Chicago in the 70's. Always thought of them as some sort of public utility or service. WBBM there. WPOP in Hartford where I went to high school. DXing the stations from Boston, New York, Philadelphia and DC. KNX when I moved to LA. KCBS when I moved here. Whenever I'm in a weird town on business I either pick up the local affiliate or punt and stream something on the internet.

    The quality has been eroding a bit over the years both on the national network or local level—especially over the last 15 or so. When a good guy like Al Hart would leave—his, or anybody else's replacement, was close but not an equal.

    I really hope the executives in New York don't screw it up.

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    1. The New York executives already have when they sold off KFRC. We're now stuck with crappy radio and they're crying all the way to the bank,

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  7. The bean counters who make these decisions are probably back east and only look at the bottom line of how to do whatever they can to cut costs to the bare minimum as soon as possible. They don't give a damn about the people who work so hard to make the station great day to day. They would break the union and outsource the news staff to some part of the country or even outside the US where wages are cheap and use as much syndicated shows as possible. It would be Cumulus KGO 2.0. They won't be around to take responsibility during the next disaster when people running the "news operation are so far away that don't know local issues, geography and the right people to interview. They'll just rely on Google and social media with no fact checking. And I don't see how they could be stopped.

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  8. Bean Counter radio is sort of like having a false "facade" that looks great from the outside, and that obscures the rot and neglect inside. Like Cumulus' traffic reports: "sounds" like a real traffic report on the air, until you grasp the fact that it's just CHP data being read off 511.org screens in Texas; they record it as much as 25 minutes in advance and post it it for replay at the assigned time. "Sounds" like radio traffic, but it's a false front; it's really useless gabble.

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