Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 21, 2009




Detroit News:

Eleven Detroit Public Television employees were laid off Wednesday, a station official has confirmed. From the reception desk to the promotions and accounting departments, the reductions represented about 16 percent of the station's staff, said David Devereaux, vice president of communications for Detroit Public TV and sister radio station, WRCJ-FM (90.9). One radio station employee also was let go, he said. The 12 employees' job cuts were effective immediately, but they were given a severance package, Devereaux said from his Detroit office Wednesday. He assured viewers and listeners that they won't notice the staff reductions... Channel 56 lays off 11 employees (Wed, 1/21)



Detroit Free Press:

Much of the WDFN-AM (1130) on-air staff was let go Tuesday. Your thoughts? This one is a little personal for me, so I'll probably ramble. I worked at WDFN for 14 years. Like Mike Stone (Stoney) and Bob Wojnowski (Wojo), I was there when it first went on the air, so, in a way, I felt like we all built it together, with the help of a lot of other people and a lot of great listeners. Some very, very good people were fired along with Stoney and Wojo on Tuesday (like Sean Baligian and Doug Todd). And some very, very good people (like Matt Shepard and Matt Dery) were kept on but in diminished roles. What's sad is that what happened Tuesday is common. A lot of you reading this have gone through it already or will go through the same thing in the near future. I went through it with Brady and Shep back in November 2007. It's horrible. And it doesn't reflect the quality of these people nor the quality of the work they did. It's just the times we live in. I talked to a lot of the people on the phone and in person Tuesday, and the message was the same. Don't cry for them, because they know very well that you're all going through the same things in your jobs. Stoney and Wojo were a Detroit institution, and that's what hurts the most... Jamie Samuelsen: I was at WDFN at the beginning, and I'm sad to see it go (Wed, 1/21)







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