Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Apr. 28, 2009




Another wave of headcount reductions at Clear Channel

Lots of bad news swirling about 590 job cuts at Clear Channel stations across the country, including at soft rock WNIC FM 100.3 locally where morning man Chris Edmonds has been let go in addition to a number of other folks. Kevin O'Neill will reportedly segue to mornings from afternoons and the afternoon drive slot will be voicetracked syndicated on WNIC.

Edmonds just about made 21 years at WNIC and was fired the day before his birthday. His tenure at WNIC started at 1988 when he signed on for afternoons and moved to morning drive when Jim Harper jumped to 105.1. He moved back to afternoon drive while Chuck Gaidica took a turn in mornings, then retook morning drive until today. Ironically, WNIC was the tops rating-wise in the age 25-54 demo in the last Arbitron Portable People Monitor month.

Prior to WNIC he was at WDTX-FM 99.5 from the fall of 1985 through the summer of 1988 handling just about every daypart, but mostly afternoon drive. He arrived in Detroit in February 1985 at WLLZ-FM 98.7 where he briefly co-hosted mornings with Jim Rodeo before that station landed JJ & The Morning Crew from WRIF that same fall.

Over at sports WDFN AM 1130, update reporter Rob Otto was also released. He was one of the few remaining staffers at 'DFN after that station was nearly gutted of local personalities a couple months ago.

It also appears that country WDTW-FM 106.7 may been stripped of all of its local jocks, including the Chad Show (Chad Mitchell) which has been removed from morning drive. A quick visit to the station's web site shows the entire on-air lineup has been removed ... adding to speculation that yet another format flip is imminent.

More info as it becomes available, including cuts at other Clear Channel-owned stations in the market.



Detroit Free Press:

WCSX-FM (94.7) dynamic duo Deminski and Doyle want elected officials in Washington, D.C., to know that the decisions they make alter the lives of real people. "We know things have to change. No one's asking for X amount of jobs to be spared or X amount of additional dollars," cohost Jeff Deminski says to Names & Faces. "We're not asking for anything other than just please look at these people, at these faces, these families, before making your next big decisions. These are the very people who embodied the American dream for so long. If you care about that dream, you have to care about them." Inspired in part by an idea from D&D executive producer Jim O'Brien as well as Bob Seger's song "Feel Like a Number" and the toll the economic meltdown is taking on Michigan, D&D recently launched the Faces Not Numbers campaign... D&D's Faces Not Numbers (Tue, 4/28)



Detroit News:

Everybody knew that there was going to be another round of job-slashing coming at Clear Channel Radio, the former behemoth that once dominated the national radio landscape ... and so it was. This afternoon it was announced that the company was letting go of 3 percent of its staff, some 590 employees. In Detroit that includes WNIC-FM (100.3) Breakfast Club host Chris Edmonds. WNIC afternoon jock Kevin O'Neill will take over Edmonds' morning slot. Clear Channel market manager Til Levesque wouldn't comment on specific jobs lost in Detroit, but this afternoon Edmonds' name was already gone from the Breakfast Club roster on WNIC's Web site, replaced by O'Neill's name... Clear Channel layoffs hit WNIC, WDTW (Tue, 4/28)

If you've been missing WDIV-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Kim Adams during the station's 4 p.m. weekday newscast, don't worry. The three-time mommy is on maternity leave and will be back in June. Adams gave birth to Alexander William Daudert on April 5, and both are doing well. Little Alexander is the latest addition for Adams and her husband, a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander. A homegrown talent, Adams is a Mount Clemens native who earned her bachelor's degree from Oakland University and her master's from Wayne State University... WDIV's Kim Adams off air with baby No. 3 (Tue, 4/28)

89X Ups Dave Hunter To PD: CHUM RADIO Alternative CIMX (89)/WINDSOR-DETROIT morning show co-host DAVE HUNTER is upped to PD replacing VINCE CANNOVA, who exited a couple weeks ago due to budget cuts. HUNTER has been with CHUM RADIO for over 16 years. CHUM RADIO VP/GM ERIC PROKSCH said, "I am confident that DAVE's talent, dedication and personal approach will move 89X to the next level. DAVE will continue to be an integral part of the 89X Morning Show while expanding his programming responsibilities on the station. I am extremely excited about working directly with DAVE and about the new opportunities that I am sure will unfold under his guidance." HUNTER told ALL ACCESS, "I am excited to be part of such a heritage Alternative Rock radio station like 89X. It has been a leader in the format for 18 years and I look forward to my new opportunity to continue and grow the brand in this changing time." (Tue, 4/28)







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