Upper Peninsula: Newsmakers Feb. 10, 2010




Soo Evening News:

A half-dozen people are now out of work following Tuesday's announcement that Sovereign Communications has purchased the Upper Peninsula radio stations including WYSS-FM, WMKD-FM, and WKNW-AM formely owned by Northern Star Broadcasting. The list includes Station Manager Doug Laprade, Program Director Paul "Junior" VanWagoner, News Director Scott Nason and Disc Jockeys Jason Mapes and Melissa Krahnke. VanWagoner was willing to go on record with an account of how more than a dozen local employees lost their jobs in the transition. "Northern Star Broadcasting laid the entire staff off at 10:15, yesterday," said VanWagoner effective 5 p.m. Tuesday. President Bill Gleich of Sovereign Communications said the purchase of Northern Star Broadcasting was strictly for its physical assets and not for personnel. As a result, those employees were all informed they were being laid-off by their employer before the transition was made. Gleich said that 10 of those people were subsequently rehired including Program Director Tim Ellis, Jessie Sims, John Gilbert and Frank Blissett... Radio jobs lost in transition (Wed, 2/10)







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