This occurred as parent company Citadel Broadcasting posted a whopping $848 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2007. The personnel layoffs include:
Jennifer Keiper, news director ; Bill Cameron, city hall reporter; David Jennings, reporter; Christina Filiaggi, traffic reporter; Nate Clay, talk host and Jake Hartford.
Meanwhile, Citadel has laid off two at WABC in New York; WPLJ (also in New York) fired Rocky Allen; In Washington, WMAL fired talk show host Chris Core, and WJZW-FM has dropped its Smooth Jazz format, and replaced it with The True Oldies Channel. There are reports surfacing that Citadel's stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco have also been hit.
And there's more: And there might be more layoffs coming, particularly at WZZN. This is truly a sad day in the local media industry, just another reminder that this is a business first and only first. And with the economy further slumping downward, things are bound to get only worse.
Editor's Note: The title of this post was changed because yours truly found it was insensitive after some thought, particularly after the NIU shootings that recently took place. I apologize if anyone was offended. - T.H.
updated at 11:07 p.m. on 2008-02-29