Dark day in sports radio today in the aftermath of an astonishing 1,850 job-cut by radio behemoth Clear Channel. Caught in the massive undertow were on-air personalities across the nation, including former Detroit PM drive stalwarts Stoney & Wojo of WDFN-AM in Detroit.
(Good news! SbB Girls survived today’s sports radio bloodbath)
WDFN, which broadcasts Pistons games, whacked all of its local hosts, and will instead run Fox Sports Radio programming 24/7. The FLORIDA TIMES-UNION also reports severe cuts at WFXJ sports radio in Jacksonville. Where local personalities have been slashed.
There will be much more fallout in the next couple days, as job cuts become public market-by-market. Worst-hit will be sales staffs and local market personalities, who can be replaced by syndicated programming from ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio and Sporting News Radio. (But I’ve also confirmed some layoffs at CC-operated Fox Sports Radio.)
Not yet known is the effect the layoffs will have on L.A.-sports station KLAC-AM, which recently lost the Lakers broadcast rights to local competitor KSPN-AM. That said, I’ve been hearing rumors for months about the demise of KLAC’s sports format.