Saturday, April 29, 2017

Layoffs Hit Cumulus Clusters In Chicago, Minneapolis

Several on-air and staffers have been RIFed in Chicago and Minneapolis by Cumulus Media.

In Chicago, Cumulus owns WLS 890 AM and WLS 94.7 FM. It also operates -- via a lease agreement with owner Merlin Media -- WLUP  97.9 FM The Loop and WKQX-FM/101WKQX.

Chicago Layoffs, due to budget restraints, include:

WLS-AM: Christina Filiaggi, Traffic anchors Jen DeSalvo and JoAnn Genette plus sports reporter Rachel Brady

WLS-FM: Marti Jones and evening host Jeff Davis is rumored to be among the cuts. Davis has been doing his shows via his California home.

WLUP-FM:  Evening host  DJ Pyke, aka Jeremy Peterson

In addition to the on-air voices, many off-air employees, especially from WLUP-FM and WKQX-FM, have been let go. Among those is Chicago radio veteran Scott Dirks.

Peter Bowen, vice president and Chicago market manager of Cumulus Media, declined to comment on the layoffs.

In Minneapolis: Longtime personalities Terri Traen (1989) and Brian Zepp (1997) are out of afternoons at Classic Rock KQRS 92,5 FM.

The second largest radio operator in the country, Cumulus Media owns 454 stations in 90 markets.

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