Monday, September 9, 2019

Buffalo Radio: Market Vet Roger Christian OUT At WTSS-FM

Roger Christian
A year after entering the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and 43 years since he started working at the same station when it had different call letters and names, Roger Christian has been let go by Entercom's WTSS-FM, Star 102.5.

The Buffalo News reports Christian has confirmed that shortly before the end of his Thursday shift he was told by local Entercom’s Buffalo market manager Greg Ried and program director Sue O’Neill that the position was being eliminated.

“They said something about (the shift) may be voice tracked but I didn’t want to go into it," said Christian, adding that other people in accounting and production who have been at the station for some time had been let go, too, within the past month or two.

Entercom has been making cost-cutting moves of personnel at stations across the country, most recently in Denver and San Francisco.

“I was a little shocked, but I just know that it's the nature of the business now,” said Christian, who was at the station when it was known as Rock 102 and Majic 102.5.

“I've got some balls in the air now, but I just don't want to jump on anything too soon,” he said.

According to the Buffalo Broadcaster's Association, Christian began his radio career as a teen disc jockey on WYSL-FM (103.3) in 1964. He went on to attend Franklin College in Indiana where he became the Station Manager of WFCI-FM, the college’s radio station.

After graduation, Roger returned to Buffalo and WYSL in 1970 as the overnight jock. Three years later in 1973, he joined a new start up Top 40 station, WGRQ (96.9), where Roger was both a DJ and the station’s Music Director. In 1976 he joined WBEN/WBEN-FM (Rock 102) as Music Director and later was promoted to Program Director and Morning Man in 1984.

Three years later Roger helped the station navigate a change in its call letters to WMJQ (Majic 102, then Q102). Shortly thereafter he became mid-day host – a role which he has held ever since, after 41 years and some 7 companies later.

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