The depth of layoffs executed yesterday by CBS Radio is coming into sharper focus, despite a cone of silence from the company itself. As many as 20 employees were let go at some CBS major market clusters. The cuts also encompassed at least one corporate-level position.
In New York, VP of sales Sue McNamara was let go, after serving in the national sales post since 2007. The company’s Detroit cluster eliminated 13 staffers, according to Crain’s Detroit Business. In St. Louis, AC KEZK-FM (102.5) morning drive co-host Vic Porcelli and hot AC “Y-98” KYKY personality Brion O’Brion were let go. In Philadelphia, 37-year all-news KYW (1060) news anchor Vince Hill was among the casualties.
The widespread layoffs cut across departments, from sales and support personnel to programming, operations and air talent, according to several sources.
CBS hasn’t commented on the cutbacks.
The date for the reduction in force was moved several times, according to one CBS manager, who requested anonymity because this person wasn’t authorized to speak on behalf of the company. As with most RIFs, the company sought local input before deciding which positions to eliminate.
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