Hubbard Radio Chicago has fired a dozen of its employees, including several on-air personalities, according to Windy City media reporter Robert Feder.
It’s just the latest coronavirus-related downsizing within Chicago’s major broadcast groups, which have been affected by dwindling advertising revenues.
St. Paul, MN-based Hubbard is a privately held, family-owned business.
“This was an extremely tough decision and one that was delayed for as long as possible,” Jeff England, Hubbard Radio Chicago Market Manager, said in a memo to employees. “Please know that this decision was driven solely by our ability to continue operating our business in an extraordinarily difficult economy and environment.”
Stations in the Hubbard Chicago group includes hot AC “101.9 The Mix” WTMX, classic rock “97.1 The Drive” WDRV and AC WSHE (100.3).
According to Feder, on-air talent now out of work include evening host Phil Manicki and overnight host Greg Easterling at “The Drive,” along with evening host Brian Middleton and morning show producer and on-air host Robb Rose at WSHE.
“Eric in the Morning,” the ratings magnet hosted by Eric Ferguson on “The Mix,” also felt the cuts as producer Cynthia DeNicolo and social media manager Melissa “Mel D” Dever were terminated. They were both regular contributors to the morning show.