The two guys in the photo with me are Marty Allen and Paul Rado, until yesterday producers of the Mike Trivisonno show on WTAM/1100. I say until yesterday because right around 5:00, as the Clear Channel suits were getting ready to go home, the two were called into the office and told that their services were not needed anymore.
Job insecurity is pretty much the nature of the beast in media nowadays. You give the company your best for many years and they show you the door. Clear Channel pretty much became the Walmart of radio a number of years ago when they, and other large companies, bought radio stations like they were going out of style. Each company then put all their local properties in one location and started sharing services, such as news, traffic, and weather. They also started voice tracking their music shows, mostly away from morning and afternoon drive. This made many jobs obsolete and many folks who once had dreams of making a name for themselves in this medium were shown the door. And others, who had made a name for themselves, were shown the door. I will say it again, thank God for the small number of locally owned and operated media companies still around
Clear Channel and others have had some very heartless ways of downsizing. They had cut over a thousand jobs on inaguration day when the nation was focusing on the events in Washington. But the unkindest cuts in this, and any industry, came during the holidays when people were told their services were no longer needed. Imagine being escorted out of the building while listening to Burl Ives singing "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas."
It stinks to have friends lose their jobs. But as Petula Clark once sang "Its a sign of the times."