iHeartMedia lays off more radio staff, including in Syracuse

iHeartMedia, the country’s largest owner of radio stations, has laid off more staff across the country.

All Access and Radio Insight report that dozens of jobs have been cut in several markets, including on-air personalities and program directors in cities like Boston, Cleveland, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington, DC This is the third round of corporate cuts this year, after layoffs in January and time off during the coronavirus pandemic that turned into permanent job losses in September.

At least one iHeartRadio job has been posted in Syracuse: Justin Miller, also known as “Justin the Web Guy” on HOT 107.9 (WWHT-FM), said on Friday he was fired.

“I have an important announcement: today was my last day at iHeartMedia Syracuse,” he wrote on Facebook. “It was unexpected and it will take me some time to process it.

“As I leave the company and step into completely unfamiliar territory, I want to express how grateful I am to my colleagues, some of whom have become long-time friends as we collaborate to make things happen. incredible. I will never forget the 9 years. of opportunities that this company gave me. Looking to the future, I know that everything will be fine. I plan to take the time to reflect on my life, make better decisions, and put myself first. I will be fine and I appreciate your support during what will be a difficult time for me.

It is not known how many other jobs are affected locally. Bob Morgan, president of the upstate New York market for iHeartMedia, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

iHeartMedia Syracuse now has more radio stations than DJs after the January cuts which included Kenny Dees, Dr. Rick Wright, Cora Thomas and Pastor Daren C. Jaime at Power 620 (WHEN-AM); Pat McMahon at Y94FM (WYYY-FM); Cory “Kobe” Fargo at Hot 107.9; “Big Jim Donovan” (aka Jim Dunagan) on NewsRadio 570 WSYR (also on 106.9 FM) and Y94FM; and Daryl Thomas Ledyard at B104.7 (WBBS-FM) and Y94FM. Additionally, Rick Yacobush, market director of iHeartMedia Syracuse, retired at the end of December and longtime B104.7 host Rich Lauber left in June after more years on the airwaves at the Center. New York.

On-air personalities still in Syracuse include NewsRadio 570 WSYR host Dave Allen and HOT 107.9 PD / DJ Tias Schuster, also known as “Some Guy Named Tias”. The rest of the programming at the five Syracuse radio stations is largely national, with union figures like Ryan Seacrest or shows from other cities like Bob Lonsberry on WSYR and “The Mayor” Pete Kennedy and Julie on Y94FM – both from Rochester.

iHeartMedia, which owns more than 850 radio stations nationwide, has been affected by Covid-19 like other companies, but has also struggled with new competition, including streaming services like Spotify , Pandora, Tidal and Apple Music. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2018 and said it would restructure its finances in accordance with the holders of more than $ 10 billion in debt.

Billboard reports that the company has invested in podcasting, recently acquiring podcasting services company Voxnest. On Thursday, iHeartMedia announced that it is adding actor Alec Baldwin’s “Here’s the Thing” interview series to the iHeartPodcast Network and is launching a new original series called “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Vault”.

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