Clear Channel silent as O'Dell ousted

Clear Channel silent as O'Dell ousted

There are 9 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 21, 2009, titled Clear Channel silent as O'Dell ousted. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

There are some who believe Clear Channel Communications timed its long-anticipated companywide elimination of about 1,850 jobs to coincide with President Barack Obama 's inauguration Tuesday in the hope that ...

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Ed Grimley

Malibu, CA

#1 Jan 21, 2009
What all these articles fail to account for is Howard Stern's move to Sirius satellite radio. Prior to Howard's departure there was enough money generated to cover the inefficiencies of management. However, once he left, it appears the revenue dried up for clear channel and it's affiliates and the inefficiencies became highlighted.
Retired

Stevensville, MI

#2 Jan 21, 2009
To everyone who reads this column who remembers when radio was fun to listen to (and fun to be on):

Corporate America has distroyed the soul of the business but it can't take away the wonderful memories.
Digger

United States

#3 Jan 21, 2009
Clear Channel seems to be on a corporate death spiral managed by the accountants. Every senior management misstep is solved by cutbacks.

Like the old joke says, "firings will continue until morale improves."
First Steve Now Spike

Lake Zurich, IL

#4 Jan 21, 2009
I occasionally listened to Spike, he was no Steve but was entertaining.
I have to say, I haven't listened to Jack FM once since they let Steve Dahl go. I'm sure that was what CBS was shooting for by letting him go. My radio doesn't even go on for my morning commute. Who wants to listen to an over caffeinated Johnny B?
It's actually easier to drive without the non stop barrage of commercials. Maybe radio stations should get a clue that the listeners are turning to the IPods and Zunes because they are sick of being bombarded with meaningless advertising.
I'm also too cheap to pay for Stern on Sirius, but that's just me.
Anita

Newnan, GA

#5 Jan 21, 2009
More cuts to the roster of personnel only means more use of corporatized play-lists and less of a chance you'll hear independent music. Support independent LOCAL radio!
Randy Sammy

Warrenville, IL

#6 Jan 21, 2009
For the record, wasn't it the crowd of jackals Sam Zell brought in to run Tribune (lead by Randy Michaels and all the hacks and cronies he's brought on board since) who, when they ran Clear Channel, created the leave-no-prisoners centralization and consolidation mess that ultimately led to the current death spiral? Is that same scenario playing itself out now at Tribune under their magic spell?
Carl

United States

#7 Jan 21, 2009
The Evil Empire strikes again. Having spent decades engineering the demise of real local radio, Clear Channel again demonstrates complete disregard for people, communities, sponsors, anyone who gets in the way of ravenous corporate greed. When I lived in Texas it was impossible to escape their "station IDs" at the top of the hour on every station in town featuring George W. Bush in a blatant non-paid and non-declared political ad for the Republican Party. Clear Channel is proof that government regulation of a limited resource is necessary. Their monopoly of the industry is despicable, and so is their dismal record.
mister common sense

United States

#8 Jan 22, 2009
Can we turn off lame, poorly run radio station's,YES WE CAN!Goodby Clear Channel(AND ALL THEIR ADVERTISER'S).It's time to dig that mic outa' my closet and access my vast record and cd vault power up the 50,000 watt blow torch and get this party started!HEY KID'S DO YA' WANNA' HEAR SOME ROCK N' ROLL?!?!PLEASE STANDBY FOR TRANSMISSION:
It Is What It Is

Scottsdale, AZ

#9 Jan 26, 2009
Carl wrote:
The Evil Empire strikes again. Having spent decades engineering the demise of real local radio, Clear Channel again demonstrates complete disregard for people, communities, sponsors, anyone who gets in the way of ravenous corporate greed. When I lived in Texas it was impossible to escape their "station IDs" at the top of the hour on every station in town featuring George W. Bush in a blatant non-paid and non-declared political ad for the Republican Party. Clear Channel is proof that government regulation of a limited resource is necessary. Their monopoly of the industry is despicable, and so is their dismal record.
I hear ya! Cheap Channel has the reputation of being the Evil Empire, but I'm confident that CBS (Corporate B.S.) is just as bad. Luckily, there's satellite radio, until that becomes a monopoly.....all of this crap is what the greedy CEO's of Corporate America have brought onto themselves - they are the ones who should be losing their highly compensated jobs.

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