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at least the cincy crew stays together in austin. cincy bands may get even more exposure
Layoffs Hit WCPOhttp://cincydaytonmediacenter.blogspot.com/2009/07/layoffs-hit-wcpo.htmlWCPO will be laying off five employees starting this September as WCPO's parent company centralizes two departments. The company is consolidating the commercial sales and scheduling department, in addition to the graphics department. Two people in commercial sales and scheduling will be let go by September and three in the graphics department will be let go by November. Station general manager Bill Fee told the Cincinnati Enquirer that "it's not a response to the economy. If we weren't in this recession, we'd be making this same move anyway." The jobs will be moving to Scripps stations in Tampa and Phoenix. A result of the graphics department changes may be a new standardized Scripps on-air look at WCPO, similar to what has happened with FOX O&O and Gannett graphics centralizations.
WOXY Listeners, Fans and Friends...Due to current economic realities and the lack of ongoing funding for WOXY's operations, we've been forced to suspend our live broadcasts as of March 23rd. We're continuing to explore options to keep The Future of Rock and Roll alive. For business inquiries, please contact Bryan Jay (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John at Future Sounds (email@example.com).Thanks for your years of dedicated support.- Mike, Shiv, Joe, Paige, Brian and Bryan Jay
It is absolutely mindboggling to me that I have to sit down and write these words: WOXY.com is being shut down today by our owners at Future Sounds.Mike, Joe, Brian, and I uprooted our lives to Austin under the belief that we were finally under ownership that would take things at the station to the next level. We also brought on Paige Maguire from here in Austin to help us do things on a promotional and marketing level that hadn’t really been in place for years. Yes, we have been dubbed “zombie radio” in the past after ownership shutdowns and resurrections, but it will take a pretty incredible company/plan coming around now to make me want to stick around at this point (although I guess we have to wait to see if anything shakes out in the days ahead). This time around, we no longer own WOXY and the entire situation is completely out of our hands.The WOXY staff continued working last week during SXSW under good faith because a deal was “in motion” to continue funding for our operation. We were informed yesterday that that the deal fell through and now it is time for us all to walk away. There will be no farewell shows or weepy goodbyes. Our listeners deserve more than this, but I don’t think any of us on staff have it to give right now. It is, to be perfectly honest, quite a kick in the dick to have this occur again right on the heels of our most successful SXSW ever. But, I guess it would pretty much be a kick in the dick no matter what since we’ve only been living in Austin for *6 MONTHS* and have already had the rug pulled out from underneath us.Thanks to everybody who has been SO amazing to me and this station over the years. I’ve been on this wild ride now for 12 years. I am thrilled that I have had a part in helping to program this station since 1998 and am incredibly proud of WOXY’s legacy
The Internet is not the problem. The problem with many media outlets has been clinging to old business models instead of figuring out something that works better on the Internet.
Yes, it turned out to be a pact with the devil.I don't know how much business sense it made, either. They were a major player in the music scene in Cinci. They moved somewhere where they would start out as nothing, a "small fish" per se, where they would sink or swim in the "big pond". Big risk, to be sure. And apparently not a wise one.
To my understanding, Lala.com was acquired by Apple. So it would make sense that they'd have to liquidate WOXY in that process. So, I think we should careful to assume that the WOXY staff had no noggins, and went with a deal that was too good to be true.
Lala.com has had no role in WOXY since January 2009. Future Sounds Inc. purchased WOXY from Lala at that time. The move to Austin was entirely under Future Sounds and was well after Lala had sold WOXY.