Your position is being eliminated. It’s a phrase that’s become the norm in the radio industry. When expenses must be reduced it’s become a fairly easy decision to eliminate local hosts and pipe in syndicated music. That’s what happened to three Cumulus hosts in Pennsylvania this week, Charles Angelo, Ryan Downes and Steph Pagliaro.
Pagliaro posted her feelings on her Facebook page. “Radio is a tough business right now. Several positions were cut and mine was one of them. I am still in shock and I’m not sure when I’ll be ready to accept it. Heartbreak doesn’t even begin to describe what I feel. This was never a “job” to me… it was my passion, my heart, my life, and all I wanted to do. Now my heart feels empty. I’m devastated not only for myself, but for my friends/coworkers. Being heartbroken yourself while also watching your friends get their heart broken at the same time is an unexplainable kind of sadness. I’m not ready to look towards the future and can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I don’t see any light right now. It’s not even enough to say that my world has been turned upside down… it’s been taken from me and will never be the same. For the first time in my life, I cannot find an ounce of optimism in this situation. But I know I’ll get there someday.”
All three discussed their situation with Pennlive.com.
Pagliaro said, “We are aware that radio isn’t necessarily a huge growing industry right now, but we never expected it to come to this at this point. We did the show yesterday. Everything’s great. Everything’s fine. And then at 10 o’clock, we have the meeting. And that was it. We were told that the last show ever.”
And, the axe typically comes without a warning, just in case any host has any thoughts of doing PR damage on the air. Downes: “We found out in the last hour of our show on Wednesday. We were told that we weren’t necessarily being fired, but our positions were being eliminated.” Downes hosted the Morning Madhouse for 15 years before being fired.
Angelo told Pennlive.com that when it’s your time to go, the radio industry doesn’t mess around. “When you get fired in radio, it’s not like, ‘all right, you’re going to be here another two weeks.’ When you’re fired, you’re fired.”
Downes believes the radio industry needs to shift or it will not be around much longer. “We’re fighting constant battles, battles for people’s ears, battles for people advertising money. Radio’s in a tough position, but if they can find their niche and find their lane and stay in it, and be focused, I don’t think it’s going anywhere.”
From Downes’ Facebook page: “My world has been turned upside down and I am left feeling lost.”
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