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January 22, 2009

Clear Channel follows IBM's play

It seems Clear Channel Radio is taking a page from the IBM playbook.

Here's the response I got from from Clear Channel from my question about if the 1,850 person national layoffs hit Rochester's CC stations:

Please find below an internal email that was sent by CEO Mark Mays on January 20th to the company. The company won’t be commenting beyond sharing this.
The company is also not breaking numbers down by geography or business function. Nor is it releasing names.



Ray Yeung 

Associate Managing Director 
Brainerd Communicators, Inc.

New YorkNY


Today, we had the unpleasant task of bringing our Outdoor and Radio businesses staffing in line with these challenging economic conditions.  In doing so, we enter 2009 as a solid company and in the most competitive position possible.

We have thought carefully and at some length about the steps we need to take as a company to succeed during this unprecedented downturn.  As a result, we have eliminated approximately 1,850 positions across Corporate, Outdoor and Radio.  While a significant portion of these positions represent a realignment in our sales departments, the positions span all departments and represent approximately 9% of the total Clear Channel Communications workforce.


 That is as detailed as he gets. So if you stop hearing the usual personality running a show or have your Clear Channel ad cancel all appointments, let me know.

And does anyone why a PR firm called Brainerd Communications would be in NY, NY instead of the more expected Minnesota?


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Jeff: would you like to try those last two paragraphs again?

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