Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A bit to catch up on

Sorry for the lack of updates last two weeks. We've just finished one off-blog project (and we're about to take up another unrelated project), but will still update more often when there's stuff to talk about.

But there's a couple tidbits we'd like to mention.

WGRR, WNKR and WUBE Support Relay For Life: We mentioned the off blog project. That was the Relay For Life in Boone County this past Friday. And we noted three radio stations that supported that.

WGRR-FM 103.5/Cincinnati, WNKR-FM 106.7/Williamstown, and WUBE-FM 105.1/Cincinnati were all part of the Relay at Randall K. Cooper High in Union, Kentucky last Friday night. WNKR was a supporting sponsor. WGRR had Chris and Janeen for MC duty, while WUBE had a booth above the track.

We're waiting for the total amounts raised by the relay here. We'll update you, since this was a project Your Tri-State Media Watcher was personally involved with...

Gannett Cutting Across Newspapers: That's right...Gannett, which has already had employees take two rounds of furloughs.

We get this through our friends at Ohio Media Watch, who in turn got it through the Wall Street Journal. Quoting the article:

Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher by daily circulation, will cut between 1,000 and 2,000 jobs out of its 41,500-person work force in response to continuing revenue declines, according to a person familiar with the company's thinking.

The cuts will come from the U.S. Community Publishing division, which consists of Gannett's more than 80 local dailies, the person said, and won't affect the company's flagship, USA Today. The exact number of jobs to be cut wasn't clear. The cuts will be disclosed in the next few days.

That, by the way, DOES include the staff of the Cincinnati Enquirer as far as we're aware.

The fact we're talking "Clear Channel Cut"-type numbers is startling. We wonder who will be affected. And we also wonder if this will somehow affect the Community Press and Recorder papers, which share some resources with the Enquirer. Stay tuned...

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