Long Awaited Layoffs Come to Metro Traffic in New Jersey

In April, Clear Channel purchased Westwood One’s Metro Traffic. Fast forward six months, Clear Channel has now pulled the trigger on a handful of personnel cuts at the Rutherford, New Jersey studios.

Radio-info.com reports three staffers were let go today–Mike Weinstein, Brian Duhaime, and Kathy Hogan. Weinstein handled the morning operations and was a regular fill-in traffic reporter on 1010 WINS.

Duhaime is the son of veteran Metro Traffic anchor Debbie Duhaime.

Hogan, with the company since 1988, was a research director.

A Clear Channel spokesperson confirmed to FishbowlNY that there were layoffs, but refused to give specific details about who and how many people were dismissed.

Last month, Clear Channel began combining the operations and resources of Total Traffic Network and Metro Traffic.

“As part of the integration, we will be eliminating overlapping positions and not filling some vacancies in order to better position our company for growth and so that our employees will have clear lines of responsibility without confusion,” the spokesperson says. “We believe that the resources we now have in place represent the best talent from both the Total Traffic Network and Metro teams.”

There were also, reportedly, layoffs at Metro offices in Washington and Dallas.