You may not have heard the last about layoffs at the former Metro/Shadow Traffic’s New York division, now part of the Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network.
We reported on October 26 and 27 that several staffers, including veteran traffic reporter Lori Blanchard and Metro television president and GM Fred Bennett were cut.
Now, FishbowlNY has learned that the end could be near for Metro VP of Programming and Operations, Crys Quimby.
In April, Clear Channel acquired the Westwood One Metro traffic division, leading to the recent layoffs, and a melding of talent with their Total Traffic unit. Thats apparently happening in upper management as well.
On the morning of the layoffs last month, unbeknownst to them, two Clear Channel employees were overheard near the elevators saying, ‘Why do we need two directors of operations?’” a source with knowledge of the situation tells FishbowlNY.
It’s believed that one of the people speaking in that impromptu conversation was David Fein, the VP/director of operations for the New York region of Clear Channel’s Total Traffic, and clearly was referring to Quimby.
After a four and a half year stint as WCBS 880 program director, Quimby headed for Metro in Rutherford, New Jersey in January 2009.
Sources also tell FishbowlNY that several staffers, including Long Island co-bureau chief Bill Holly, producer John Marino, and Westchester bureau chief and traffic reporter Craig Shenkman have been reassigned.
With Marino being moved to overnights, insiders say, they could the push the Shadow veteran out the door. The new look overnight shift would feature a logjam of four producers answering phones and gathering traffic information for the on-air reporters.
In 2008, Marino started his second stint at Westwood One, primarily as afternoon drive traffic producer. Marino, though, is well-known to listeners, for a 10-year run through Metro/Shadow as a WCBS 880 sports anchor.