It's a Bad Time to Be a Clear Channel DJ

Remember how the newspaper industry was devastated by the fundamental shift in media consumption habits driven by the internet, and the music industry was devastated by the fundamental shift in media consumption habits driven by the internet? Yes, well. The radio industry is also being devastated by the fundamental shift in media consumption habits driven by the internet. FYI.

Evil corporate radio conglomerate Clear Channel, the company responsible for ensuring that each and every corner of America is evenly covered with Tim McGraw background noise, laid off a gang of DJs across the country yesterday. Brian Stelter reports that "some of the D.J.'s said they believed that the number was in the hundreds."

It's all part of cutting costs by firing DJs who actually live in local markets and replacing dozens or hundreds of them at a time with one guy sitting in a room in some central location, pumping out those sweet homogenized tunes for everywhere at once. Listen to this bullshit statement driveled out by Suck City (Clear Channel HQ):

"We've completely rethought our regional market strategy and reinvented our operations in those markets in a way that will let us compete on a new level - and succeed using all of Clear Channel's resources, scale and talent," a company spokeswoman, Wendy Goldberg, said Thursday.

Cool comment to make about laying off hundreds of people, yeah. The company's headquarters are in San Antonio in case any Occupy people down there need somewhere to march today.

[NYT, photo via AP]