Confirmed: Axe Hits XMers - 10/14 - Early Tuesday, DCRTV told you that DC-based XM Satellite Radio was on the verge of making massing cuts following its summer merger with rival Sirius. On Tuesday evening, we got this from an XM source: "All the great people that are gone from XM radio, may we all RIP... Let's go back and take the terrestial world by storm... Gone but not forgotten: '50s Channel PD Ken Smith, '50s Channel MD Matt The Cat, '60s Channel PD Pat Clark, '80s Channel MD/afternooner Kandy Klutch, Cross-Country PD Jessie Scott, Decades Channel Senior PD Kurt Gilcrest, Cafe PD Bill Evans, all of XM Urban accept three people." Also among the 50-ish employees cut Tuesday: George Taylor Morris of Deep Tracks, '70s-On-7's John Clay; Billy Zero and Tobi from XMU, Ethel's Erik Range and Rick Lambert, and Bill Hutton of Lucy. And, another round of cuts could be coming in early November. The word is that Sirius XM suits have abandoned plans to continue separate line-ups for each service, and instead will feature one common channel line-up on both systems. With the Sirius music channel versions probably being offered on both. More soon.....
and from AllAccess:
Sadly, the number of departures from SIRIUS XM SATELLITE RADIO keep growing. And yes, these are all from the XM side:
BONEYARD PD/air talent KEVIN KASH exits and is in search of his next opportunity.
Regional Mexican channel, XM-92 AGUILA PD THE MAD MEXICAN exits.
70 ON 70s PD JOHN CLAY, XM PD BILLY ZERO and MD TOBI, New Wave FRED Channel PD RICK LAMBERT, Alternative Channel LUCY PD BILL HUTTON, and SOUL STREET PD BOBBY BENNETT all exit as well as SOUL STREET MD LEIGH HAMILTON.
Also leaving are CAFE CHANNEL MD BRIAN CHAMBERLAIN, and personality CATHY CARTER.
and DCRTV.com (today...updated):
10/15 - More cuts at DC's XM today. Soul Street's Bobby Bennett and Leigh Hamilton, Raw's Mz Kitti, The City's DJ Xclusive and Lisa Ivery, Viva's Karla Rodriguez, and Aguila's Mad Mexican. Plus Enlighten and '40s-On-4's Marlin Taylor, Ken Smith of '50s-On-5, Pat Clarke of '60s-On-6, XM America's Ray Knight, John Welch, and "Country Dan" Dixon, BK Kirkland of the Groove, plus Bill Evans, Brian Chamberlain, and Cathy Carter from XM Cafe. XM Gospel's Jay Bryant and Suite 62's Vic Clemens. Upwards of 80 have been led to the satrad unemployment gallows, so far, we hear. More soon.....
So, if you take it that the PD's/MD's (program directors, music directors) being fired indicates a "dropped" channel in the merger, that would mean...
- 50's on 5
- 60's on 6
- 70's on 7
- 80's on 8
- 90's on 9*
- Suite 62
- XM Cafe
- Deep Tracks*
- Soul Street
- The City
- The Groove
- Beyond Jazz...
*90's on 9 has no airstaff, but the PD, Kurt Gilchrist was let go. Deep Tracks has GTM retire "voluntarily", though some say he would have been let go eventually anyway.
#The latest update from DCRTV.com has Marlin Taylor's name removed from the list of those let go. So, perhaps 40's on 4, Escape and Enlighten (or something like them) are still safe. I've removed them from the list.
NOTE: George Taylor Morris is rumored to have left due to lung cancer (and perhaps the writing on the wall).