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  •  It's not a Clear Channel station (9+ / 0-)

    So no obvious clue why the format suddenly changed -- except that radio is infamous for firing its online personalities & changing format without any warning. Sometimes the changes are driven by ratings, sometimes by new owners, & sometimes because of a screwball idea the owners had.

    WTDY is owned by someone called "Mid-West Family Broadcasting" & on their website they claim their goal is to associate with 'capable ambitious people who have been encouraged to acquire a stock interest, so we are always working together for a station’s welfare, knowing that when a station serves it’s community well, it is bound to profit accordingly.'"

    Whatever that means. Maybe John "Sly" Sylvestor's ratings sucked, or maybe the owner is a whore for the conservative cause. More information is needed, & until that comes, anyone's guess is as good as mine.

    •  More from their web site (8+ / 0-)

      According to the site, this is why they're "different":

      We are NOT cookie cutter, boring, bottom-line focused, remote corporate financed, media peddlers.  We believe if you do something to the best of your ability, others will be drawn to it.

      Decisions affecting the company and the community should not be dictated from out of town.  Investing locally secures a future for generations to come.

      Mid-West Family Broadcasting is not product driven, we are people driven.

      Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

      I did 13 years in the radio industry (or, as Quentin Tarantino would call it, "The Life"), and when a radio station -- or, in their case, a radio network -- tells you they are "people-driven", that only means they want to hook as many people as possible to what they're selling. It also means the only people they care about are advertisers, not employees.

      From what I can see, they'd be really stupid to go for another music format, as they seem to have every major musical format covered in the Madison market. I'm thinking they'll be a more conservative talker come the New Year, with plenty of syndicated programming, so they can cut their bottom line. ("People-driven", remember?) As such, they wanted to put separation between their old staff and their new staff.

      "If you're going to go down with the ship, make it a submarine." - Wayne Shorter

      by Oliver Tiger on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 08:00:56 PM PST

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    •  Sly had a BIG audience (4+ / 0-)
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      in Madison.  His podcasts were widely listened to even by people like me not in Madison.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 08:14:34 PM PST

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      •  Arbriton figures for Sylvester? (2+ / 0-)
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        That would decisively show whether it was a business decision, or "just business".

        (Not trying to take sides here, but a quick web search suggests that Sylvester started as an average radio jock with no political axe to grind, just calling things as he saw them, but as time went on the liberal bias of reality influenced how he saw things. And I'm always suspicious the the political bent of any corporation that has "Family" in its name.)

    •  Sounds like some Bradley money (5+ / 0-)

      may have changed hands. Wouldn't want anyone making clear analyses about Walker's relationship with John Doe right about now.

    •  ratings were (2+ / 0-)
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      Jake formerly of the LP, llywrch

      never very good at WTDY. They have consistently been near the bottom. That being said, radio is notorious for letting people go just before the holidays, but in over 40 years of radio and a lot of " your services are no longer needed" I NEVER saw a provision about not disparaging the station or no severance. This is all kinds of wrong.

      I have known Sly ever since his first radio internship, right out of college, and I can honestly say I never worked with anyone who has as much passion for what he does as Sly.  I sure hope he lands on his feet again soon.

      A proud Cheesehead.

      by Radiogabs on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 04:07:55 PM PST

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