Well, I was fired this morning. I was part of a nation-wide blood bath that saw a lot of radio people get fired.
So much for working a 70 hour week and doing the work of 10 people, and not complaining about it.
When it all comes down to it, I was just a number on a spreadsheet, with a salary that needed to be eliminated.
What I'm really sorry about, is the area will suffer now, without any station that will serve them. Although The Cat, Oldies, and 1230 are owned by a huge company, it was me, and me alone, that kept them serving the area, and informed.
Starting tomorrow, don't know what you can expect in the way of LOCAL news, because I won't be writing and gathering it anymore.
Not sure what my future will bring. In the old days, you could just go to the station across the street. Now, all the stations seem to be owned by the same person.
It's been a pleasure serving you all.I have to confess I never listened to 98.5 The Cat, preferring instead WAMC, but I followed 98.5 The Cat on Facebook and was amazed by the news--both aggregated and original--that it brought me. More than one post on Gossips was inspired by local news shared by Williams, and I was honored to have Williams consider me a fellow newsperson. Representing The Cat, he was ubiquitous and indefatigable, appearing in every parade, supporting every worthy cause, and remarkably always being on the spot when news was happening--even, when I was trying to get help for the mangy foxes in the cemetery, alerting me to early morning fox sightings on Ten Broeck Lane as he made his way to work.
Reacting to the news, Sam Pratt commented on Facebook, "The station's owners plainly don't realize that Williams was central to their identity. Or don't care." I share that sentiment and add my own: This really sucks.
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