Monday, October 10, 2011

10.10.11 Bee-otch of the Day: Townsquare Media

Name: Townsquare Media
Age: 15
Occupation: media giant
Last Seen: Greenwich, CT
Bee-otched For: hiring Hanlon

Just when it was safe to lie back and relax, the idiot who helped run Citadel Grand Rapids into the ground found a new job.

Last week, it was announced that Townsquare Media, the parent of Grand Rapids radio stations WGRD 97.9, WLHT Channel 95.7, 98.7 WFGR and WNWZ 1410 had hired former Citadel GM Matt Hanlon to overlook the company's advertising division.

His official title is now "Senior Vice President of Sales".

Hanlon will now be the boss for the company's salespeople, and will develop strategies to increase profits and train salespeople.

Prior to leading Citadel to bankruptcy, Hanlon was a sales person for AOL and Katz Media. Sales is in his blood, but just wait. He'll weasel his way back up to GM, but with Townsquare.

Now, as some of you know, Free Beer and Hot Wings - the morning guys on 'GRD - poke fun at Hanlon on their show frequently. I would imagine if Hanlon became GM for Townsquare GR, FB&HW would move to WNWZ like he did to Stern with 1340 (and bear in mind, 1410's signal's a bigger joke than 1340's, especially at night). I'd also imagine WGRD - complete with their new morning show that got canned from Kansas City, MO for only getting a .2 in the ratings - would move to the weaker 98.7 and 97.9 would flip to Spanish while 1410 would be flipping to old people sleeping at Chamber of Commerce meetings.

And yes, 95.7 would stay put, except with Dave and Geri in the morning.

In two weeks, my Sirius subscription's set to expire, and I'm beyond broke. But, I'm willing to spend the money that I don't have on extending my subscription because I don't want to deal with three radio companies that are run by assholes. God bless WGRD, but not with Hanlon running some of the show. Why should I bow to two companies that ditched Stern on all their stations - Clear Channel and Cumulus - and the company that hired the dumbass who blew up KLQ?

In the world of radio, there's no real lesser of evils, I guess.

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