Black Friday in Springs radio
Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the radio...
In separate moves, local radio stations KRDO (95.1 FM) “The Peak” and KKCS (104.5 FM) laid off most of their staffs on Friday.
"There’s a lot of good talent out there that are looking for work through no fault of their own,” said Mark Goldberg, who was part of KKCS’ morning show.
Country music station KKCS laid off seven employees and its owner, Superior Broadcasting, plans to sell the station, general manager Cody Carlson said. Carlson and one other staffer will keep the station on the air until new owners are found. Carlson said she didn’t know who would buy the station or how quickly a sale might happen.
“It was a sad day today,” she said.
KKCS has struggled with reception issues and falling ratings since selling its old frequency, 101.9 FM, in January to Bustos Media, which turned it into Spanish-language station KGDQ.
“We were hopeful that they would actually fix the signal and it would stay on the air,” said Samantha Adams, who co-hosted KKCS’ morning show with Goldberg and her husband, Craig Morrison. “In this business anything can happen and there was writing on the wall.”
Pikes Peak Broadcasting is in the process of selling KRDO to Citadel Broadcasting, but the companies signed a management agreement that will give Citadel control of the station as of Sunday. In the switch, Citadel decided not to keep KRDO’s air staff, Pikes Peak Broadcasting general manager Neil Klockziem said, meaning at least five people lost their jobs (although they can reapply with Citadel).
Citadel operations manager Bobby Irwin said he couldn’t comment on the changes at the station and general manager Kevin Godwin was out of town and could not be reached for comment.
Pikes Peak Broadcasting is also selling KRDO (Channel 13) and KRDO (1240 AM), along with television station KJCT in Grand Junction, to the News-Press & Gazette company of St. Joseph, Mo. That sale will be completed on Monday, but Klockziem, who is staying on as general manager, said viewers shouldn’t notice any immediate changes at the TV station.
“It’s going to be pretty seamless,” he said.