Classical station KPAC , 88.3 in San Antonio has laid off its entire on-air staff, including our good friends Randy Anderson, John Clare, James Baker, and Ron Moore, and plans to run Classical 24. Deirdre Saravia was also cut from full-time on-air, but has accepted a part-time post.
Wayne Coble, vice president and interim general manager for Texas Public Radio (KPAC and KSTX-FM 89.1), said the station is now using “Classical 24,” a Minnesota Public Radio service that is picked up by many stations across the country and features Minnesota announcers.
Though the changed fomat already has prompted complaints, Coble estimated that the cuts would save Texas Public Radio about $200,000 a year. He said it also will enable TPR to use donors’ money to beef up the intended recipient: news and information station KSTX.
“For many years, we’ve been running in the red at KPAC,” Coble said. “The cost to run the 24-7 classical music format (with local hosts) far exceeded the donor contributions.
Randy, John, et al: this STINKS. How can we help?
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