At least five people are out of work at the iHeartRadio Minneapolis market after the radio giant slashed jobs this week as part of an organizational restructuring that affects stations nationwide.
It's still unclear how many people in the Minneapolis market were let go. Radio Insight and All Access have been keeping track of on-air personalities that lost jobs, and they so far include:
- Mollie Kendrick, co-host of the Cities 97.1 morning show
- Brent Barkley, producer of the Cities 97.1 morning show
- Dan Foss, weekends at 101.3 KDWB
- Sue Jeffers, weekend host for 1130 KTLK
- Levi Jessen, assistant program director at K102
"I don't know what's next, but please keep in touch," Kendrick wrote in a Facebook post in which she thanked iHeartMedia and Cities 97.1 for the opportunity to "conquer" her dream of working in the market.
"Sad day folks!" wrote Jeffers in a Facebook post. "It’s been a great run but today we found out the Sue Jeffers show is over. It sucks to be on the chopping block and hopefully sometime in the future we can be back on air."
iHeartRadio said in a release earlier this week: "Jobs will be lost. The exact number is unknown."
“During a transition like this it’s reasonable to expect that there will be some shifts in jobs – some by location and some by function – but the number is relatively small given our overall employee base of 12,500.
"That said, we recognize that the loss of any job is significant; we take that responsibility seriously and have been thoughtful in the process," iHeart's release said.
iHeartMedia's other Twin Cities radio station include two of the most highly-rated in the market: KFAN and KOOL 108.