A trio of Twin Cities radio stations owned by Hubbard Broadcasting are feeling the pain of the economic downfall from the coronavirus crisis, as SKOR North, MyTalk and KS95 all announced significant layoffs on Friday.
At SKOR North, on-air hosts Matthew Coller, Derek Wetmore, Ramie Makhlouf, along with producers Ross Brendel and Jonathan Harrison, and social media coordinator Seth Auger were let go.
Phil Mackey, Judd Zulgad and Declan Goff remain at the sports station, with the "Mackey & Judd" show remaining on-air, weekdays 5-6 p.m., at AM 1500 in addition to being available on YouTube and in podcast form.
"These last 60 days have been REALLY hard on sports media," said Mackey, content director at SKOR North, in a release. "Especially a new brand like SKOR North, which launched just over a year ago. And a recovery isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. It’s unbelievably frustrating. And great people — here and elsewhere — are now in search of work because of it."
KS95 and MyTalk 107.1 also announced layoffs, though names of those who lost jobs have not been released publicly as of this posting.
"For our guys who lost jobs today, I will go to bat for every one of them. If you are a sports media entity in a position to hire – whenever that may be – Matthew Coller, Ramie Makhlouf, Derek Wetmore, Seth Auger, Jon Harrison and Ross Brendel are STARS. I love you guys," said Mackey.
According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economics, more than 593,000 Minnesotans have applied for unemployment insurance since the coronavirus outbreak-related state shutdowns were enforced March 16.