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Sunday, November 23, 2014

What A Way to be Fired


By now you've probably heard that Tribune Media pulled the plug on "87.7 The Game in Chicago." In fact, you may have even heard about it before some of the on-air staff did. Ben Finfer and Alex Quigley learned they were fired while they were on the air. According to The Sporting News, Finfer said, "We're doing a live show here. And to be told this way, it's really a letdown. We're getting screwed on this one ... We just found out on Twitter a half hour ago that the station is being taken off the air. We were not told about this ahead of time. We didn't know anything about it. We were coming back from a break and saw on Twitter from Robert Feder that the station is being taken off the air. Can you believe that? A lot of really talented people were hired to work at this station and found out through Twitter they were fired. Nothing from the bosses."

Tribune Media launched The Game 87.7 last February on a low-power television frequency that doubles as an FM radio signal. Also out are Jonathon Brandmeier and Garry Meier. Brandmeier's morning show aired on The Game 87.7 and the online streaming site Meier's afternoon show aired only on Robert Feder broke the story.

Finfer added, "You would assume you tell the employees before the media. You assume they have the common courtesy to let some hosts on the air know that something might be coming so you don't find out when you're coming back from a commercial break. I've never heard of such a thing. I've heard of of some pretty crappy things in this business. You talk to radio people and you'll hear awful stories about the way they've been treated. I'm not sure I've ever heard anything like this. Who would have though Marc Trestman would make it past mid-season and not us?"

(11/21/2014 5:39:15 PM)
Ah the radio musical game of chairs begins.. Let's see where Brandmeier and Meier land. Maybe the Loop?

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