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Last week's exit of controversial WSPD-AM 1370 talk-radio host Brian Wilson follows a yearlong pattern of dismissals, layoffs, and corporate maneuvering by Clear Channel Communications Inc. that has sent scores of people to the unemployment line.
Clear Channel, the largest radio station operator in the country, is partially owned by Bain Capital, which is the company founded and previously run by former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Debt-ridden Clear Channel, headquartered in San Antonio, has been quietly pruning its corporate structure since late 2011.
On-air talent and behind-the-scenes employees have been shown the door or programming has been eliminated in markets that include Los Angeles, Boston, Tampa, San Diego, Madison, Wis., Springfield, Mo., Oklahoma City, Nashville, and, most recently, Toledo.
"Obviously they are trying to pay down their monster debt with Bain Capital," said Tommy Butter, who was laid off from top-40 station WRVW-FM in Nashville in March. "Obviously, they are trying to fire their way to pay that debt down." snip
Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners, two private-equity firms, finalized their $26.7 billion purchase of Clear Channel in July, 2008, loading the company with debt. According to Clear Channel's Nov. 2 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company had $16.4 billion in debt.
The company's debt must be repaid throughout the decade and comes due as soon as 2014. The 2008 sale was the catalyst for thousands of layoffs as Clear Channel restructured. snip
Clear Channel has been strategically firing employees in small numbers so it doesn't appear that the company is undergoing large-scale layoffs, he said, adding that it would have looked bad for Mr. Romney if his former company fired Clear Channel's workers en masse."
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I'm sure that I speak for many on the forum when I say that our hearts go out to all the right wing noise machine radio hosts who have lost their livelihoods while enriching Bain Capital.
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