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Sly” Sacked, WTDY to Change Formats

Yeah…pesky lit­tle thing about the radio busi­ness.  Seems that it is run by rat­ings, and if you’re at the bot­tom, some­thing will have to change.

Wel­come to the true mean­ing of progress, “progressives.”

A shakeup at WTDY radio, 1670 AM and 106.7 FM, has left sev­eral broad­cast­ers out of work, includ­ing long­time Madi­son radio per­son­al­ity John “Sly” Sylvester.

Mes­sage to every­body: I just want to inform you that today was my last day of employ­ment at WTDY,” Sylvester posted on his Face­book page Wednes­day. “After 15 years, I was told that my ser­vices were no longer needed. I would like to thank every­body that’s sup­ported my pro­gram. It’s been a plea­sure to share this won­der­ful expe­ri­ence with you.”

Offi­cials of Mid­west Fam­ily Broad­cast­ing, owner of WTDY, could not imme­di­ately be reached Wednes­day. By mid after­noon, the sta­tion was play­ing Christ­mas music and its web­site had been replaced with a sta­tic “Happy Hol­i­days” message.

Amy Bar­ril­leaux, WTDY news direc­tor, said in a tweet that “WTDY is no longer news talk. That’s all I know.” Bar­ril­leaux tweeted that she is among those who lost their jobs Wednesday.

Just another sign that lib­eral talk radio doesn’t work…even in Madison.

UPDATE Word is the new post-Thanksgiving for­mat will be “Sports / Talk,” with an empha­sis being the CBS Sports pack­age and the sta­tion is to be Madison’s new home (if he ever had one) for Jim Rome.

Wel­come to the Jun­gle Mad-Town!

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    Romey Cur­rently resides on the Big 1070. If they do get Rome, that will prob­a­bly spell the end to the Big 1070’s cur­rent format.

    Doubt the Madi­son mar­ket can sus­tain 3 sports talk radio stations.