“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.
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!