Jul 2, 2009

WHTJ staffers now working from home

WHTJ in Richmond, Va., has shrunk from five employees to just two--both of whom work from home, reports The Hook, a weekly newpaper in Charlottesville. The station recently closed its office across from City Hall, and g.m. D.J. Crotteau left June 5, according to the paper. WHTJ is part of the Community Idea Stations, which are owned by the Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation. The station offers one local program, but "we don’t really need a studio for that,” station spokeswoman Lynn McCarthy-Jones told the paper. “We don’t need to do that in-house.”

Iowa Public Radio cuts nine spots

Nine positions, or 14 percent of the workforce, are gone at Iowa Public Radio. A statement from CEO Mary Grace Herrington said the move completes a reorganization that began with the merger of three pubradio groups into a state network (Current, January 2005 and September 2008). Several employees will take early retirement, and others are being offered severance packages. Four of the nine are vacant slots. The reorganization also includes shifting staff into other areas.