UTICA-ROME -- Jesse Jordan has been dropped from the lineup at Roser CHR Kiss-FM (WSKS/WSKU). The midday personality, who also doubled as Promotions Director, says she was let go because she refused to be moved to the morning drive timeslot.
Jordan issued a press release on her sudden departure late this morning. Here is the statement in its entirety:
Jesse Jordan, middayer and Promotions Director at CHR 979/1055 KISS FM (WSKS/WSKU) Roser Communications, Utica, left the building today after expressing concerns about the CHRs plan for fall ratings. Jordan was asked to take over the uncomfortable morning chair due to Roser's inability to find a suitable replacement for the long vacant position. To make the shift, Roser eliminated Jordan's position in middays, and moved Shaun Andrews, PD to her seat, brought on weekender S-Dot as afternoon driver and kept Intern Dave at night. Jordan joins the ranks of ousted morning personalities Gary Spears, who left in March, and Eric Thomas, who was on the struggling CHR for four weeks. In May of 2009, Roser Communications shocked the market with the false format flip stunt to introduce Thomas to their morning drive position. After Thomas was given his walking papers, the seat has yet to be permanently filled.
Jordan is already searching for her next opportunity and interested PDs can reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Added 7:50pm: This afternoon, Jordan elaborated further on the situation in an e-mail to CNYRadio.com. Despite problems off-air, she wishes the best to the station and her former co-workers:
The chain reaction that was set off by Gary Spears exit in March has caused much professional stress and discomfort for all of us in programming at Roser. I made it clear I very much so wanted to stay in my current position and I provided a letter outlining my apprehensions at this sudden demand, two of which were Gary Spears and Eric Thomas, but they opted to show me the door.
Regardless, I wish nothing but the best of luck to Roser Comm, Bug Country, Beautiful Music, and of course, KISS FM. I learned much from Shaun Andrews, got to nurture young, raw talent in Intern Dave, I had a hell of a summer, and I can hold my head up high that I did all I could to help Kiss grow and flourish during my tenure.
Night jock "Intern Dave" expressed mutual appreciation for Jordan, issuing the following statement to CNYRadio.com:
Jesse is my best friend, like family to me. I will miss her very much. The station will not be the same with out her every day. Sitting down at my desk this afternoon will not be the same knowing she isn't sitting at hers.
As of yet, we have not received any statements from station management. If and when we do, we'll add them to this article.
I have heard from several different sources that management is having a lot of difficulty filling the morning show position, so they informed her yesterday that she could either take the morning show position or face termination. She had told me many times when I worked there why she didn't accept the position before (apparently they offered it to her before I was brought in) [...] She would have stayed on in her current capacity, but they informed her that position had effectively been eliminated.
We've heard just about the same thing from other sources who requested anonymity in the situation.
For those keeping score at home, Kenny the Promo Guy was not dismissed -- he remains on the schedule for weekends, where he was before he was asked to fill in on mornings following Thomas' dismissal. We're assuming he had to step down from mornings to concentrate on his full-time job at a local college -- apparently nobody expected the search for a permanent host would still be open by the time classes resumed for the fall. (Maybe they did, but we certainly didn't.)
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