Update 6:00pm - We've learned 4 people have been laid off at Clear Channel Syracuse. Click here for the newer story.
SYRACUSE -- Longtime local radio fixture Jim Reith has exited FM Newsradio 106.9 and 570 WSYR. In place of his weekday 3-7pm talk show, the Clear Channel station's website now says syndicated host Sean Hannity will air from 3-5pm, followed by "Daily Wrap with Joe Galuski" for the 5pm hour. Syndicated host Michael Savage begins at 6pm, going for the next seven hours.
We have contacted local Clear Channel management via email to effort "official" confirmation/comments and we'll update as we learn more.
Thank you for all of your comments. I am touched by your well wishes. Thank you to everyone who took the time to listen to the show and participate. In my almost 30 yrs at WSYR I've been fortunate to work with some amazing people. From Don Dauer, Rick Gary, Bill Baker and [WSYR morning drive host] @joegaluski to bosses like @tomlangmyer, Bob Neil, [WSYR program director] Jason Furst and [Clear Channel GM] Joel Delmonico. They say that when one door closes, another opens. I very much look forward to the next challenge. Thank you all very much. See you all down the road, God willing.
On the "info" page of his profile, Reith had stated, "Hi everyone! For those of you who don't know, I'm a radio talk show host on 570wsyr in Syracuse. I've been on the air here for almost 27 years, doing the talk show for the last 11." Earlier in his run at WSYR, Reith had served as the station's news director.
It's unclear whether Galuski -- who retains his duties as the host of "CNY's Morning News" -- will be returning in the afternoon to do the "Wrap" hour live, or if it will be prerecorded earlier in the day. We would also speculate the 7-hour stretch of Savage might be a temporary measure until something else can be lined up. Again, we'll update as we learn more.
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