Year-end cutbacks at CBS Radio


CBS RadioBoth CBS Radio/Los Angeles and Chicago have made some year-end cuts to maximize efficiency. Four out of almost 500 were laid off in LA and two in Chicago:

Here’s the Los Angeles list, from

–Bob Malik, newsman in morning drive for the Gary Bryan Show at K-Earth. He started as a part-time jock 12 years ago, but for the past decade he has been providing the morning news. “I think the world of him,” emailed program director Rick Thomas. “Bob is a wonderful human being who via his uniquely contemporary style, helped hard news work on a music format. That is not something you see every much nowadays. It was Bob who made that work.”

Bob has been host of the syndicated The Beatle Years for the past 11 years.

–Tommy Jaxson, most recently a traffic reporter at KNX. A Southern California native, he came from Dallas radio to work at KFI. He was soon hosting the popular Pillow Talk evening show, until moving to the overnight shift on sister station, KOST.

–In addition, due to consolidations in the traffic/continuity department, one individual was part of the lay-offs along with an engineer.

Here’s the Chicago list, from Chicago Radio and Media:

–Longtime WBBM-AM/Newsradio 780 news anchor/reporter Steve Grzanich. He had been with the station for nearly 20 years. Grzanich had been with WBBM-AM since 1994, starting out as a news writer and reporter. Over the years, he worked largely as a reporter and host of special segments. Since 2006, he had been the co-anchor of the highly-rated afternoon newscasts.

— Michael Horn, veteran imaging professional at WBBM-FM. He had been with the station since 1994.

We regret the news and hope they’ll all find new gigs soon. You’ll find some of their contact information in the links provided from these stories if you can help them out.


  1. It’s especially sad when employees are let go around Christmas time, which is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration. And, while it was good reporting to name the individuals affected, I do note that two people were not named… someone from the traffic/continuity department and an engineer. I’m sure the two individuals were as hard working and professional as the on-air talent, and perhaps they also deserved to be named. The two are just as much out of a job, and will likely need a “new gig”.

    Sometimes, layoffs or staff reductions like this involve the company providing an incentive to take an early retirement, and sometimes that is a fair settlement. The employee is compensated for leaving, and the company reduces staff on the books. It makes a difference.

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