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Premiere axes 15 radio shows

'Rockline,' 'Top 40 Flashback' among programs cut

NEW YORK — Radio programming giant Premiere Radio Networks said Tuesday it will cease production on 15 of its underperforming radio skeins, including the long-running “Rockline,” and lay off roughly 100 employees affiliated with the shows.

Layoffs represent about 11% of Premiere’s 900-strong staff.

“It’s important for us to continually review and evaluate the relevancy of our products and services to audiences and advertisers in order to remain competitive and profitable,” said Premiere president and operating chief Kraig T. Kitchin.

Along with “Rockline,” shows affected include “American Top 40 Flashback: The ’80s,” “Audio Timeline,” “Jim Cramer’s Real Money,” “Noise Generator” and “Incredible Country,” among others. “Rockline” was one of the Clear Channel-owned company’s longest running programs, logging two decades on the air with host Bob Coburn.

Premiere — the country’s third-largest radio programmer — produces more than 100 syndicated shows including “Rush Limbaugh,” “Dr. Laura Schlessinger,” “Casey Kasem” and “Rick Dees in the Morning.” Company services its wares to 7,800 affiliates.

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