Gotham in a radio daze

DJs agree to pursue strike authorization

HOLLYWOOD — About two dozen AFTRA-repped disc jockeys at five Gotham radio stations owned by Clear Channel Communications have voted to seek strike authorization over plans to replace them with pre-recorded voice tracking.

The DJs at WLTW (Lite-FM), WAXQ (Q104), WWPR (Power 105) and WKTU (103.5) voted unanimously to begin the authorization process through AFTRA’s local and national boards.

AFTRA also announced it would hold a rally April 24 in New York’s Bryant Park to protest the Clear Channel plan.

AFTRA and Clear Channel have been in negotiations for a new contract at the stations since the old pact expired in June 2001. Talks have stalled over Clear Channel’s demand for voice-tracking rights to replace live AFTRA announcers with out-of-state non-union announcers pre-recorded elsewhere at below-market rates.

The National Labor Relations Board filed an unfair labor practices complaint in November against Clear Channel for allegedly failing and refusing to bargain with AFTRA.

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