David Garrett was laid off Thursday as KGHM-AM 1340 sports director as part of nationwide layoffs at Clear Channel Communications. Garrett, 52, had worked for the station for seven years. He handled a variety of play-by-play assignments, including UCO football.
In Oklahoma City, at least three other veteran on-air broadcasters were dropped, including KTOK-AM news director Jerry Bohnen, a 32-year news veteran; KTOK afternoon personality Eggman (Greg Moore) and KXXY-FM 96.1 morning personality Dan Stroud.
Garrett, a 1983 OSU graduate and former Dallas Cowboys announcer, said Friday he wasn't surprised to hear the news because of the downsizing trend in radio and other media.
“It's a whole new animal,” Garrett said. “I've been disappointed with the station for two or three years. We have downsized so much. Just one person does the job of five or six on every station we have.”
Hampered by the station's low power, Garrett's afternoon talk show failed to make a dent in the city's competitive sports talk market.
Clear Channel market manager Bill Hurley said he could not comment on personnel changes, but he discussed the layoffs through a company statement. “Unfortunately in the process of improving our abilities to serve our listeners, some employees were affected,” he said. “These are never easy decisions to make. We appreciate their commitment to Clear Channel over the years.”
Hurley said he remained committed to keeping KGHM “The Game” a sports talk station. Weekday programming includes Toby Rowland’s show from 6-8 a.m., Dan Patrick, 8-11 a.m., and Jim Rome, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The station also carries Oklahoma City RedHawks broadcasts and high school football games.