89X pulls plug on American operations

click to enlarge An 89X van at Comerica Park. - Photo by Lauren (via Flickr)
Photo by Lauren (via Flickr)
An 89X van at Comerica Park.

Canadian-based alt rock station 89X (CIMX-FM, "the only New Rock Alternative") abruptly closed its American office and cut staff on Thursday, including Cal Cagno of its "Cal and Co.," morning show.

“Cal and Co.,” aired its last show on Thursday. Cagno announced his departure from the station via Twitter that afternoon.

The cuts are reportedly part of a larger restructuring of Canadian-based Bell Media, which also runs 93.9 the River (CIDR-FM), Memories 580 (CKWW-AM), and AM 800 (CKLW-AM).

“The restructuring is a response to the challenges we and other Canadian media companies are facing on multiple fronts: changing broadcast technologies and growing international competition, a tough advertising market, and ongoing regulatory pressure,” Bell Media news director Matthew Garrow told The Detroit News via email.

Garrow said the stations will retain their current formats and continue to be broadcast in Detroit. In all, there were about a dozen layoffs in the restructuring.

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