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BREAKING: RADIO ONE CUTS JOBS AT XM CHANNEL 169

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Publisher

July 26, 2007, 3:40 p.m. EDT (Updated at 9 p.m.) - Redding News Review today learned that Radio One has cut at least four staffers over at its satellite radio channel XM 169 The Power.

"We are not making a statement until Monday," said a secretary for Lee Michaels, national program director for Radio One-owned Syndication One News/Talk and XM 169 The Power.

Sources, who asked not to be identified, told Redding News Review that popular shows "We Ourselves," "Make it Plain" and supporting staff have been eliminated to make way for a new revamped lineup on Monday.

Radio One today also began running best of shows in the place of those shows.

The cuts come as Comedian Sheryl Underwood decided not to sign a deal at the channel, after starting a daily show in March.

"We offered her a deal and she drug her feet about signing the deal," said Michaels, who cited her many scheduling conflicts.

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The cuts also come as a source at Radio One had been complaining about delayed payments.

"That's absolutely untrue," Michaels said.

The company lost close to two-thirds of its value in the past two years earlier this year, according to a Washington Post report.

Radio One programs XM 169 for XM Satellite Radio, which is in the process of merging with Sirius Satellite Radio. 

(Disclosure: Redding News Review's radio program was heard on XM 169 The Power's "We Ourselves" every Friday at 3 p.m. EDT).

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