WMNF layoffs taken back listen06/30/10 Seán Kinane
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Last week we reported that this station, WMNF 88.5 FM, was forced to lay off three employees because of a severe budget shortfall. But shortly before broadcast tonight, station manager Jim Bennett announced that because of voluntary staff benefit reductions and a generous donation unrelated to the layoffs, Bennett had notified the three employees that the layoffs were retracted.
"Good news has come to WMNF after more than a week of controversy. Yesterday WMNF received a large one-time gift which will enable us to rescind the announced layoffs of three staff members due to a financial crisis at the station. The donation was not solicited as a result of the layoffs. The timing was coincidental but couldn't have happened at a more critical time. As of this afternoon, Julie Scheid, Lee Courtney, and Linda Reisinger remain on staff at WMNF. We are very grateful for this amazing gift of financial support that allowed this to happen.
"While this timely legacy bequest allows us to avert the crisis and the layoff of three valuable staff members, it will not avoid future crises. WMNF’s future financial health is dependent on expanding our membership base. On July 13 we embark on a three day drive where we hope to add 1000 new or returning station members.
"We appreciate the concern and input from the many listeners who contacted us in response to the layoffs. It is important to us to know how much you care about WMNF. We are happy to have our WMNF family back together."
Music director Lee Courtney is one of the three employees who were affected. He also is a DJ on Monday afternoons and is better known by his on-air nickname Flee.
The only full-time employee who got word of a layoff last week is receptionist Julie Scheid.