Two major personalities at Oldies 96 WHNN are out of a job
(01/15/16) - Two major DJ's at Oldies 96 WHNN, in Saginaw, are out of a job.
Johnny Burke and Blondie, part of Johnny Burke and the Morning Crew, have been on the radio for more than two decades. They got the news after coming off air.
According to their attorney, Victor Mastromarco, it had to do with appealing to a younger crowd.
"It's devastating. I mean, you know, it cuts your legs right from under you. They absolutely had no idea," Mastromarco said.
Mastromarco says the duo was shocked about the announcement.
In a press release Friday, Cumulus, the company that owns WHNN, says they are beginning a format evolution, changing their brand from WHNN "Our Classic Hits" to "My 96.1: The Best Variety of Yesterday and Today."
The press release also said they want music that makes listeners feel "younger, hipper and in the now."
They want to celebrate the heritage of WHNN, but also invite new fans.
Mastromarco says he doesn't understand why they couldn't make these changes with Johnny Burke and Blondie, and is considering taking legal action.
"They're in the age group. The employer has terminated them. They, in fact, indicated a reason, which would be an impermissible reason, for terminating them. And that's all you need for the courts to look at to pass the threshold to have a jury determine what went on here," Mastromarco said.
WHNN officially began their format evolution at 5 p.m. Friday.
They're inviting listeners to hear them in their cars on the way home and throughout the weekend.
ABC12 News reached to Cumulus, but we have not heard back.