LISTENERS to Radio Tay will have detected something was afoot when one of the station’s news readers announced, on air, that he was his was making his final broadcast and that he disagreed with changes planned for the station.
These changes comprise redundancy facing five staff and two freelancers.
It prompted Greg Russell to say, live on air: “And finally. This is the last time you’ll hear me utter those words here on Radio Tay. It’s been fun for the past three years and I leave with a heavy heart, as part of the changes that have, in my humble opinion, destroyed the station I helped set up 29 years ago.
“With that, I’ll say goodbye, but I hope you persevere and keep on listening. Radio Tay News, it’s two minutes past two…”
In a statement, a Radio Tay spokesperson said: “Radio Tay’s core purpose is to inform and entertain our local listeners and broadcast the very best programming for our audiences and advertisers. We are embedded in the community and we serve and attract 35,000 more listeners than our nearest competitor.
“The recent changes at Radio Tay will have minimal impact on our on-air content, whilst enhancing our commercial offering and better serving our audiences and advertisers.
“Losing talented people is always a last resort and although it is not appropriate for us to comment on individuals we would like to thank those who are leaving for the contribution they have made to the station over the years.”