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After layoffs, iHeart Media hiring Sacramento-based news reporter

The logo of iHeartMedia, formerly Clear Channel Radio. [Photo: Supplied]
Radio conglomerate iHeart Media is looking for a Sacramento-based reporter to cover current events and breaking news at a station that just one week ago laid off its long-time news director.

The job posting was listed a few days before a national “bloodbath” occurred at dozens of iHeart-owned radio stations across the country that resulted in hundreds of employees receiving pink slips as part of a company-wide restructuring of executives and staffers.

Sacramento’s news radio station KFBK (1530 AM, 93.1 FM) was one of the stations impacted by the shakeup, with long-time news director Mike Hagerty receiving a layoff notice last week. It remains unclear who would step in to replace Hagerty, though the station tapped a reporter and show producer to co-host “The Afternoon News” that Hagerty co-anchored before last week.

The job listing posted on LinkedIn last week and reviewed by The Desk on Monday did not indicate it was a position that would fill Hagerty’s role, nor did it appear to be specific to KFBK. But the job is based out of the KFBK newsroom.

A KFBK employee who spoke on background said the job listing was posted before last week’s corporate mayhem and that the company still intends to fill the position.

The reporter position would require an individual to contribute to KFBK and other iHeart news properties outside the Sacramento market, the employee said.

Interested candidates are asked to apply on the iHeart Media website here.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).