The talk of the radio world today is the stark layoffs and new format at the now-former News 92 FM, which earlier Wednesday announced that it was ending its news operation and letting go of all its 47 employees. Then it started playing Beyonce, nothing but Beyonce, and -- calling itself "B92" -- has yet to stop.
Earlier today the Radio One-owned station posted this statement on its Web site:
NEWS92, Houston's first FM all-news radio station, aired its last broadcast Wednesday, October 8th, 2014. We'd like to thank the NEWS92 staff for their outstanding service, our advertisers and each of you our listeners and Web visitors for your support.
This difficult decision is a result of sustained poor ratings performance and significant financial losses over the past three years despite the substantial financial and human resources we invested.
Unfortunately, the market hasn't shown a sustainable appetite for news radio, but each of you motivated us daily to produce a high-quality news program. Together, we made history.
Still are, it sounds like.
Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, Radio One bills itself as "The Urban Media Specialist," and also owns Majic 102 FM, 97.9 The Box and Praise 102.1 (HD-2) in the Houston market.
If anyone is curious, the combined discographies of Destiny's Child and Beyonce have a total running time of approximately eight hours and 45 minutes. Live albums and DC's 2005 greatest-hits #1's are included, but not singles, EPs or remixes.
Perhaps this was inevitable, considering the world's insatiable appetite for all things Beyonce, but we're keeping an ear on "B92" and will let you know what happens.
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