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WABC and WPLJ Layoffs, Veteran Air Personality Dave Stewart Among Casualties

Last month, Cumulus officially completed its acquisition of Citadel Broadcasting. That led to the other shoe dropping yesterday with several layoffs at New York’s Cumulus stations 77 WABC and WPLJ.

All Access reports that as many as 15 staffers combined from the two stations were let go Friday.

Among the notables, WPLJ longtime overnight DJ Dave Stewart, who not only ends an era at WPLJ (22 years), but he was one of the last remaining live overnight jocks in New York.

Stewart will now concentrate on his syndicated show Retrostars.

FishbowlNY attempted to reach Stewart for a comment.

WPLJ evening DJ Christine Richie was another air personality shown the door, along with general sales manager Helen Hammel.

Over at WABC, Sunday host Mancow Muller did not survive the cuts, although he still has a weekday job as morning host on the Chicago-based Talk Radio Network. Muller was hired by WABC program director Laurie Cantillo in September 2010.

All Access says former Sean Hannity producer Jill Vitale was also laid off on the WABC side.

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Mancow Headed to WABC-AM

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Mancow Muller, known simply as Mancow, is bringing his high energy to New York.

Muller is taking over Sunday nights from 6-9 p.m. at 77 WABC.

“Mancow is a smart, savvy entertainer who jumps through the speakers,” WABC program director Laurie Cantillo tells FishbowlNY. “Mancow and John Batchelor are a Sunday night one-two punch to jump-start the work week.”

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who had been hosting a show in that time slot, will remain with Citadel-owned WABC.

“Rabbi Shmuley’s new role gives him the freedom to develop and bring WABC listeners even more exclusive on-air and on-line content,” Cantillo says.

Earlier this year, the Rabbi met with the Pope, traveled to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, and broke the story of Wyclef Jean’s desire to run for president.

“We are mapping out more exciting projects with him, including this week’s blockbuster debate with Christopher Hitchens and exclusive interviews with Israeli leaders this fall,” Cantillo says.

Mancow will continue with his weekday morning show on the Talk Radio Network.