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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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