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Ray Hoffman is Dropped by Wall Street Journal, But Not All is Lost on WCBS 880

HoffmanBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Ray Hoffman has been the comforting voice dispensing financial reports afternoons on WCBS 880 since 2006.

The updates, although broadcast from the Hudson Street studio, are under the auspices of the Wall Street Journal.

Regular 880 listeners likely noticed recently Hoffman was not there and there was no mention of his being away. Jen Ursillo has taken the p.m. drive business role.

As for Hoffman’s mellifluous cadence, it was caught in crosshairs of cost-cutting. The Wall Street Journal Radio Network sliced a 1/3 of its staffers, leaving Hoffman vulnerable.

“My contract came up and they didn’t renew it,” Hoffman admits to Tuned In. “I wasn’t surprised because I was making a fair amount of money.”

Despite the longevity and familiarity on 880, Hoffman diplomatically wouldn’t discuss if WCBS played a part in removing him from their station.

“I stay away from administration, and I don’t want to get involved with that now or second guess what anybody does,” Hoffman adds. “I know the Journal would have liked to have kept me, and CBS I’m sure would have liked to have kept me doing more than what I’m doing now.”

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WLTW Keeps Lead Over WCBS-FM for March

wltw_2010_200x90By JERRY BARMASH

It’s not whether WLTW/Lite FM wins or loses in the monthly ratings, it’s by how much it claims victory.

The story remains the same as Clear Channel’s 106.7 took number one in the Arbitron overall PPM for March.

Lite upped its rating to 7.8, from 7.6 for February. Its closest rival once again is WCBS-FM. The Classic Hits station did see a .3 boost to 6.4.

Even better gains could be found at Z100/WHTZ. Next on the Clear Channel hit parade, Z100 jumped .5 to 5.6.

YMF Media’s WBLS dropped slightly to 5.3, but still a fourth-place showing.

Related: WNYM Program Director Leaving the Station

There is a gap before number five, WINS with 4.5, down .2 for the month. Sister station WCBS 880 saw a .3 drop to 3.5.

It’s a good finish for Classic Rocker WAXQ/Q 104.3 with a slight improvement to 4.3.

The Spanish formats cracked the Top 10 for March. WSKQ slipped .3 to 4.1, while WXNY lost .2 to 4.0.

More ratings analysis after the jump

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