The Hawk’s (94.5 FM) afternoon drive is missing its local DJ, “Dutch.” Despite a stellar ratings book over the summer, the station, like many across the country, is consolidating and syndicating in response to national radio advertising lows. Dutch still hosts remote broadcasts with The Hawk and performs classic rock weekly with his ’80s band. The Hawk had no response to emails asking about Dutch, but Dutch was flattered to hear listeners were inquiring about his absence and responded.
“Thanks for asking! If this were Facebook, my relationship status with Cumulus (aka: 94.5 The Hawk) would be, ‘It’s Complicated.’ I’m technically still an employee but I don’t have an air shift so you’ll hear me broadcasting from the occasional live remote here and there but for now, even though I had a great rapport with the listeners and excellent ratings, as a result of corporate downsizing, I’m a radio DJ without a time slot. Sadly, there are an increasing number of people just like me all over the U.S.
“Just like most people I know, I have irons in lots of fires to pay the bills. I have a consulting business called Jeff Tanner Creative in which I do copywriting, voiceovers and ad campaigns for radio and TV stations and advertising agencies across America, I’m in a party rock and dance music band called Dutch Treet with an incredibly talented group of guys, I host trivia a couple nights a week and I just signed-on with STW Agency for acting.”
To get Dutch Treet performance times and locations, visit the band’s Facebook page.
Date posted: December 19, 2011
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