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WTDY cuts news staff, including Sly

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Big changes for WTDY radio's AM and FM stations. Switching formats and letting at least eight employees go.

While they don't know what this new format will be they do know it will not include news or morning talk shows. Ending an era in Madison broadcasting history.

Stepping into John "Sly" Sylvester's Madison home you'd swear you stepped into a museum.

"Going back from 1960 all the way to the current," Sylvester chuckles.

Showcasing his two passions in life, radio and politics.

"Here I am as a young man with President Clinton," Sylvester says as he holds up an old photograph.

Since he was 18-years-old, Sly knew local radio was his purpose in life.

More than just a job, his reason for living.

"I know there are a lot of people that go to their jobs everyday and they don't like them. I have been able to go to a job that I love doing," Sylvester says.

Since 1997 WTDY was the place that gave his passion a home.

Wednesday afternoon he and seven others got word that that home was changing without them.

"They thanked us for our service and told us there was going to be a new format at WTDY," News Director Amy Barrilleaux says.

Barrilleaux was among the eight employees who were told their services were no longer needed.

While she's still shocked with the news, it's something she's grown to expect in radio.

"There's a lot of talented people. I'm sure they'll all land on their feet," Barrilleaux says.

They're people like Sly, who may not have a job, but still has his passion.

One that will carry on for many years to come.

"I'm going to try to put something together. I will stay active and my voice will not be silenced whether it will be in the exact form that it was I don't know, but it's really hard to shut me up," Sylvester chuckles.

When you visit WTDY's web site all you'll find is a holiday greeting simply saying "Happy Holidays" and listing a company e-mail.

We've reached out to Midwest Family Broadcasting, but haven't heard back from them.

 

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MADISON (WKOW) -- WTDY radio cut its news staff, including long time radio host John "Sly" Sylvester.

WTDY 1670 AM and WTDY 106.7 FM are owned by Madison based Midwest Family Broadcasting.

News Director Amy Barrilleaux on her Twitter page said, "WTDY is no longer news talk. That's all I know."

As of Wednesday afternoon, WTDY has not returned calls from 27News. The web site for WTDY was replaced with a holiday greeting.

 

 

 

 

 

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