Seattle’s Classical KING-FM cuts Positions as Underwriting Income dries up

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Classical KING FM in Seattle has cut three full-time positions and several part-time positions due to a loss of underwriting income from local arts organizations.

“Underwriting revenue has almost disappeared for us,” CEO Brenda Barnes told Current in an email. “The majority is from nonprofit arts institutions that are unable to operate now and for the foreseeable future.”

Barnes said that looking to next year, “I don’t see any way that underwriting and car donations are going to rebound. So, in order to ensure KING FM is strong through the tough economic years ahead, I needed to make staff reductions.”

Among the cuts were two programming positions and a development position, Barnes said. In total, the station eliminated the equivalent of 4 1/2 full-time positions, she said.

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