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Clear Channel New York Tells AFTRA: Let WLTW & WKTU Employees Vote

Clear Channel New York Tells AFTRA: Let WLTW & WKTU Employees Vote

Clear Channel Radio Senior Vice President Rob Williams asked the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to present the company’s last contract offer to its membership for a secret ballot. Another round of failed negotiations at the bargaining table prompted Williams to bring the year and a half process to a close.
“We clearly have fundamental differences on certain material issues with the union leadership, primarily the issue of voice tracking,” said Williams. “It is time our employees are given an opportunity to vote on the package and decide for themselves if the proposal is acceptable.”
Clear Channel says voice tracking is generally limited to overnights and weekends, and uses non-live talent for certain air shifts. That talent is often from within the market, but may originate elsewhere.
AFTRA has refused to consider giving Clear Channel the ability to use voice tracking on WLTW and WKTU. Regional Vice President for New York Andy Rosen said, “Clear Channel New York has some of the strongest talent in the city and the industry. Our on-air personalities could have the opportunity to expand their shifts and name recognition under voice tracking, make more money and create a greater audience following.”