Harvard eliminates GM positions to minimize COVID-19 revenue challenges

Harvard Broadcasting has eliminated its General Manager positions across the chain as it looks to minimize the revenue impacts of COVID-19.

Tamara Konrad

The layoffs include Tamara Konrad, who had been GM in Edmonton for the past decade; Craig Picton, GM for the company’s stations in Fort McMurray for the last five years; and Jason Huschi, GM in Regina, who’d been with the company since 1985.

Darren Robson

Darren Robson, program director for MY 92.1 (CHMX-FM) and 104.9 The Wolf (CFWF-FM) in Regina, and Sara Parker, PD at Kraze 101.3 (CKIK-FM) and X100.7 (CKEX-FM) in Red Deer, were also casualties.

Andy Ross loses his GM title in Saskatoon, but will stay on as Program Director for 96.3 CRUZ FM (CFWD-FM), while adding PD duties for Regina. Chris Meyers, PD for Harvard’s Edmonton stations, is now also PD for Kraze, while Christian Hall, PD at Calgary’s X92.9 (CFEX-FM) and National Program Manager, adds programming X100.7 to his duties.  

“Due to continued declining economic conditions and the devastating effect COVID-19 has had on our business, Harvard Broadcasting made the difficult decision to reduce its business operations and initiate a corporate restructuring,” said Cam Cowie, company Vice-President and COO, in a statement provided to Broadcast Dialogue. “This restructuring has resulted in the creation of department VPs who will oversee their departments across all markets.”
Those VP appointments include:
  • Christian Hall, VP Brands and Content
  • Karen Broderick, VP Sales – Saskatchewan
  • Gary Brasil, VP Sales – Alberta
  • Angela Prokop, VP Finance and Administration
  • Chris Terpsma, VP Engineering and Infrastructure

Earlier on in the pandemic, Harvard instituted a temporary, company-wide pay reduction, however employees are now being paid back in full.

Headquartered in Calgary, Harvard owns 13 radio stations in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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