WXPN has scaled back Y Rock on XPN, canning the alternative-music show heard Wednesday through Friday nights on 88.5 FM.
The programming will continue at www.yrockonxpn.org and at XPN’s HD-2 side channel.
Operations manager Josh T. Landow was one of six people who got layoff notices this week from the University of Pennsylvania-owned station. FMQB first reported on the cutbacks.
In an interview with me, station manager Roger LaMay blamed the economy. “We delayed it as long as we could, but we have an obligation to balance our budget,” he said. “It’s a sad day for us.”
The Y Rock format was developed in 2006 by Jim McGuinn, who programmed the late, great Y100 and is now at Minnesota Public Radio. After Radio One canned Y100, McGuinn and a bunch of volunteers initially ran the Y Rock format online.
Weekender Dan Gutierrez now spins XPN-style music in the evenings from 8 to 10.