Krol president blames WHMI layoffs on economic woes in wake of pandemic

Two on-air personalities and one other WHMI-FM staffer lost their jobs on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.

Though Rod Krol, president of Krol Communications, which owns WHMI, did not detail which employees were let go other than to say they were “three full-time, outstanding staff members,” it’s believed that mid-day host Julie Wood and afternoon host Buzz Elliott are gone; their employee profiles and contact information are no longer available on the WHMI website.

“The station’s Morning Show with Mike & Jon since 2002 remains on the air and committed to continuing to serve Livingston and surrounding counties,” Krol said in a statement. “WHMI’s award-winning news department will also continue to provide the community with the best in local news and information.”

Krol laid blame for the layoffs on the pandemic: “Like every other small business, the economic impact (of COVID-19) had to be addressed,” he said.

WHMI-93.5 FM was purchased in 2015 by the Owosso-based Krol Communications, which owns radio stations throughout mid-Michigan.

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Journalist Maria Stuart worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as a reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. These days, she runs The Livingston Post.

5 Comments

  1. I do not know who the people are doing the late morning and afternoon spots, but I cannot stand to listen to them! The afternoon guy is horrible and always stumbling over his words and those corny quips are not even remotely funny. Yuck!! They better keep Mike and Jon or I am losing this station!
    And Mitch Ling is gone too! :’-( I cannot even recognize the station anymore!

  2. That’s really a shame and a great loss. I had a feeling Krol might start pulling a Gannett. I guess this is more like a ClearChannel though. Same basic idea. Like Phil Power, I understand why the Jablonkskis sold it though. I’ve been listening to Buzz and Julie since I was in high school 20 years ago. One of the things I really admired about WHMI was how steady it was through the years. Very little had changed (in a good way). Wherever I was, whenever I heard their voices (streaming) I felt like I was back home. They were a part of the fabric of Livingston County and will be greatly missed. Here’s wishing them the best of luck and I hope to hear their voices somewhere again soon.

    I also only discovered LivPo a few days ago and am so happy to see Maria and Buddy still doing what they do best. They are fantastic people. Hey, maybe Buzz and Julie can start their own station! I’d be willing to donate some extra Phil Collins albums.

  3. Very sad for the two let go….hopefully they will be back after all this corona stuff is done and over with!!
    So I wonder….who is taking over their time slots? I mean the radio is going 24/7 right?

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