So many people are assuming that if Wease comes to Clear Channel, he'll land at WHAM. Isn't it more likely that he could end up elsewhere in the Rochester Clear Channel cluster? He's not going to bump Chet and Beth, they're too strong. Conceivably in afternoon drive he'd do a lot better numbers and draw a lot better demos than Limbaugh, but that daypart isn't going to permit a Wease-level salary, so you can probably forget that. But Clear Channel has a couple of full-market coverage FMs where he would be a more natural fit. His type of morning show could easily plug in at Fox 95.1 if it chooses to take CMF head-on, or even at Drive 100.5 if it chooses to take on Buzz AND CMF at once with a mix of newer music and foreground personality. CMF, PXY, the whole commercial radio spectrum in the market can be said to be vulnerable to a new serious player (with the exception of WDKX, WBEE and Warm 101.3, each of which are format-exclusive and doing what they do too well right now to allow a format competitor any breathing room).
We've heard about Clear Channel's reported hiring freeze, but that's probably more PR for Wall Street's consumption than true business reality. They're already unfreezing for Rover in Cleveland within the next 45 days, and will they give up yet another major competitive opportunity in another of their more lucrative clusters? I doubt it. (I'll admit I don't take hiring freezes seriously because of personal experience. A Syracuse station hired me during a corporate hiring freeze in the midst of the even nastier 1973-74 recession...which taught me that hiring freezes are meant to be melted when strategically necessary.)