NewsRadio 99.1 FM KINF laid off two full-time employees Thursday as part of a restructuring that includes eliminating local news programming.
The station will keep it news and talk format, program director Rick Worthington said, but it will do so without a local news presence.
News director Mike Sharp and general assignment reporter Don Wimberly are no longer with the station.
Along with the absence of local news updates throughout the day, the “Idaho’s News First” program from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays also has been canceled.
“There will probably be some local talk elements that will replace the 6 to 9 show that we were doing in the morning,” Worthington said, “but I can’t say what that is yet. There may be other local talk elements later in the day. But those are still to be determined.”
The changes are a business decision after the release of fall 2012 Arbitron ratings, Worthington said. The station finished near the bottom of the pack in the Treasure Valley.
“It was a good product,” Worthington said. “But people weren’t coming to it.”