Allyson Turner out as co-anchor on WFLA radio's AM Tampa Bay show
Allyson Turner has been let go as co-anchor on WFLA-AM's popular morning radio show AM Tampa Bay, less than a year after she was hired to join longtime local personalities Tedd Webb and Jack Harris.
Turner previously worked mostly behind the scenes as a producer; after her debut some fans groused online that she seemed intimidated and overpowered by her older partners. A Clear Channel Radio executive would only say that the hire didn't work out and they plan to replace her as soon as possible.
"The chemistry just wasn't there," said Dan DiLoreto, outgoing Tampa market manager for Clear Channel, who retires from the company Jan. 3. "we're moving on."
It likely didn't help Turner that the executive who hired her, R.C. Bauer, left his job at WFLA in the spring, replaced by Minneapolis transplant Steve Versnick. Turner's departure was the most visible among several staff reductions implemented last week, which saw members of the accounting staff and a longtime receptionist laid off.
All this was implemented even as staffers were introduced to DiLoreto's replacement, Sam Nein, who officially starts Jan. 1. He comes to Tampa from Orlando, where he serves as director of sales for Clear Channel's stations there. the company owns eight outlets in the Tampa market, including WFLA, WBTP-FM (The Beat), WDAE-AM (The Sports Animal), WFLZ-FM (93.3-FLZ), WFUS-FM (US 103.5), WHNZ-AM (Impact Radio), WMTX-FM (Mix 100.7) and WXTB-FM (98Rock).