Clear Channel Entertainment quitting Twin Cities?

class=img_thumbleft>"Most of the independent promoters and club bookers in town were careful not to applaud too loudly over Clear Channel's downsizing," reports Chris Riemenschneider in today's Star Tribune, "since about 10 people lost their jobs locally. 'I didn't like dealing with Clear Channel the company, but I usually liked the people who worked for it,' said promoter Sue McLean. However, McLean and many other concert promoters nationwide have blamed Clear Channel for 'over-bidding' on bands--i.e. offering them more money, which in turn drove up ticket prices." The layoff comes as Clear Channels concert-booking arm prepares to spin off from its radio arm, and 11 months after Rich Best, who helped create the local office, was promoted by Clear Channel to join its Avalon Attractions in L.A. More discussion here and background here and here . See also Clear Channel's official site and .

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