Cuts Continue at Warner Bros. Labels

Staff cuts continue at Warner Bros.’ complex of country music labels, the home of artists such as Faith Hill, Dwight Yoakam and John Michael Montgomery. These reductions proceed both from a drop in country record sales and from the merger of AOL and Time Warner and its attendant belt-tightening. Some staffers have left under an early retirement plan, while others have simply been dropped. Among the latest rumored exits are record promoters Stan Byrd, Lee Durham and Lisa Strickland, late of the already truncated Asylum Records staff. Calls to Warner Bros. to confirm these departures were not returned. Warner Bros. senior vice presidents Bob Saporiti and Bill Mayne have reportedly taken early retirement, as have West Coast regional promotion manager Bruce Adelman and Atlantic Records’ vice president of A&R, Al Cooley.