American University President Benjamin Ladner decided to remove WAMU Executive Director Susan Clampitt after several private conversations with station employees, the Washington Post reports. Ladner said Clampitt’s problems ran much deeper than a few disgruntled staff members, which Clampitt said explained certain frustrations.

WAMU Executive Director Susan Clampitt was forced out of her job today by American University President Benjamin Ladner. Clampitt had been heavily criticized for her handling of the station’s finances since taking charge in 2000. Ladner named his chief of staff, David Taylor, to oversee the station during the search for Clampitt’s replacement. Earlier Current coverage of the charges against the ousted e.d.

The University of Connecticut’s winning women’s basketball team has renewed a contract for Connecticut PTV to handle local broadcats of its games for five more years. The annual fee paid by CPTV for 17 or more games will rise from $600,000 to $1 million by the 2007-08 season.

Monday, Nov. 3 is National Traffic Directors Day, organized (of course) by Traffic Directors Guild of America. The guild is suggesting that bosses treat each TD and a guest to dinner on a tradeout deal with a nice restaurant. The guild is also compiling a salary survey for release in January, adding TV stations. Last year, 1,500 radio stations participated in the survey, the guild said.

USA Today profiles StoryCorps, the new oral history project from Sound Portraits Productions. “It’s history, bottom-up,” says Studs Terkel. [Current article.]

On the Media’s Bob Garfield calls Terry Gross’s talk with Bill O’Reilly “an uncharacteristically ham-fisted hatchet job.” But he concedes, “[I]f I were face to face with him, it would be hard for me to resist what Gross could not resist.” (Via Romenesko.)

A Washington Post reader decries WAMU’s decision to drop bluegrass, while another supports the changes General Manager Susan Clampitt has made.

Technology analysts predict that Tivo will soon be eclipsed by the DVR-ready set-top boxes offered by cable companies, reports the New York Times.

New Hampshire Public Radio and Iowa’s KUNI/KHKE have started a weblog devoted to 2004 election coverage.