It's Official: WYAY/Atlanta To Drop Oldies For All News
April 27, 2012 at 6:05 AM (PT)
ATLANTA will get it’s first all-news radio station mid-MAY, as CUMULUS Oldies WYAY will flip formats.
THE ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE reports, "'While the huge ATLANTA radio market already features News/Talk and Sports/Talk stations, it lacks an all-news outlet along the lines of WCBS in NEW YORK CITY, WBBM in CHICAGO or WTOP in WASHINGTON, D.C.,' said JOHN DICKEY, Co-COO for CUMULUS."
"As big a city as we've got and as diverse and cosmopolitan a community, not to have an all-News product creates a huge opportunity," DICKEY said. "It was an easy decision for us to take advantage of it."
"Pop culture, celebrity news and entertainment news has really become news today," DICKEY added. "That has intermixed with hard news to create a different product. Having this format on FM is really the future. We think it is going to be a very successful radio station."
The ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION's RODNEY HO is reporting that new hires for the station include former CNN RADIO staffers GREG BLACK, MARIA BOYNTON, ANDY ROSE, ANDY FLICK, MICHELLE WRIGHT, and JACKIE HOWARD.