It's Official: Valentine Joins Foxx On KYSR; Lozano Chosen For Afternoons At KIIS
January 9, 2007 at 12:19 PM (PT)
As first reported on ALL ACCESS (NET NEWS 1/8), longtime CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 KIIS/LOS ANGELES afternoon drive host SEAN VALENTINE will move over to Hot AC sister KYSR (STAR 98.7) to join station veteran LISA FOXX in the morning drive slot (5:30-10a).
VALENTINE spent the last 10 years at 102.7 KIIS-FM, including the last eight as host of the afternoon drive shift. He also hosts the syndicated morning radio show "VALENTINE In The Morning," heard in 15 cities including CLEVELAND and CINCINNATI. Prior to LOS ANGELES, VALENTINE had top-rated shows in BOSTON and DALLAS.
CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO Market President GREG ASHLOCK comments, "VALENTINE is a proven performer with huge successes in morning and afternoon drive. FOXX is synonymous with the STAR brand. We’re convinced that the chemistry between the two of them will result in a very compelling and entertaining show."
VALENTINE weighs in by saying, "I’m leaving one great family to join another great family down the hall. It’s always been my dream to do mornings in L.A. radio -- I’ll just have to wake up. I’m very excited -- please tune in. LISA and I can’t wait."
LISA FOXX said, "Wow! What an exciting start to 2007. With 10 of the best years of my life being invested in this radio station and the people who love it, I’m thrilled at the idea of waking up with everyone and putting an even bigger spotlight on the STAR artists we have helped put on the map! 'STAR Lounges' in the morning? Fantastic! And I couldn’t be happier to be teamed up with my very talented and handsome friend VALENTINE. Morning radio in L.A., here we come."
Meanwhile, Across The Hall...
And as if that wasn't enough excitement at CC/L.A., KIIS turned around and announced that the station’s weekend personality and afternoon drive host at KHTS/SAN DIEGO, BOY TOY JESSE LOZANO, will take over afternoon drive at KIIS. LOZANO has been in SAN DIEGO for the past seven years and at KIIS on the weekends for the past three.
"There are now two things in my life that have shown me what awesome things can happen when you make sacrifices for something you love," says JESSE. "The first is my beautiful 4-year-old daughter, who gives me wonderful things every single day. This gig at KIIS is the second. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity. Jocks all over the country dream of and prepare for this chance, and I am so excited to be here."
"VALENTINE has spent the last 10 years at KIIS-FM and has consistently won top-rank positioning in afternoon drive," states CLEAR CHANNEL VP/Programming LOS ANGELES and KIIS PD JOHN IVEY. "It’s hard to let a talent like VAL go, but he is realizing his goal to do a morning show in LOS ANGELES, so we are all very supportive of this move for him. JESSE is inheriting the #1 afternoon drive show in LOS ANGELES, so you can imagine the confidence we have in his knowledge of the format and his ability to keep us on top. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for JESSE, and we know he’s up to the task."