99X PD Fram Exits; Q100 To 99.7; New Format For 100.5
January 11, 2008 at 3:35 PM (PT)
ALL ACCESS has learned that CUMULUS Alternative WNNX (99X)/ATLANTA PD and original morning co-host LESLIE FRAM and JENNERS are leaving as well as midday personality STEVE CRAIG.
CUMULUS co-COO JOHN DICKEY told ALL ACCESS, "Additionally, 99X is moving to the Internet as a stream, and will be an HD2 channel to 99.7. This will be a new and more updated approach to the format as it lives between an Internet brand and visual brand. And, LESLIE may be part of this new venture, or stay on in another capacity.
"Also, Q100 and the BERT SHOW are moving to 99.7 and there will be a new brand launched shortly on 100.5," added DICKEY. He wouldn't confirm what the new brand would be at this time -- nor would any other source.
Concerning that new brand, there is heavy speculation that former crosstown LINCOLN Top 40 WSTR morning duo STEVE & VIKKI would be joining 100.5. Earlier rumors of former WKLS (96 ROCK) morning team REGULAR GUYS appear to speculative in nature at this time.
As soon as the dust settles on this speculation, look for details on ALL ACCESS.
On a separate note, CUMULUS SVP/Programming JAN JEFFRIES told ALL ACCESS, "WYOY (Y101)/JACKSON PD/afternooner JOHN O'LEARY (aka JOHNNY O) will be joining CUMULUS at Q100/ATLANTA as APD/MD/afternoons effective JANUARY 28th. I have worked with JOHN previously while consulting his station when he was the ripe old of 19. A decade later, it is great to renew our association. Q100 PD ROB ROBERTS and I knew from moment one that JOHNNY was the clear choice for this coveted position at one of AMERICA's great radio stations.
"This announcement coincides with other major programming announcements regarding Q100 this week to be made public to the radio audience on MONDAY (1/14)," concluded JEFFRIES.