Three Long Time Personalities Out At CBS/Phoenix
December 19, 2008 at 5:13 AM (PT)
CBS RADIO/PHOENIX will not renew the contracts of afternoon personalities STU EVANS of Country KMLE (COUNTRY 108) and CAMELBACK JACK of Oldies KOOL (94.5 KOOLFM), ending nearly a two-decade run for both men, reports THE PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL. Their contracts were set to end in about six weeks.
CBS also parted ways with KMLE's seasoned morning man DAVE PRATT as executives look to take the stations in different directions. "DAVE is no longer broadcasting on CAMEL COUNTRY,” said SVP/Market Manager MARK WATERS. In NOVEMBER, PRATT, known as the "Morning Mayor" to legions of fans, released his autobiography, "Behind the Mic: 30 Years in Radio." A new morning team will replace PRATT, and an announcement is expected soon, WATERS said.
JEFF WEST, a former night-time personality, will fill in the afternoon slot vacated by EVANS, who worked more than 18 years at CAMEL COUNTRY.
On KOOL, the afternoon slot will by filled STEVE GODDARD, who joined the station JUNE 1st and usually is heard weekdays from 9a-3p. CAMELBACK JACK has been a household name at KOOL for more than 17 years.
Although the format will remain the same on both stations -- country on KMLE and greatest hits on KOOL -- programming will be more music intensive, WATERS said.