After 27 Years -- John Bell Exits Z100
March 22, 2010 at 7:57 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WHTZ (Z100)/NEW YORK PD SHARON DASTUR surprised the business this morning with the announcement that longtime morning fixture JOHN BELL is exiting the station as of TODAY (3/22).
Wrote DASTUR, "After 27 years with Z100, JOHN BELL has announced this morning that he's leaving the morning show to start the next chapter of his life. There are some things that he's always wanted pursue, and he told me that now that he doesn't have to wake up everyday at 3:30a, it will allow him to take them on.
"As you all know, JOHN has been the cornerstone of the morning show and the 'Voice of Reason' since the station first signed on in 1983, and we can't begin to thank him for all that he's done and all he's meant to the Z100 family and the Z100 listeners.
"It's been such an honor working with JOHN all these years, and want to wish him the absolute best in everything that he does."
There were hearfelt words during BELL's last minutes on the air. BELL said on air, "I hope all of you will remain a part of my life. There’s no way I can express to all of you how grateful I am for what you’ve given me, and the support and respect you’ve shown me and the opportunities you’ve given me to make an idiot of myself. It has been an incredible ride and I’ve enjoyed every single minute of it."
Morning host ELVIS DURAN said, "We’re family on this show, so it’s going to be really weird not having JOHN BELL here. But I know he will be in all our lives in more ways than one and for that, I’m grateful."