Veteran radio exec and on-air personality Mike Allen (a.k.a. the “Rock Doc”) announced this week that he’ll be leaving his job as operations director at rock stations the Bridge at 105.5 FM and station 98 Rock for a position at WWNU the Palm 92.1 FM a new Triple-A station in Columbia.
“It’s been eleven and a half years of fun and work here in Charleston,” Allen stated in post on the Bridge’s Facebook page this week. “While I’ll miss my friends and this lovely city that I’ve come to love, the challenge of putting on a station like the Bridge in a new city calls. I’ve always valued your time and attention, and I’ve thanked you everyday for it. It applies now. Thank you for listening.”
An Atlanta native, Allen has worked in FM radio for years in the Carolinas. He started working at WYBB 98.1 FM and WCOO 105.5 FM in 2000. Both stations are part of the Lexington, Ky.-based LM Communications family. Allen oversaw format changed in both stations over the years. Fri. June 29 will be his last day at the Bridge at 105.5 and 98 Rock. He starts his new gig next week. "Mike in the Morning" will be a weekday morning show at the Palm 92.1.
Morgen (a.k.a. Mary Katherine was recently hired by Clear Channels’ Fox 99.7 FM (WRFX), a classic rock station in the Charlotte market. She says she’ll continue doing voice-over work for Q104.5 in addition to her new duties.
The Atlanta-based company purchased Citadel Broadcasting in September, and word came in last week that Cumulus started downsizing across the board. Citadel Broadcasting used to boast on the Z93 Jamz webpage that “the station is anchored with the Da Breakfuss Club.” On Nov. 30, news broke that the company had parted ways with Z93 Jamz’s popular morning show Da Breakfuss Club, a top-rated morning radio show that had been running for 12 years straight.
Cumulus Media elbowed veteran talk show host Rocky D off the air at 1250 WTMA last week as well.
An announcement from the hosts Tessa and Baby J and producer Natty Heavy (a.k.a. Nate Lopes) on the show’s Facebook page read, “Family, fans, and friends effective today, Da Breakfuss Club with Tessa and Baby J will no longer be a part of your morning routine due to corporate downsizing. We regret that we were not afforded the opportunity to say our goodbyes as we feel that is what you deserve after supporting us for the past 12 years. With you, we have laughed, cried, joked, and argued. We will never forget you.” Visit z93jamz.com for updates.
WTMA's Radio Free Rocky D, one of station's two locally- produced political talk shows, ran for 10 years in the midday slot. His recent time slot — weekdays from 12-3 p.m. — has been filled with an extra hour of Neal Boortz and two hours of Clark Howard. All references of Rocky and the show have been deleted from the station's website (wtma.com).
Bolt was best known by local listeners as the host of the Tom Bolt Show, a daily morning show that aired weekdays from 6-10 a.m. on 98X (now 98Rock), part of LM Communications.
“Tom Bolt came back to the business that he cared about just after 9/11, when he told me that he needed to be back on the air,” remembers Mike Allen, operations manager at 98 Rock. “He worked weekends and nights, and worked his way from that to the morning show. He was an entertainer that will be missed in Charleston.”
Most recently, Bolt did production work and voice-overs for Kirkman Broadcasting, home of local AM stations 1340 The Boardwalk and 1450 Fox Sports.
“Tom was a very talented individual,” John Dixon, production director of 1340 The Boardwalk, said this week. “His stroke from a few years back had given him a set of regrets about the way he had lived his life, and it made him a very soulful individual.”
Ted Byrne, the operations manager at Kirkman Broadcasting, added, “Bolt was a talent in many ways. His creative writing ability of imaging and commercials was excellent. He was at home in the production studio as well bringing to life the words he had placed on paper. Even though Thomas had only been with Kirkman Broadcasting a short time, he had become a valuable member of the staff. We all respected his professional ability ,his wit, his charm, and most of all his smile He was grateful to be alive and working. And we were grateful for him. He will be missed.”
A memorial service for Bolt will be held at 6 p.m. on Fri. Aug. 5 at Parks Funeral Home Chapel.
Due to increased demand from the Lowcountry geographic fringe, country music has replaced former urban station 92.5 The Box (previously known as B-92 WIHB, "Charleston's Hottest Music"). WIHB 92.5 FM is now Kickin’ Country, moved down from its previous 95.9 FM slot. Kickin’ Country’s replacement will be revealed later this month.
Also changing on Apex Broadcasting will be the sports station. WSPO 99.3 and 1390 AM have replaced the Sporting News with Fox Sports as their source of all things athletic.