Saturday, December 3, 2011

Cumulus ditches Da Breakfuss Club and Rocky D

Cumulus Media issued layoffs for two popular local shows

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Sat, Dec 3, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Da Breakfuss Club team
It looks like Cumulus Media, the second largest owner of radio stations in the country, went on a little firing spree last week.

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).

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