Changes at iHeartRadio stations in Kingston

Back in November at least 5 staff at Kingston’s 98.3 Fly FM were let go. All the on-air shows were quickly replaced mostly by out of town voicetrackers. The ones that were let go were morning show co-host/news anchor Susan Amos, program director Jacquie Beckett, midday host/music director Lindsey Young and two sales reps.

When that happened it lead to speculation that a format change was in the works. Well, January 21 comes and there were changes made. The entire on-air lineup of sister station 98.9 The Drive became the new on-air lineup at Fly FM. The on-air lineup at 98.3 Fly FM is the morning show of Reid & Ben in the Morning followed by At Work with Rebecca Fryer, and then Afternoons with Riley, followed by Brittany on Fly and then to round it out, on air with Ryan Seacrest.

So now it seems that there might be a format change on the horizon over at The Drive. Personally, I don’t think a format change will happen. I suspect they will rebrand. My guess is that they would follow the example of sister station from Windsor, 89X. In 2017 they blew out all of there staff and brought in a new lineup. The two articles we posted about it are here and here. At that time the station was still called 89X, so there was no name change, just a new lineup.

I listened to the station for a few hours on Monday evening and I noticed that while running with no on-air talent there are a lot of inconsistencies. During a 45 minute stretch of non-stop music and they played commercials. They advertised the 90’s at 9, where they play 9 essential 90’s songs everyday at 9 am and 9 pm and this evening at 9 pm there was no 90’s at 9 even though they advertised it.

As this story develops we will keep you updated.

Published on January 21, 2019 at 11:55 pm by Brian Cook

Comments

January 22, 2019 - 10:15 am

Don

“All the on-air shows were quickly replaced mostly by out of town voicetrackers”

This is untrue. There were no out of market VTs.

Also, there was absolutely no speculation that the station was about to change formats; they’re #1 in the market.


January 22, 2019 - 10:31 am

Brian Cook

I had been told by several people that most of the replacement fly FM staff came from out of town. I had also been told from multiple people that the purpose of the layoffs there were for a future format change. All my information did come from people within iHeartRadio


January 22, 2019 - 8:01 pm

Don

The replacement staff after the layoffs were:

Mornings: Riley Jabour (From The Drive)
Middays: Brittany (The PD)
Drive: Rebecca (From The Drive)
Evenings: Ryan Seacrest

A format change at this station would have made zero sense, and anyone at iHeart who claimed otherwise were not in any position to say so.


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