Vancouver’s Z95.3 Changes its Morning Show

Crosby McWilliam, the program director at Vancouver’s Z 95.3, used the station’s Facebook page to explain what’s happening.

As you are a part of our Z family, I need to share the news with you that yesterday was Leslie, Scooter and Producer Jaclyn’s last day on Z Mornings on Z95.3.

This is tough news to share, because Leslie, Scooter, and Jaclyn are great friends and wonderful people, and we wish them nothing but the best in the future.

Embarking on change is difficult, but it is important that you hear about it directly from me. If you would like to discuss this with me, my email is [email protected]

In the coming weeks, we will have news to share about the future of Z Mornings, and I hope you’ll be excited about what we have in store for you.
– Crosby
Program Director – Z95.3

Published on March 4, 2020 at 5:30 pm by Turn Table3


March 5, 2020 - 7:33 am


i think you are making a big mistake loved those three, I’m not impressed with the new guy, might have to find another station to listen to we will see

March 5, 2020 - 8:50 am


Why Z would can it’s morning show people, when they are miles ahead of any CHR competition in the market defies logic. Shooting themselves in the foot again.

March 5, 2020 - 2:46 pm


changes had to happen as I’m sure many listeners will agree.

March 5, 2020 - 5:18 pm


Loved the show – not loving the corporate greed

March 6, 2020 - 1:05 pm


Bad decision! Looked forward to their show on the way to work each morning and you think this Adam guy is better? I think you’ve just lost a lot of your morning followers!

March 6, 2020 - 9:49 pm


Loved the show, really made my morning commute that much better. Immediately switched stations. Too bad.

March 7, 2020 - 12:25 pm


This station and 104.3 are badly mismanaged. 95.3 was a lot better when they had more request hours and regular listen-take-control segments. Now it’s programming from the top down with the same 90’s songs month after month along with the top-40 songs that replay every two hours.

As for the morning show? Meh. Too much trivial talk for my liking. If you’re going to be heavy on the talk, do it like 103.5 with a balance on being informative and being fun.

But we don’t know what goes on behind the scenes. For all we know, the station couldn’t come to an agreement on a new contract for these folks. Anyhow, I’m sure they’ll find work at another station soon enough.

March 9, 2020 - 7:28 am


After trying the new format for a week, I have to say that the morning show on Z is boring, and frankly, I’m not sure that this Adam guy isn’t bored as well. Time to find a morning show that doesn’t put me back to sleep 🙁

March 9, 2020 - 8:35 am


You should fire Sutto too. He is not funny and really annoying; and he always starts talking before the song has ended or will talk while the song is starting. His knowledge of music in general is lacking.

Lyrical conversations is the dumbest thing. Please get rid of him.

March 9, 2020 - 11:15 am


I would have gotten rid of Vanessa first, way too opinionated and finds fault in everything, Sutto should have a more upbeat partner. I liked the morning show on my way to work, too bad.

March 9, 2020 - 12:01 pm

larry fine

Kid Carson returns–March 30th.

March 10, 2020 - 6:20 am


I have changed stations, new guy doesnt have personality

March 10, 2020 - 6:27 am

Steve K

I really enjoyed Leslie and Scooter starting my day. Interesting and upbeat. It feels like they were let go without having a solid plan on how to move forward without them….now it’s a boring placeholder.

March 10, 2020 - 8:04 am


I have to say that I haven’t bothered to listen to your morning porgram since you let go of Leslie, Jaclyn and Scooter. I thought maybe they were all on vacation at first – until a community FB page had morning commuters complaining that you fired the crew. It actually was a lot of people complaining. Everyone misses them. We all have flipped the chanel. Anyway, I’m truly hoping that you are not bring back Kid Carson. Oh gosh. The way he treated his last co host and the way she quit…I just never want to hear his voice again. I celebrated the last time he lost his job. But, in the end – I guess it doesn’t matter since I deleted your station from my radio and I guess I just won’t be reprogramming it back in. Sigh.

March 10, 2020 - 8:12 am


You’ve taken the station from bad to worse with Adam, he is boring and doesn’t know how to keep the listeners engaged. Switching to Virgin, sorry guys you blew it.

March 10, 2020 - 10:22 am


Kid Carson back in three weeks? Interesting. I can’t recall the history at Z95.3, but I know he alienated a lot of listeners at 94,5 and 104.9.

But I’ll keep an open mind. Maybe 5 years hiatus is 5 years of maturity. I wouldn’t bet on that, but you never know…

March 10, 2020 - 12:03 pm

AL Wagner

Very disappointed. The morning show is like dead air now, nothing interesting, no laughs on my way to work. You need to do better!!!!

March 10, 2020 - 2:15 pm


With Kid Carson at the helm I’ll give it a year before they announce changed to the morning show again

March 11, 2020 - 6:35 am

Michael R.

Well said Kay. Sutto is so in love with his own voice he can’t out of his own way to allow the music or anyone to shine. Ego check badly in need.

March 11, 2020 - 7:22 am


Morning show is so dull now, you lost one of your best programs by losing Leslie, Scootee and Jaclyn. Honestly Sutto should have been first to go.

March 11, 2020 - 10:44 am

Andrea B.

I’ve stopped listening to your morning show with these changes. Sadly, it was the main one I listened to. I find the show content to be very lack luster now and the new host is very dull, no offense. Maybe he’s better for another time slot, but not the morning show when we’re already half asleep and trying to wake up. You guys also need to play more music, especially in the morning and not keep playing the top five songs you’re getting incentives on. There’s lots of great musicians out there that you could be incorporating.

March 11, 2020 - 11:21 am


I have been listening to the morning show it is terrible. I now just switch to 730 AM might as well it way more exciting. I agree with Kay on Lyrical conversations is the dumbest thing. I miss Leslie and Scooter bring them back. I will need to go to another station for my morning music here soon for there is nothing uplifting now in the show. Sorry, but it is the truth. This was a wrong move to let them go. Reminds me of CFOX when they let Larry & Willy go and they went to CKLG-FM (JACK-FM) . I stopped listening to CFOX and off to JACK FM I went I guess now I will have to check out the other stations. Hmmmmm I wonder where Scooter and Leslie will end up!

March 11, 2020 - 2:21 pm

Sutto @ Z95.3

Wow. Thanks for the well wishes of unemployment everyone! Geez.
Radio can be a tough business as you know. We’re just here trying to provide an entertaining and fun local Vancouver show on the drive home. You can’t please everyone and you won’t like some stuff we do – but we’re here and we’re trying our best.
You’re not forced to listen and there are plenty of other hardworking and intelligent people providing great radio in Vancouver. I wouldn’t wish unemployment on them or anyone else.
In saying that, feel free to send us an email anytime – good or bad:
[email protected]
I’d love to hear from you. It’s a show made in Vancouver for Vancouver.
Also Lyrical Conversations are 3mins worth of the show each week… it’s gets crazy good feedback mostly. It’s much shorter than a commercial break, but if you don’t like it you have choices. We all do.
Thanks so much for listening either way. I love radio and Vancouver passionately.

March 11, 2020 - 11:03 pm


I enjoy listening to Sutto and Vanessa. Honestly I only listen to 95.3 when they are on. The lyrical conversation is great.
You can’t please everyone in this world. People need to be less critical, give more kindness to one another. Being on the radio I would find to be a hard job to do.
Sutto and Vanessa you are great at your job, thank you for making me laugh and smile on the way from work. 😃

March 12, 2020 - 6:13 am

Rob Smith

Sutto, you tell them. The level of maturity of some of these people commenting is not of Rhodes Scholar material. I thought for sure Sutto was going to replace the morning show. I lost a bet. Some of Zs listeners are saying ‘we will never listen to you again’. Then why is it so hard to get through on their phone lines. To be very honest with, I dont think we will see the old morning show staff working in this market again. Management always has talented people waiting to replace shows that are struggling. Once I heard a station had a list of thirty five people ready to go to host any program on the station.

March 12, 2020 - 7:36 am

anna-marie mainse

super disappointed I thoroughly enjoyed Scooter Leslie and Jaclyn not thrilled at all

what the hell you didn’t even properly handle their exit you keep in mind how a good team make all the difference to listeners

I am giving Adam a try but I am sure this impacts how he is welcomed

March 12, 2020 - 9:21 am

Magic Mike

I liked Leslie…not so much Scooter.

Kid’s return will yield a high-listener base in the beginning…it’s his to lose (again) – if his ego gets in the way come contract-time/renegotiations!

March 12, 2020 - 10:05 am


There have been more changes to this morning team than any other station I have listened to. You start to invest in these people and then they are gone.

I will no longer invest my time in supporting a station that doesn’t value its people. Whether some of hosts have left on their own accord or were fired, this reflects a really toxic work environment and a terrible employer.

I’ve liked Kid in the past but found him sensitive and immature. Let’s hope he has grown up and can take a joke.

March 12, 2020 - 10:33 am

Ivan Wangsaseputra

I haven’t been listening to Z Mornings since they let Leslie and Scooter in the Morning . I would say its very bad. they made my day. They will have no one listening too Z Mornings.

March 12, 2020 - 2:15 pm


I have to say I am super disappointed, this was a station I could listen to with my kids with our long drive to school. This was a show that we all enjoyed. I can’t say the same anymore. This new guy has no personality and It feels like he was just picked up off the street.

Also, 2 guys? Way to eliminate half the population you are trying to reach. We are looking for a new station.

March 12, 2020 - 10:45 pm


Noooo! Such a bad idea, I will miss those 3 on the drive to work. It’s no longer a station I listen to which is unfortunate.

March 13, 2020 - 9:32 am


Well I am personally excited for this change. I listened to Kid Carson for years and couldn’t stand the annoying chick who co hosted with him, which led to him leaving radio for a while. I didn’t mind Jaclyn and the crew, but sorry to say, they weren’t as intriguing as Kid. I think a lot of people on this list forget how good Kid was. It’s been a while since anyone has heard him on air, I listened to his pod cast with his new co host and they were great. I’m excited for this change, It sucks people unfortunately get laid off from radio, but it can happens with job and as broadcasting companies sometimes need to up their game. Once again, I think this was a good move on Z.

March 13, 2020 - 9:36 am


I miss the morning show, when I got to work I a few giggles under my belt, and ready to take on my day. Not getting it these days😩

March 13, 2020 - 9:41 am


I miss the morning show, I enjoyed listening to them on my way to work. I had a few good giggles under my belt, made the day easier to get it going 😩

March 13, 2020 - 1:54 pm


I am an old doll that found my happy spot in the morning with the “young-uns” Scooter and Leslie (Jacklyn too)…I got to listen and learn about the newer music…I got to learn and listen to their discussions from a younger generations’ perspective. 5:45 every morning. I have been trying to figure out where they all went. Now I know thanks to an internet search . We, the avid listeners were the last to know!! Disappointing how cut throat this was, sad that it was the best morning show I could find. I will be respectful enough to let you now I have switched stations – effective immediately – you don’t have to do a search to find out what happened to me. Thank you Scooter and Leslie for making my mornings something to look forward to with a lot of chuckles along the way.

March 13, 2020 - 8:59 pm


Disappointed that you fired Leslie scooter and jaclyn, I found them entertaining and have switched channels to something else now.

No idea what they did, but it must have been really bad.

March 13, 2020 - 9:20 pm


I never feel compelled to reply to this type of thing as it’s so easy to elicit mostly negative responses but I truly think this was a poor choice. The new host sounds bored and both voices are very monotone, even they sound uninterested. I was first hoping it was just a holiday coverage. Miss the lively banter and laughter that was perfect for the morning commute. Sadly I’ll be listening to a different station after hoping things would improve.

March 14, 2020 - 7:07 am


I loved listening to their banter as well and will miss hearing their voices in the morning. I am curious if they are working somewhere else? If so, is that something you would share with your listeners as Im sure we might light to wish them well wherever they are. It mustnt be a great feeling to be let go like that!

March 15, 2020 - 1:02 pm


Well z953 lost another listener
Because of the mismanagement
Lelise and scooter even Jacylen
Were great. So I whiched tunes up
Because Adam is a annoying and
Management sucks

March 19, 2020 - 6:43 pm


The best move ever to recruit Kid Carson for your radio show. This is going to be amazing show , He is great and original. We need someone like him back on the air.
Thank you !!!!!!

March 25, 2020 - 12:52 pm

Sara Jackson

Why is it that you get rid of the great announcers. Like when you got rid of Nat and Drew now you get rid of your top 3 announcers that played off of each other so great. You’re blowing your ratings!! Guess you got rid of Zac too??
Why don’t you get rid of your night announcers, their show sucks big time, worse show ever!!!
Bring the morning crew back!!!! They know to have fun with their listeners. Or maybe the radio station needs new management

March 28, 2020 - 7:13 pm


Crosby McWilliam needs to be fired along with Simone they both are killing both stations the Breeze and Z95 3 Kid Carson big mistake the company is making. I switched from the Breeze now we will now stop listening to Z95 3 Stingray Music you needs to see what your managers are doing they are driving listeners away from both your stations in Vancouver. Fire them both and your General Manager needs to be fired and now

March 30, 2020 - 4:59 pm

Ann Russo

Thank you . Scooter was soooo annoying

March 31, 2020 - 5:50 am

Jodie Morgan

Disappointed, I really liked listening to Leslie & Scooter & producer Jacqueline made a great third. The morning show doesn’t have the same vibe & I’m tired of all the changes so I stopped listening. I do, however, still enjoy Sutto & Vanessa in the afternoons.

March 31, 2020 - 6:56 am


I agree, the new morning show is boring -I changed it as they went on and on about nothing and it was not funny. A different time slot would be better as I don’t wish anybody unemployment. Bring back Leslie and Scooter!!! Higher energy and more fun!!

March 31, 2020 - 11:48 pm


The manager Devon and the Program Manager both from Z95 3 and the Breeze need to be fired. I now hate Z95.3 as the New Guy Kid sucks big time. He was fired once before from Z95 3 and Fired from Rogers. The music sucks big time on bother there stations. I hope Sting Ray does something about these guys in Richmond head Quarters
If you love oldies like LG was before I suggest 91 7 Coast FM great music or Jack FM I am dissapointed in Devon. He has no customer service what so ever. if he did he would listen

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