Jack and Ron out at Fun 96.9 due to budget cuts

After 23 years with the same station station cluster, “Jack and Ron” are out, due to budget cuts, the duo announced Friday on their Facebook page.

The duo moved to KQOB (FUN 96.9) in December 2015, just before the station segued from Classic Rock to Classic Hits.

KQOB is owned by Champlin Broadcasting (who also owns and operates  KNAH, 99.7 Hank-FM) but is operated by Cumulus through a local marketing agreement.

The move to KQOB came after a 21-year stay for Jack Elliott and Ron Williams at Hot AC KYIS (98.9 KISS FM). While at KYIS, they also had a stint doing a midday talk show on the late SuperTalk 930 WKY. The duo moved over to KYIS from Oldies KOQL (Kool 102, now KTST 101.9 The Twister) in 1994. They started their morning partnership when the 101.9 frequency was Adult Contemporary KLTE (K-LITE 102).

At the time they moved from KYIS to KQOB, the duo had high hopes for the new station.

“This station  . . . is an opportunity for us to really build around Jack and Ron,” Elliott said in 2015 while announcing the move. “It’s like we’ve got part ownership in this deal.”

KQOB was 11th in the market in the latest ratings with a 2.4 share. The other Cumulus stations don’t subscribe to Nielsen’s ratings.

Before teaming with Williams, Chicago-born Elliott made stops at radio stations in Illinois and Phoenix, Arizona before coming to Oklahoma City’s WKY in 1978.

Williams, an Oklahoma City native has worked in Country, Top 40, Oldies, Urban, AC and hot AC formats.

Joey and Heather to move to KYIS

Replacing Jack and Ron at Cumulus’ KYIS is the “Joey and Heather Morning Show” from down the hall at KKWD (Wild 104.9).

The station made the announcement today on social media. It marks a change in formats for the duo. KKWD is a Rhythmic Contemporary Hits, while KYIS is an older-skewing Hot Adult Contemporary format. However, KYIS has played more contemporary music and more rhythmic leaning songs in recent years.

No changes in format for either station were announced.

Heather Potter joined the station’s first morning show when KKWD signed on in 2000, first with another host, Troy. In 2001, Joey Combs replaced Troy. The show is rounded out by co-host “Nugget.”

Replacing Joey and Heather on KKWD is “Mike on the Mic,” the station’s current midday host.

 

Jack and Ron to move from KYIS to KQOB

Long-running Cumulus Media KYIS (98-9 KISS FM) morning show “Jack and Ron” announced on the air Tuesday morning (Nov. 24) that they would be moving to KQOB (Classic Rock 96.9) starting December 3.

KQOB is owned by Champlin Broadcasting (who also owns and operates  KNAH, 99.7 Hank-FM) but is operated by Cumulus through a local marketing agreement.

The departure ends a 21-year stay for Jack Elliott and Ron Williams at the Hot AC outlet. The duo moved over from Oldies KOQL (Kool 102, now KTST 101.9 The Twister) in 1994. They started their morning partnership when the 101.9 frequency was Adult Contemporary KLTE (K-LITE 102).

When Elliott and Williams make the move to KQOB, the station will flip to Christmas music, Elliott said during the announcement. Whether this signals a new format for the station formerly known as BOB-FM is unknown. During the announcement, neither host referred to KQOB’s current classic rock branding or format.

But the duo expects big things.

“This station  . . . is an opportunity for us to really build around Jack and Ron,” Elliott said. “It’s like we’ve got part ownership in this deal.”

Williams added listeners who enjoyed the duo “about a year-and-a-half ago, two years ago” would like the changes.

“Welcome them back,” Williams. “You’ll see what we’re talking about.”

Before teaming with Williams, Chicago-born Elliott made stops at radio stations in Illinois and Phoenix, Arizona before coming to Oklahoma City’s WKY in 1978.

Williams, an Oklahoma City native has worked in Country, Top 40, Oldies, Urban, AC and hot AC formats.