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.