Star 94 does its latest shuffle, with afternoon show Cindy & Ray moving to mornings today. The syndicated Ryan Seacrest show, which had been airing from noon to 3 p.m. for a few weeks will now move to Cindy & Ray’s former slot. With Tripp West gone, who will replace him in the mid-day slot is up in the air.
The first interviews are at 6:40 a.m. with a gal Deanna Hamilton who received $80,000 instead of $8 on her debit card from East Andrews from a bartender named Danny. She gave it right back so the bar gave her a big thank you party last Friday. Danny came into the studio wearing a T-shirt, “80 Grand Dan.”
Part of the incentive for listeners: the show is giving away $1,000 by calling out someone’s name and they have to call back. (Not coincidentally, rivals the Bert Show over on Q100 is doing its own very similar $1,000 giveaway.)
I missed the 5:30 a.m. opener, catching the show at 5:40 a.m. and listened until 7:40 a.m. The pair don’t really reference the move from that point on until about 6:35 a.m. when Ray Mariner remarks quickly, “This is definitely different.” Cindy Simmons then perkily responds, “I love it!” Waking up at 3 a.m.? Not a lot of morning hosts love that part of the job, that’s for sure, but this is the first day.
Mariner made fun of morning DJs who say “6:55, five minutes before 7,” as if people need to know the time twice. (Frank Ski is guilty of this.)
At 7:08 a.m., they take their first calls from listeners where they ask two guys about their first-date do’s and don’ts. It’s pretty generic and neither guy is all that interesting.
In honor of the film “I Love You Man,” at 7:25 a.m., a listener got a friend to get another guy friend to say “I love you.” “You’re weirding me out, man,” the target said at one point. “You okay?” But he eventually relents and says it.
Cindy gets the advertisers: she promotes both Outback Steakhouse and Associated Credit Union.
The station used to play its top songs 60 to 70 times a week or once every two or three hours. But it appears the top songs are now being played every 80 minutes to two hours. For instance, Star played The All-American Rejects’ “Gives You Hell” at 5:41 a.m and 7:01 a.m., a gap of just one hour and 20 minutes. (The song was also played at 3:32 a.m. and 1:58 a.m.). I also heard Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” twice in less than two hours.