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3/23: Cindy & Ray debut today on Star 94, Ryan Seacrest moves to late afternoon slot

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.

22 comments Add your comment


March 23rd, 2009
8:38 am

I’ll stick with Steve & Vikki in the morning.


March 23rd, 2009
9:38 am

I was BORED with what I heard of the show this morning. I said I was going to listen on the first day and give them a chance but I found myself turning back to the Bert Show. Not good Cindy and Ray! I figured that they would revamp and add some things but it seemed like they were doing the same show that they did in the afternoons, just at a different time!


March 23rd, 2009
10:51 am

I didn’t like Cindy and Ray in the afternoon so I KNOW I want listen to them in the morning. I have changed to the Bert Show permanently since Steve and Vikki left.


March 23rd, 2009
11:36 am

I like Cindy and Ray! When I heard they were moving to the morning I decided to make the switch from the Bert Show back to Star 94 in the morning. Got very tired of the Bert Show being so judgemental of everyone. They seem to think they have the answer to everything and that traffic girl Wendy annoys me! I am definitely ready for a lighter and more fun ride to work in the morning. Welcome to the morning Cindy & Ray!


March 23rd, 2009
12:20 pm

Have to chuckle every time Cindy says \”…ya know I\’m siiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnggggggggggllllllllllleeee…\” That ain\’t what we heard toots! Not happy that Trip West is gone, that was a BIG mistake.


March 23rd, 2009
1:42 pm

Rob Stadler always sounds great, too … but where is the traffic information. If the station wants us to listen all morning, we need TRAFFIC info, too!!!

What happened to AC?

March 23rd, 2009
2:38 pm

What happened to AC?

I never liked Cindy and Ray, but I have nothing against them. However, I’ll stick with the Bert Show. What’s wrong with Wendy?

Samantha Sugar

March 23rd, 2009
3:00 pm

Where’s Rhubarb???? All morning radio is bad. Putting Steve and Vickie back on was a start for improving it. Now, if we can just get Rhubarb Jones back on the air, morning drive time might not be so boring.

Jeff Wheeler

March 23rd, 2009
5:46 pm

Great job Cindy &Ray… ignore the rest of the negative comments…they’re from the typical RO HO “groupie” losers!

Satisfied Customer

March 23rd, 2009
6:30 pm

I thought it was great, too…I don’t know what some people here were expecting. C&R did a great show in the afternoons, and I thought this morning’s show was at least as good as any. I was glad to hear them kind of laugh at themselves and not try and act like they had been a morning show all along. They seem like nice people and I hope they don’t make the mistake other morning shows have made and take themselves too seriously. Best of luck, you guys.

nice work

March 23rd, 2009
8:27 pm

I thought the show was great. I’ve listened to 94.1 for years and it was nice to have the Star that I remember back on the air in the morning. The mess were so cynical – so opposite from what Steve & Vikki were. I enjoy the way Cindy & Ray present themselves and I’m happy to be able to listen and not have to worry about my kids hearing something that would embarrass me. Nice job!

Memory Alpha

March 23rd, 2009
9:11 pm

Funny, about making fun of “two-timing” morning jocks. Very first guy I ever heard do that was Gary McKee, on the old WQXI AM/FM-94.1, about 32 years ago.

Bert Show Fan

March 24th, 2009
7:09 am

Don’t get me started on what is wrong with Wendy on the Bert Show.

Christopher Cook

March 24th, 2009
7:39 am

Top 40 radio morning shows will do the most inane things, apart from playing sucky music.


March 24th, 2009
2:14 pm

Wendy is what turned me against the Bert Show! To do some of the stuff she does and then turn around a judge others – not good!


March 25th, 2009
2:39 pm

They were okay in the afternoon because the lack of energy helped wind down the day, was a bit relaxing, etc. so that the traffic wouldn’t bug you…but in the morning, they lack energy, and the valley girl attitude given by Cindy is just annoying. She isn’t 25 anymore! The show seems to be mostly promos and underhanded remarks about the Bert Show. The Bert Show has its bad moments, but the time change isn’t enough of a good reason for Cindy and Ray to be so horrible. Star94 would get more ratings in the morning if they played more music. Being able to switch between the Bert Show and the music was a nice time, but I can’t even listen to five minutes of Cindy & Ray. They should have stayed in the afternoon. Bad move on their part.

I will listen to the Bert Show and NPR – but steer clear of Star 94. They aren’t as bad as Steve and Vicki, but their show is just awkward…the formula doesn’t work as well as it did in the afternoons. Now, the afternoon radio sucks. :(


March 27th, 2009
4:54 pm


Care Ring

March 27th, 2009
5:16 pm

Cindy and Ray can’t Competet with the Bert Show. In fact, no one in Atlanta Radio can and until the stations and the General Manaegers wake up and grow a pair and somehow try to break up the bert show, all of the other stations will keep getting their butts handed to them. Its starting to get sad that the other stations can’t read ratings.


March 28th, 2009
1:43 am

Never have been impressed with Cindy and Ray. No offense guys, I am sure you are great people… but I loved Wendy – she was the best thing the show had going for them. Now – with Spoon and that new girl – I feel like I am listeing in on conversations in a middle school locker room! Seriously, grow up!
I think I could go for Ray and Wendy! Get rid of the rest (DEAD WOOD!)

no more star

April 1st, 2009
3:16 pm

This show sucks. They had the best show in Atlanta with the Morning Mess but fired them. C&R were bad enough in the afternoon but I can’t stomach them first thing in the morning. Star 94 bring back the Morning Mess.

What happened to AC?

April 1st, 2009
7:19 pm

Wendy is just fine. They say she sounds desperate, but is actually enjoyable.
I liked the Morning Mess and Tripp West and those are there mistakes. I tolerated C&R in the afternoon because it was something to listen to. They just can’t compete with the Bert Show though.

Best Show Would Have All the Bert Show people, Ray Mariner, Marco Orem, and Steve and Vikki.


May 2nd, 2009
6:40 pm

Loved your show in the afternoon. Love the show even more in the morning. Keep on rocking Cindy and Ray