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Kicks’ jock Bill Celler leaves on-air job

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Bill Celler, who has been with country station Kicks 101.5 since the mid-1980s, yesterday told listeners he was leaving his on-air disc jockey position for a management job.

His boss Paul O’Malley told me this morning that Celler will be overseeing the Kicks and True Oldies Web sites.

Tim Michaels, who had been doing nights for Kicks the past year, will take over the 3 to 7 p.m. slot starting today.

“This gives Bill a chance to expand his career into a growing area,” O’Malley said. “He’ll be doing updates on air about our digital content. You’ll still hear his voice daily on Kicks.”

Rhubarb Jones, who was morning host at sister country station Eagle before Citadel turned it into an oldies station in early 2008, said Celler on air always sounded like “a trusted friend.”

“I’m shocked they’d take him off the air,” said Jones, who now teaches media management at Kennesaw State University. “He didn’t have a lot of flash but you could listen to him on the air and not worry about turning the radio up or down when he was doing a voice break.”

But he also knew Celler to be a computer specialist so this move does marry his skills with his interests.

Steve Mitchell, another long-time jock at Eagle, echoed Rhubarb’s sentiments. “He’s a trooper,” said Mitchell, who does voice-over and production work. “Kudos to him. He’s a dying breed, someone who has stayed at the same station for more than 20 years. He was a good, solid, by-the-numbers jock. He delivered a well-rounded show every day. He wasn’t hilarious but he was entertaining.”

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Viewer

January 5th, 2010
11:13 am

Rodney, have you heard any word when NBC Dateline is going to do another one of those child predator programs? They were with Chris Hanson, and they used to air a bunch of them.

Rodney Ho

January 5th, 2010
11:21 am

NBC cancelled the predator specials in late 2008. I’m not sure if or when it’s coming back.

list-ner

January 5th, 2010
11:26 am

Bill is great a person and a very talented broadcaster, kudos for him taking the initiative to pick up skills to keep him viable for years to come.

D Montez

January 5th, 2010
11:36 am

Bill Celler had a great run. Not many people are able to have a sucessful run at the same station for 20+ years. Citadel also saved a bundle I’m sure – Bill Celler was probably making close to $150K (as he should) and the new kid will likely not crack $42K

Tony

January 5th, 2010
1:17 pm

Rodney,

Who will take over Michaels’ position at night? Kim Fitz?

Chase

January 5th, 2010
3:38 pm

Actually, being a PM drive slot, regardless of base salary, Tim Michaels should do quite well with a full schedule of endorsements and remotes. I wish him well!

e+mc2

January 5th, 2010
9:33 pm

kicks is finally starting to sound good again.

doobeedoo

January 6th, 2010
10:44 am

Seriously Bill is so 20 years ago. He isn’t friendly with the listeners and does a bad job at remotes. He was lucky to have this job as long as he did.