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Murph Dawg & CJ find syndicated radio jobs

Murph and CJ

Though they lost their gigs last month when 95.5/The Beat on the FM dial became a news/talk simulcast, morning hosts Murph Dawg & CJ Simpson have landed on their feet – as syndicated morning hosts.

According to CJ’s  Twitter feed this morning,  as of  Sept. 23 the pair will be heard on WHZT-FM/Hot 98.1 in Spartanburg, S.C., WHTI-FM/Hot 100.9 in Richmond, Va., WPUP-FM/Power 100.1 in Athens and  www.955thebeat.com. It will also be available on the HD-2 channel on 97.1 for folks with HD radios.

As CJ noted on her Twitter page:

Like I said before…”WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES ANOTHER ONE OPENS!” Thank you Lord for my BLESSINGS

In an interview this morning, Lee Cagle, who had run the Beat for several years (and didn’t lose his job last month because he also ran B98.5), said his bosses wanted to keep Murph Dawg & CJ by placing them on other Cox radio stations in a syndication deal.

Naturally, he loved the idea and was assigned to oversee it. The show will have more content, Cagle said, than the Beat version, and the pair will have a producer for the first time.

Murph Dawg, who spent today doing a ghost show with CJ to learn the time clock for syndication, said he appreciates the fact Cox considers him a valuable asset. He has worked for Cox for nine years at two different stations. He and CJ will work in the same studio they did when they were at the Beat and will continue to make appearances in Atlanta. CJ, for instance, will remain the in-game announcer at the Atlanta Dream women’s basketball games.

And the Athens station overlapped with the Beat coverage area so a decent percentage of their fans will continue to be able to hear them on the FM dial.

Cagle also said former Beat jocks Maverick and Mami Chula are in talks to join former rival station 105.7/The Groove, which is a bit more pop than the Beat was but plays plenty of the same artists.

The Groove, as of this week, has dropped virtually all its 1970s and 1980s cuts and is barely playing anything before 2000. In other words, it has converted almost completely to a current-based dance-pop-hip-hop station to fill the gap that was left by the Beat.

Cox last month ended the Beat after 11 years and placed its news/talk AM property in a simulcast with 95.5, thus the name 750 AM and now 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

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13 comments Add your comment

Carolinatigr

September 17th, 2010
11:28 am

Glad to see them get their jobs back– I’ve listened to Murph since he was at Hot 98.1- years ago!

NickInAtl

September 17th, 2010
12:42 pm

CJ is hot- even hotter than her HOT 95 days

Greg30052

September 17th, 2010
1:04 pm

If the groove dropped the 80s from their playlist, I’ll drop them. By playing older and newer mixed, they could target a larger demograhic and as a mid 30s, a demograhic that has careers, not jobs, completed education and is out in the world day in and day out. I’d think the stations supporters want career people money, not just broke starving college people money.

Jeremy

September 17th, 2010
2:25 pm

CJ is hotter than hot and quite talented as well.

The Squirt Show

September 17th, 2010
6:01 pm

I wonder if they will still pretend to be urban on their new gigs.

Vod Kanockers

September 17th, 2010
8:09 pm

He looks like a dork and she looks like a street walker in that photo.

Po Po

September 18th, 2010
7:16 am

They’re both nice people and I hope this gig works out for them.

pj

September 18th, 2010
10:06 pm

Will they have to learn to speak English for this gig?

Me

September 20th, 2010
12:29 am

Beyond unlistenable (if that is even a word!). Both of them.

Booger Sandwich

September 20th, 2010
10:35 am

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Booger Sandwich

September 20th, 2010
10:35 am

Lackluster and boring comes to mind.

light

September 21st, 2010
11:46 am

Let God will be done thru this blog http://lightoftheearth.blogspot.com/

Kal

September 22nd, 2010
12:25 pm

Remember who owns Groove 105.7 . They own WGST,WBUL, WLGL, WKLS and a couple of other area stations. That 8000 pound monster known as Clear Channel.