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Meet new Project morning co-host Klinger

Klinger at Clear Channel Atlanta headquarters Feb.  15, 2011. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Klinger at Clear Channel Atlanta headquarters Feb. 15, 2011. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Josh Klinger joined Shaffee last October as a new co-host on the Project 9-6-1 morning show. I met Klinger for the first time last week. Though Project currently airs a “more music” morning show, which underperforms the rest of the station, Klinger hopes over time, they’ll be able to expand it into more of a show.

“Tighten it up, then build it up,” he said. “We’re in our infant stages. It’s a long-term prospect. They’re committed to that.”

Here are some basics about Klinger, who worked several years in Jacksonville:

Atlanta ties: He grew up here, graduating Roswell High School in 1989 and Georgia State University in 1994 with a broadcast journalism degree. “I know Atlanta almost like the back of my hand. I know everything about the city. My parents live here. I’ve been visiting regularly for years.”

99X days: He got his first job in radio at 99X back when the station was taking off in the mid-1990s. He did overnights and weekend fill in for a year. Then PD Leslie Fram said the chances of him getting a full-time gig without more experience were near nil. She recommended he go to a smaller market and seek a full time job and build up his chops.  He followed her advice, working in Daytona Beach for three years, then 12 years in Jacksonville until  the rock station there switched formats and he lost his job.

Project isn’t his only job: he does an afternoon pre-taped show that airs in 60 markets. He also does a show on XM’s top40 station and a morning show in Sarasota, Fla.

His style: “My personality is completely opposite of Shaffee’s.  His delivery is different.”

Mornings: “I’ve been doing afternoons most of my career. I’m totally up for the challenge of mornings. I did not move here to not work my a** off.”

Favorite music:Godsmack. Metallica. Shinedown is from Jacksonville. I’m friends with those guys.”

Nightlife: “I live in the Old Fourth Ward. I wanted to step off the grid and live in the city. I go to the Masquerade. The Albert. The Righteous Room. Fellini’s. La Fonda.  I love that part of town. It’s so easy to get on a bike and go.”

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

17 comments Add your comment

Sebastian Bagby

February 22nd, 2011
10:49 pm

Is Project 9-sucks-1 still on the air?

newsBoy

February 22nd, 2011
11:54 pm

i like project once in a while when i feel the rage inside me risin’ up. what i would love is for cumulus to please take that tired ol 99x off the air. maybe put a light rock true AC on instead.

Dilly Dally Dolly

February 23rd, 2011
8:09 am

Four words: HAIR CLUB FOR MEN

Dontavius Supremo

February 23rd, 2011
8:47 am

Isn’t he kinda old to be sporting that brand of t-shirt?

1911A1

February 23rd, 2011
1:45 pm

Finally got that Section 8 and lost the dresses, eh?

JD

February 23rd, 2011
1:56 pm

I remember when he was on Album 88. He was their best DJ ever, and that is not a backhanded compliment. Doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s been successful.

John Leard

February 23rd, 2011
5:00 pm

BoneCrusher & Carl Reedy want to know when you will be buying the next round? OY!

Miles

February 24th, 2011
10:29 am

Project 9 6 1 is awful. I hate all the old rock they play mixed in with current radio hits. There needs to be a good rock station in Atlanta like XM/Siruis’s Octane.

O4W City Dweller

February 24th, 2011
10:44 am

He’s seriously sexy! I hope to run into him here in the O4W. Sounds like a great guy!

Holly Highdue

February 24th, 2011
12:17 pm

I’m thrilled to see Klinger takin’ on Atlanta – they are lucky to have him! All the best – Jax misses your A**!

Father McFingerdiddle

February 24th, 2011
12:35 pm

Klinger rocks! A great addition to Project. If only they would get rid of Shaffee…

Dave

February 24th, 2011
1:39 pm

John Leard? Is this the same Leard that was #1 afternoon jock in J-ville in 1984? Are you still relevant?

ItsMe

February 24th, 2011
1:48 pm

Project would be good if they would expand their playlist beyond the same 5 songs over and over and over and over and over and over and over…

Rule .303

February 24th, 2011
2:49 pm

We all know about how bad the River is, but a typical rotation, by group, for 961, Rock 100, 99X and Dave is something like this:
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Off Spring, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains – Wash, Rinse Repeat.

The Man

February 25th, 2011
11:31 am

to: dilly,dally,dolly> LOSE SOME WEIGHT, LARDASS!

Elliot Garcia

February 25th, 2011
3:56 pm

He defintely has a face for radio!

Chasey

February 26th, 2011
10:17 am

Cue the awesome music! Me. Love. Klinger. Long. Time!!