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Star 94 picks up new late night host: former Dave FM’s Tim Orff

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After a long search, Star 94 has found its newest late-night DJ in its existing stable of jocks: Tim Orff.

Orff, who worked several years on Dave FM as a night and morning host, joined Star 94 earlier this year doing fill-in work on weekends.

“We hired Orff as a part-time DJ a few months ago and within a few weeks it became evident that he’s a perfect fit for the sound of Star 94,” said Program Director Scott Lindy in a press release.  “Orff understands our target audience, has a monster work ethic and will help Star 94 on-air and many other areas of our operation.”

Star 94 has been on a major upswing since Lindy took over last fall and is now pulling in its best ratings in years.

He starts tonight from 7 p.m. to midnight. Star’s two primary competitors, B98.5 and Q100, use syndicated jocks at night: B98.5 has Delilah and Q100 has Billy Bush.

Orff replaces Darik Kristofer, who left in March after three years and quickly found an afternoon job in Washington D.C. at Fresh 94.7, which is very similar to Star 94.

I had been doing a lot of freelance work around town since I was let go from Dave, mostly video editing for internet news, but for the most part, I was trying to get back on the air as soon as possible.

Orff said he’s been trying to get back on air ever since he was let go in mid-2009. “My first priority was to stay in Atlanta,” he wrote to me via Facebook. “It’s my home and it’s where I love to be. There were talks with a couple of other radio stations around town that did not come into fruition but it didn’t stop me from trying to attain my goal of getting back on the air. I also had some talks with a couple of stations in San Francisco, but those didn’t pan out.”

Going without a steady gig for two years was a financial struggle but he made it through, he said: “Had to give up a lot of guilty pleasures, but I made it through with a ton of help from my fiancée and family.”

His goals for the show, he said, are simple: “Show up, deliver and make radio as enjoyable as possible for the listener. Atlanta has a very unique listenership that I think separates it from other big markets and that’s what I love about the town. Star94 is a heritage station and has always brought excellent music and content to the city…I look forward to continuing that and making the experience for the listener the best it can be.”

Rachel Logan, who had filled in the past few months, will return to part-time/fill-in duty.

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

22 comments Add your comment

Andi Levine

September 7th, 2011
12:44 pm

Yea Tim!!!! So happy to have ya back on the Atl airwaves!!!

joe

September 7th, 2011
12:53 pm

Can you please recreate the flying turkey promotion?

Joy

September 7th, 2011
12:56 pm

Yay Orff! I’ve missed you so. Although I’m not a Star 94 listener and I don’t listen to Dave anymore either, I still know who you are and am so dang happy for you. Just think, back on the air full-time just in time for football season. Congrats to you and your trivia knowing heart!

Marshall Stacks

September 7th, 2011
12:57 pm

I’d like to listen to support Orff; he has a great work ethic and I preferred him on Dave for the morning shift instead of the the 99X reunion they have now.

But I just can’t listen to Star 94…

Good luck, Orff!

Sage of Bluesland

September 7th, 2011
1:03 pm

Derek Jeter?

The Annoying Voices of Joel Matlin, Brad Nitz, Belinda Skelton and Tom Shane

September 7th, 2011
1:10 pm

there are still deejays? are they volunteers?

Jim

September 7th, 2011
1:33 pm

I quit listening to Dave FM in the mornings as soon as Orff left. Glad to see he is back on the air. Congrats Tim!

The Big Jablonski

September 7th, 2011
1:37 pm

Glad you are back on the air.

DAVE FM Sucks.

Vince Hughes

September 7th, 2011
2:04 pm

All the Hughes’ are glad to hear you’re back.

Chris

September 7th, 2011
2:39 pm

Still kinda looks like his brother.

The Big Jablonski

September 7th, 2011
2:45 pm

His older brother is good lookin!!!!!

Kasey Kasem

September 7th, 2011
3:47 pm

Atlanta radio SUCKS !

Same old tunes over and over and over and over and over ….

JimBo

September 7th, 2011
3:57 pm

It’s about @#%*&! time. Orff is very upbeat, which is a rarity on the radio now-a-days. I think he will do very well in this time slot. Delilah is boring and Q100 sucks. Scott Lindy has done an amazing job at Star 94. Good music. Although I am not crazy about Cindy and Ray, the station has definately improved.

Radio Listener

September 7th, 2011
4:15 pm

Kasey, Unfortunately Atlanta Radio is much like Atlanta’s sports teams. Neither one has a very strong loyaly base (unlike New York or Chicago). Just as the players make up the teams, so do the on-air personalities help shape a station. I think that is what has happened @ Star 94. They seem to be getting it right. Orff will be a contributor to that success. I would like to see him in the morning slot, eventually. I have started to listen to Star 94 again.

Billy Ray

September 7th, 2011
4:18 pm

You go Orff!! Kick some nighttime butt. You are the best. This has been a paid endorsement. HA.

3 count Mickin Chini, Medium Coke (light ice)

September 7th, 2011
5:12 pm

Could have sworn I saw Orff eating pancakes at IHOP a few weeks back. Almost asked for his autograph but didn’t want to bother him while eating. Now I regret not asking! I’ll have to stalk him at some event and see if I can sneak a signature or something. He was funny on Dave with that Denzil character, but they ditched him to continue the path of being the former Morning X cemetery. Good job Orff! Kick some tail!

Walken on Sunshine

September 7th, 2011
10:37 pm

I mean, one minute I’m like “Where’s Orff?” Then, Bing… Bang… Boom! WOW

Kevin

September 7th, 2011
11:47 pm

aww orf is cool and all but i’m gonna kinda miss Rachel Logan,but alas I guess she’s not star94’s style

TheLazyComic

September 8th, 2011
4:18 am

Can’t we shove Delilah off of a cliff somewhere? Here sappy crap makes me wanna hurl.

Sheesh Arneesh

September 8th, 2011
9:19 am

Good for Orff. Nights on Star are going to be sweesh.

JimBo

September 12th, 2011
10:22 am

Started listening to Orff in the evening. Great start. He is very energetic. Show will get better and better with age. I would really like to see him on in the morning drive-time slot.

so falcons

September 13th, 2011
10:38 am

What happens now when they run a falcons show on monday nights now? Does Orff board op?