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After five years, B98.5 ended its relationship with syndicated evening show, Delilah, who has dubbed herself “the Queen of Sappy Love Songs.”

Tony Kidd, Cox Radio Atlanta vice president of programming, said given the station’s more contemporary sound the past few months, Delilah’s softer-leaning show was no longer a fit.

At the same time, her show, which aired from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. near the end of her run, lagged the ratings of most other time slots on the station.

For now, B98.5 will go without a jock during the time slot but is actively looking for a replacement. A syndicated option, Kidd said, is unlikely given the limited options.

Delilah Rene, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, joined the Atlanta airwaves in 1997 on what was then Peach 94.9, a softer version of B98.5. Peach, which became Lite in the early 2000s, was axed in late 2006, and B98.5 picked Delilah’s show up.

For those unfamiliar with her show, she takes requests from fans, frequently those who want to send a dedication out to a loved one or are going through a difficult period in their life. Typically, she’ll pick the song.

In an interview I did in 2008, she said she takes 50 to 100 calls a day but only airs 25, seeking only those that are positive or inspiring. A guy who once dedicated a song to his mistress didn’t make the cut for that reason. Five or six songs an hour are preprogrammed. She picks the other five or six.

You can continue to listen to her on her website, www.delilah.com.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

103 comments Add your comment

So Sad

January 10th, 2012
11:21 am

I’d like the dedicate The Lonesome Loser to Rodney Ho.

Hilton

January 10th, 2012
11:31 am

I always had to change the channel when her show would start.

Pitchy

January 10th, 2012
12:15 pm

I liked her show!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hugh Jass

January 10th, 2012
12:25 pm

Definitely changes for the better. Her show was basically a rehash of the Kasey Kassum “Dear Kasey” letters he would read on air for a long distance dedication. Cheeeeeeezy,

Holden Magroyne

January 10th, 2012
12:37 pm

It was relaxing Saturday night entertainment. She streams live on iheartradio at iheart.com at WBBQ in Augusta.

TheLazyComic

January 10th, 2012
12:49 pm

Cox will run the shift without a jock. THAT… costs money. Get used to radio jukebox. (And even that is better than pukey Delilah) Watch my video on YouTube… about the Anti-Delilah Show.

G5

January 10th, 2012
1:03 pm

YES!! THANK GOD!!!!!!

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Samson

January 10th, 2012
2:07 pm

say its not so

Jules

January 10th, 2012
2:20 pm

thank you!! She was soooo annoying! thank you again for getting rid of that show!

Heather

January 10th, 2012
2:33 pm

I am happy she is gone. Anytime I heard her voice I would cringe and turn the radio ASAP!

Dr. Phil

January 10th, 2012
2:37 pm

I have always felt that her show served as a yardstick for people who need to move past a tragic or traumatic event and go on with their life. Delilah fans, GET A LIFE!!!!!!

bob kneel

January 10th, 2012
2:42 pm

If I were still running Cox I would put Ryan Seacrest in that slot..or just put it in his slot. Either way is fine.

AN

January 10th, 2012
2:48 pm

I listened to her show infrequently, and every time it made me want to watch Sleepless in Seattle…in a good way! I thought the show was good. Good luck to her!

KennesawDave

January 10th, 2012
2:51 pm

Bring back Rebecca Stephens. She was awesome to listen to back in the day.

JERRY

January 10th, 2012
2:54 pm

i liked her show during christmas time thats the only time i liked it

Captain Midnight

January 10th, 2012
3:00 pm

B98.5 is doing their best to go “Urban”. It’s been happening for about a year now. Really noticable during Christmas. Mariah 5 times an hour, Christina butchering the hell out of “Oh holy night”, Whitney with her “that’s mah baybaay” urban yodeling, butcherfest of 5 traditional songs medley.
Just one after another.Just awful. Easy listening is gone in “da atl” yall. RIP.

Taboo

January 10th, 2012
3:00 pm

No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Turned On by Delilah

January 10th, 2012
3:00 pm

As a boy, I remember listening to Delilah in my parents’ car when I was about 10 or so.

Her voice did all sorts of things to my “unmentionable” area that both amazed and confused me as a pre-pubescent lad.

As an adult, I don’t care how old she is or how many times she has been divorced.

Delilah is HOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HENRY

January 10th, 2012
3:02 pm

I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DEDICATION TO OUR SOCIALIST PRESIDENT OBAMA……..NA NA NA NA, NA NA NA NA, HEY HEY HEY, GOOD BYE……….

Ih8LuvSongShows

January 10th, 2012
3:03 pm

Her show was way too sappy. Clearly I am not her target audience. It will be interesting to see what they replace the show with.

XM

January 10th, 2012
3:08 pm

XM……worth EVERY PENNY!!!

My Two Cents

January 10th, 2012
3:10 pm

Her show was sappy but in a good way. I enjoyed listening to the stories and the related songs. Atlanta radio is dead anyway so might as well add this to the pile.

lily

January 10th, 2012
3:15 pm

Oh, Thank goodness she’s gone! I’m sure she’s a very nice person, but her show is so syrupy sweet I can’t stand it. She is so over the top dramatic. Sorry Delilah, though I wish you all the best, you won’t be missed.

Neal Boortz

January 10th, 2012
3:17 pm

Obviously we wouldn’t have had to lose Delilah if it weren’t for all these immigrants and minorities listening to the radio these days. Anyone with a government school education could play those peoples’ music.

Awwww :(

January 10th, 2012
3:17 pm

Her show was sappy, cheesy, and oh so entertaining. She made me laugh more than cry! I’ll miss it a little.

Shakkin

January 10th, 2012
3:18 pm

Eddie $$$ needs a new gig.
I guess her “hits” aren’t shakkin anymore……….

Sean Hannity

January 10th, 2012
3:18 pm

If this socialist president hadn’t allowed the FCC so much control over radio I would be spanking it to Delilah’s voice right now.

Chris Dimino

January 10th, 2012
3:24 pm

I would like to dedicate “I Will Always Love you” to Jackie Robinson.

bmchast

January 10th, 2012
3:27 pm

The only time I would change the station is when she let the caller go on and on. Keep the caller to a 30 second comment & keep Delilah’s comment to 30 seconds and you may have a real deal, then get right to the music, 2 callers & 4 songs in a 30 minute period.

I liked Delilah. Unfortunatley, I only listened when I was on the road traveling.

ha

January 10th, 2012
3:28 pm

Oh no another cheesy milk fart of a show is off the air!

Kathy

January 10th, 2012
3:29 pm

All you people need to get a LIFE! There is nothing in the world wrong with someone doing what they are passionate about. Delilah is good at what she does and I firmly believe that there are countless people out there that she has helped. You people need to stop being so critical, turn your radios to another station if you don’t like her show. I wish her all the best, Jules,Heater and G5, SHAME ON YOU!

Broad Shoulders Guy

January 10th, 2012
3:33 pm

I love a gal who is so wide across the sternum that she has to turn completely to the side and then look back over her shoulder for a photo in order to be in the entire frame without having to use a dolly/crane.
And IIIIIIIIIIIIII-eeh-IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII will alllways l’ove yooouuuuuuuu, Rodney!

GaPeachy

January 10th, 2012
3:53 pm

I have been listening to her for years, gonna really miss her, she has a huge heart. I really hope someone else picks her up. Radio in Atlanta is really sucking these days!!!

delois

January 10th, 2012
3:53 pm

Now if we could just get them to stop running those ads by Boortz’s Belinda on WSB. That woman needs some diction lessons. What a grating voice – even worse than Delilah’s. I love Belinda but not doing radio ads.

Danny O

January 10th, 2012
4:05 pm

I am thrilled that using the scan feature on my radio will no longer put me at risk of hearing this pathetic, vomit-inducing, vanilla programming.

Barry Pendry

January 10th, 2012
4:06 pm

I worked in commercial radio for 27 years….corporate america has ruined radio..thank god for XM…and break up these radio monopolies.

Mike

January 10th, 2012
4:22 pm

Her show is dreadful. I’d always change the channel if I happened to be listening to 98.5 when she came on.

Good luck to her, I guess. *shrugs*

I rarely ever comment

January 10th, 2012
4:29 pm

The song dedication never really themed with the caller’s story, so that part’s really meaningless…but I have to say I will miss her show during Christmas.

Mr. D.

January 10th, 2012
4:31 pm

I always enjoyed Deliliah’s wholesome bantor. Hard to come by these days without leaving secular radio all together. Please bring her back!

Papa Bear

January 10th, 2012
4:42 pm

As long as they don’t touch the 80’s weekend, I couldn’t care who goes or stays. Maybe now they will play some 70’s music.

Highlander

January 10th, 2012
4:48 pm

Normally, if I was driving somewhere at night (and listening to the radio, not a CD or mp3’s), I would avoid B98.5 when she was on.

It’s hard not to sound mean (though not for most folks here, I guess) but her delivery was just too overly dramatic and sugary. So much so that it came across as just an act, not sincere.

Kat

January 10th, 2012
4:50 pm

I didn’t have a chance to listen to the radio much at Christmastime, but I thought that Delilah still played all Christmas music (like 98.5 does during the day) with just a “wintertime” theme. What was so great about that time for those who have posted that they liked it then?

Tiffany

January 10th, 2012
4:51 pm

I will miss Delilah very much-especially during the holidays. I can’t think of a time when she wasn’t on the radio.I wish her the best of luck!

Finally

January 10th, 2012
4:54 pm

I usually only listen to 98.5 durring Christmas and would turn the radio off at 8pm. I never understood why her show played still over the holidays. Looking forward to next Christmas when it will be Xmas music past 8pm!!!!

Finally

January 10th, 2012
4:56 pm

Kat

There was too much talking and not enough Christmas music.

Fun Size

January 10th, 2012
4:56 pm

I’m sure she is a lovely woman but I hated her show, BORING, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Mean People

January 10th, 2012
4:57 pm

Some of you are just mean . . .no wonder there’s so many kids that bully others.

Fun Size

January 10th, 2012
4:59 pm

LOLOLOL @ Herman Cain 3:20 pm!

SBinF

January 10th, 2012
5:02 pm

Sad, sort of. I’ve listened to Delilah since I was in high school. I don’t catch her much now, but when I’m in the car, I do turn her on XM if the timing is right. It’s sappy, but I like it.