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Star 94 drops Ray Mariner from Cindy & Ray show

Ray Mariner

On Monday, Star 94 dismissed Ray Mariner of the Cindy & Ray morning show.

He has been taken off the Star 94 website. On his personal Facebook page, Mariner has not commented about his departure but has placed his job at Star 94 in the past tense.

Star 94 Program Director Scott Lindy in a text gave the standard, “I cannot comment on personnel matters.” Mariner, in a text, declined to comment as well. Ditto with Mariner’s agent Norm Schrutt on the phone. Radio silence, as they say.

Evening host Tim Orff, who was the ultimate substitute morning guy when he worked at Dave FM, will join Cindy Simmons in the mornings until a replacement is found, I’m told.


Ray Mariner at the Royal Marshall benefit at the Punchline last year. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Cindy & Ray joined Star 94 in February 2003 as a personality afternoon team, considered an unusual move at the time. They were a hit, giving Star plenty of juice in the afternoon. But with Steve McCoy and Vikki Locke’s audience aging, Star let them go at the end of 2008 and brought in the youthful Indianapolis team called the Morning Mess.  It was indeed a mess and the show lasted only a year. With ratings in a freefall, Star convinced Mariner and Simmons to move to mornings in March, 2009, where they have been anchored for three-plus years.

While their ratings aren’t quite as strong in the mornings, given the competition, they have been a solid performer, which makes this departure certainly quixotic with no explanation. In April, the show ranked sixth overall, 18 to 34 and 25 to 54.

Simmons, 40, who is in her second marriage with Eric Cartell, is currently pregnant after surviving breast cancer. Mariner, 48, remarried last year to Jenny Lucas.

I will update this blog entry if or when I find out why Mariner has been cut loose.

His biography on the site, still in “cache” on Google:

Having grown up in Charlotte, Ray graduated from Appalachian State in Boone, NC. His radio career includes gigs in Charlotte, Cleveland and Orlando. Ray took a break from radio in the 90s and joined Columbia Records. He worked with artists like Aerosmith, Train, Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Ricky Martin and Bruce Springsteen.

Falcons football, Braves baseball and NASCAR are his favorite spectator sports.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

87 comments Add your comment


May 22nd, 2012
11:01 am

Well as a TRG and Bert show listener, this is cool. Maybe Crap 94’s rating will drop more now.

TV Insider

May 22nd, 2012
11:02 am

HATE THIS … Ray Mariner is a VERY hard-working guy and brought a lot of energy to the show. Hope he lands somewhere that his talents can be used most effectively!!!

richard whiskey

May 22nd, 2012
11:04 am

ray you are just getting to old for the young crowd,time to do like jimmy baron and get that door greater job at wal-mart you would be good at that


May 22nd, 2012
11:04 am

Steve McCoy?


May 22nd, 2012
11:18 am

Steve and Ray coming soon to Z93! What a move!

The Chocolate's Melting

May 22nd, 2012
12:10 pm

Ray stunk … and so does Cindy.

Simply amazing how such lack of talent was paid (generously, mind you) for so long.


May 22nd, 2012
12:12 pm

I hope Tim Orff gets the gig permanently. He has prime time experience (mornings) and is bright and funny.

Hank Hill

May 22nd, 2012
12:12 pm

I told you in another post that Ray is now a sales associate of propane and propane accessories at Strickland Propane. The money is better and it’s a more stable profession than working in radio.

Dale Gribble

May 22nd, 2012
12:16 pm

Lincoln Financial is looking to cut costs to make Star 94 more desirable to a potential buyer, such as Clear Channel, Cumulus, or CBS.

Or….there is a CIA conspiracy going on and Ray is now living in seclusion with Elvis, Bigfoot and ET.

Left Star 94 long time ago

May 22nd, 2012
12:21 pm

Now, please get rid of that whining Cindy!!!!

Bullwinkle J. Moose

May 22nd, 2012
12:32 pm

Could Ray be the host of the morning news block on All News 106.7? Similar to what Scott Slade does, but less boring and more traffic reports. Just another thing to make Bullwinkle go hmmm…..


May 22nd, 2012
12:34 pm

His he still dating teenagers?

Burt Show?

May 22nd, 2012
12:39 pm

There’s a lack of talent across the board. As an avid Burt Show fan for over 7 years, I’m starting to turn it off. It’s turned into radio’s version of “The View” for women only. An all-time low hit for me a short while ago when they were doing a tribute to their mothers. I turned it on and it was Jeff Dauler sobbing like a baby on the radio. After about 5 seconds, I turned it to NPR. Much more intertaining and less like a bunch of babies.


May 22nd, 2012
12:51 pm

Ray was fine … it was Cindy who needed to be canned. She is so annoying and when she comes on, I immediately turn the channel. Ugh… she is painful.


May 22nd, 2012
1:04 pm

Hey Jenny (at Star)…since Ray has been kicked to the curb, time for you to do the same with him. I’m here for ya babe!!


May 22nd, 2012
1:05 pm

Sort of like Wendy and Jenn from the Bert Show.


May 22nd, 2012
1:09 pm

Funny how most of the comments that are insulting are written by people who have no idea how to spell! Does that tell you something of their intelligent level? I’ll miss Ray. He and Cindy made a great team. Always listened to them in the afternoon, and then was happy to have them on my radio for my drive in in the morning! My mornings won’t be the same! :~(

Sonny Clusters Sr.

May 22nd, 2012
1:15 pm

I’m surprised there hasn’t been a mention of “The Kimmer” or “Do people still listen to terrestrial radio?” thus far in the comments.

That’s a fun drinking game; load up a radio-related blog and do a shot every time one of those gets mentioned. You’ll be trashed before page 2.

Hey Deb. Learn Grammar

May 22nd, 2012
1:16 pm

Hey Deb, you want to complain about horrible spellings, yet you can’t use proper context of a word.
“Does that tell you something about their intelligent level”

You should have used the word “intelligence”, which apparently you’re the pot is calling the kettle black my friend.


May 22nd, 2012
1:19 pm

Nothing’s been close to Vicki and Steve..nothing. So they screwed up royally…


May 22nd, 2012
1:31 pm


That would be “i-n-t-e-l-l-i-g-e-n-C-E” level. Gah!

So, Rodney...

May 22nd, 2012
1:38 pm

Where is the retraction or update regarding your “scoop” a couple of weeks ago regarding 106.7 becoming a “news talk” format FM station? I have seen and heard nothing further on this, and the station continues its regular format with only a new midday guy and rotating people in the morning…

Rodney Ho

May 22nd, 2012
1:40 pm

The all news station is coming on May 29. It just took a bit longer than expected.


May 22nd, 2012
1:44 pm

Cindy & Orff?

Be afraid… be very afraid.


May 22nd, 2012
1:48 pm

The “Elaine Zittac” school of dullard management lives on. Most people in authority throw their weight around for pointless reasons.
The only reason to fire Ray is if he did something wrong off the school, like wearing mirrors on his shoes if he saw a tattooed female with a skirt in the office.
If he was fired for lack of popularity, the dolt in charge of that decision needs to be fired himself.
Musical chairs, musical chairs. First, the crew at Good Day Atlanta and invariably, the DJs at FM stations around Atlanta.
If there were only a cure for stupidity…


May 22nd, 2012
1:51 pm

I hate it that 106.7 will become a news show. It’s the only station with good music left. LOL, I gues that’s why it is being changed…

Colonel Klink

May 22nd, 2012
1:53 pm

Starting next week on Star 94 it’s the all new Kimmer, Klink, and Cindy Show featuring Sonny Clusters Sr. on Sports!

FORMER Star 94 Listener

May 22nd, 2012
1:54 pm

Hasn’t Ray been doing work for the Braves?

FORMER Star 94 Listener

May 22nd, 2012
1:55 pm

I used to listen to Star 94 all the time, but then I turned 18…

20 years ago.


May 22nd, 2012
2:02 pm

Oh my gosh. Deb, did you really just try to call people out for not being smart and use the WRONG word to do so? “Intelligence” would be the word you are looking for. Wow, that is sad.


May 22nd, 2012
2:05 pm

I thought Ray was on Tuesday morning. Was that the temp guy instead? He sounded like Ray. I hate to hear this. I liked Ray.


May 22nd, 2012
2:05 pm

Just realized Deb made a second mistake in her sentence calling people out for being dumb. She used the word “of” when the correct word there would have been “about.” …”tell you something about their intelligence level” would be correct. You are so worse than dumb.

FORMER Star 94 Listener

May 22nd, 2012
2:13 pm

THE KIMMER needs his own show on Star 94…

or WGST…

or any Atlanta radio station with a broadcast signal greater than WQXI.

FORMER Star 94 Listener

May 22nd, 2012
2:17 pm

Atlanta radio needs an ALL-KIMMER-themed News & Talk Station, specifically for those of us who don’t worship The Kenyan Jive-Talker-in-Chief or think Nancy Pelosi is bang-able.

KIMMER can do a talk show in the afternoon drive-time slot and then do a music program later in the evening as “Johnny Midnight.”


Dr. Ike

May 22nd, 2012
2:32 pm

I remember the old days when Cindy was actually fairly attractive.


May 22nd, 2012
2:45 pm

I am done with this station! Not the first time they have treated good people so badly.


May 22nd, 2012
2:48 pm

I can’t believe we’ve gone this many posts without someone attacking Steak Shapiro.


May 22nd, 2012
2:49 pm

@ Hey Deb – if you are going to criticize someone make sure you don’t make mistakes yourself. It should be, “…you’re the pot calling the kettle black…”, or maybe, “…you’re the pot that is calling the kettle black my friend.” Either way you choose, you have it wrong and you should proofread before you hit the ’submit’ button next time.

FORMER Star 94 Listener

May 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

What do Steak Shapiro’s on-air “performance” and The Wind have in common?


May 22nd, 2012
2:55 pm

Thrilled ORFF is going to be back on mornings! I hope it becomes permanent…best of luck!

Allison Wonderland

May 22nd, 2012
2:56 pm

Morning Mash Up on Sirius Hits 1 is the place to be in the mornings!!! Atlanta Radio is DONE!!

Ned Puddleman

May 22nd, 2012
3:15 pm

None of this changes the fact I have to get up in the morning and go to work to pay taxes and bills. Priorities people.


May 22nd, 2012
3:21 pm

Dear “Burt Show?”, A) It’s Bert and B) maybe you would find them more entertaining if you were capable of spelling the word. Come on people… your computers not have spell check??


May 22nd, 2012
3:27 pm

For fun in the morning, tune in to Stan, Steve, Phil and Maggie on WNIR, followed by Howie at 10:00am


May 22nd, 2012
3:29 pm

I haven’t listened to local radio for over 5 years now that I have Sirius! No commercials, and I don’t have to listen to jerks who think they are funny and intelligent. I don’t miss Star 94 or any of them, for that matter.

Actually, Duh...

May 22nd, 2012
3:29 pm

…when typing on this blog there is no “spell check” that a blogger can us, unless one types their response first in “Word” (or some other format) that does have spell check – DUH…

Actually, bad...

May 22nd, 2012
3:31 pm

…and if you make a mistake with a word, such as the one I made when trying to type “use” and typed “us”, spell check will NOT catch that – DUH…


May 22nd, 2012
3:37 pm

why all these haters? how could you dislike someone so much. come on people

790 Fan

May 22nd, 2012
3:38 pm

All you people with your snarky comments need to get a life. Ray just lost his job. Why do you want to pile on? Just mean spirited, huh?


May 22nd, 2012
3:52 pm

Bring Ray back – loved the show – will not be the same without him. Cindy can’t carry the show without Ray :(