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Afternoon host Joe Breezy out at Wild 105.7/96.7

Joe Breezy is no longer at Wild 105.7/96.7. CREDIT: handout

Joe Breezy is no longer at Wild 105.7/96.7. CREDIT: handout

Joe Breezy, afternoon host and assistant program director at Wild 105.7/96.7, is out.

The station has been around as Wild for a couple of years after spending a year as the more dance-oriented Groove. Wild has become more hip-hop oriented since sister station Power 96.1 arrived in late August.

Based on the wording of his farewell on his public Facebook page, this was clearly not his decision:

So not to get all facebooky but today was my last day at WiLD in Atlanta.

I’ve been here since the inception of the station and all good things must come to an end and I’m okay with that. I have been lucky enough to have worked with AMAZI
NG people so thank you, thank you THANK YOU!

In radio, there are twists, turns, ups and downs but it’s the people that matter the most and that make it all worthwhile so again thank you to all my co-workers, friends and the people I’ve met during my ATL chapter. I’ll be going home to Cali to hang w/ my family in a few weeks so cheers to whatever the future may hold!!

Later, he added:

Wow! I had no idea how much love and support was going to come my way when I left Wild. It’s amazing how the people I figured would reach out, haven’t and the people that have, are some that I haven’t talked to in years. It’s brought alot of much needed clarity to my world. I just started putting the feelers out there so hopefully I’ll find something sooner than later. Until then, I plan on enjoying the break, and having a ton of fun! Thank you again-you are all awesome!

Via Twitter, he responded to my question asking him what happened. Naturally, he didn’t have a real answer:

My contract ended. That’s all I’m at liberty to say. Best of luck man-I always enjoy reading your blog. Especially the comments lol!

The program director J.B. Wilde was let go a few months ago. The new Power 96.1’s program director Rick Vaughn also oversees Wild.

Breezy’s departure has set off wild speculation that Wild might change format, especially since it might potentially cannibalize, rather than complement, the new Power 96.1, which Clear Channel is pouring millions into marketing and staffing. And there are potential holes in the market for a possible a Dave or Atlanta’s Greatest Hits-type format to return to the FM dial.

Clear Channel is good at keeping format changes under wraps. We’ll have to wait and see.

Mami Chula, Wild’s best-known personality, remains in place at nights.

Shockingly, Joe Breezy is not his real name. It’s David Armbrecht. He has used an even wackier name before on a different radio station: Gringo Suave. Yes, Gringo Suave.

You can read more about him here. A San Diego native, he mostly worked the west coast until he came to Wild.

On Monday, he tweeted at @joebreezyradio: “One-way ticket purchased. Back home to the Bay in 15 days! Yeahhh man!!”

Join my Facebook fan page and Twitter. Oh, and Google +, too!

8 comments Add your comment

Beachbum

November 7th, 2012
9:36 pm

He seems like a nice guy. Radio in the ATL sucks. It would be nice to have another DAVE FM type station, but so far listening to Star94 hasn’t been all that bad. I could do with a bit less P!nk and Katy Perry and Maroon 5 though.

Bobby R

November 8th, 2012
8:49 am

Although I’ve never listened to him and really am not at all familiar w/ his work, I must say based on his name and picture that I am a huge fan of him and will sorely miss him.

You know you live in a sick world when someone called Mami Chula is the ‘crown jewel’ of your radio station.

brian j

November 8th, 2012
9:20 am

Atlanta radio sucks! Bring back DaveFM!

Kaley Fornia

November 8th, 2012
11:36 am

All I can say is THANK YOU LORD FOR SIRIUS XM!!!!

TheLazyComic

November 8th, 2012
12:24 pm

Atlanta radio wreaks of political correctness and corporate greed… and that is why radio in the ATL sucks so bad.

FM Fats

November 8th, 2012
1:26 pm

Kris Starring

November 8th, 2012
3:20 pm

Hmmm, can anyone say Project 9-6-7?

Moses

November 11th, 2012
8:01 pm

Its a small signal but maybe we might get our project back. I don’t get wild here in Carrollton so I will keep my eyes instead of my ears open on any upcoming changes. Thank you Rodney as always for keeping your thumb on the dying pulse of what sadly has become Atlanta radio.