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!!”