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Star 94’s Cindy Simmons signs new contract; new co-host Jimmy Alexander joining her this week

Cindy Simmons' new sidekick Jimmy Alexander will be joining her later his week on Star 94. CREDIT: Star 94

Cindy Simmons' new sidekick Jimmy Alexander will be joining her later his week on Star 94. CREDIT: Star 94

Star 94 morning host Cindy Simmons, who recently returned from a brief maternity leave, has signed a new multi-year contract with the station, according to her agent Norm Schrutt.

Simmons, who now has two daughters, has been with Star 94 for eight years, the past three-plus years hosting mornings. She worked with Ray Mariner until May, when he was dismissed with no explanation. (I still have no explanation. In a poll I posted earlier this month, 69 percent of respondents say they miss Ray.)

Her new co host Jimmy Alexander, who is also represented by Schrutt, will be joining her on air later this week. Monday was his first official day in the office. Alexander was a sidekick at a top 40 station in Washington D.C. (I’m trying to get an interview with Alexander, whose contract length is the same as Simmons, in hopes that they stay as a duo for a long period of time.)

Schrutt, a former radio executive who at one time ran Kicks 101.5, also represents John Kincade, Mara Davis, the 2 Live Stews and Cadillac Jack, to name a few.

Cindy’s show slipped in ratings over the summer after Mariner left, but the station as a whole took a bit of a ratings hit over the summer so it’s unclear if there is a direct correlation.

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34 comments Add your comment

Bobby R

November 27th, 2012
11:00 am

Bring back Ray Mariner. Seriously.

Lee

November 27th, 2012
11:04 am

I do miss Ray. They had great chemistry.

Chloe

November 27th, 2012
11:34 am

I like/miss Ray Mariner , It’s crazy that no one knows what happened to him.

Who Cares

November 27th, 2012
11:41 am

Is Cindy still a drunk? Has she been caught anymore DUI? Her and ray were about as bad as Steve and Fat Vicki.

Sheree

November 27th, 2012
11:45 am

They let go of the wrong co-host. I don’t know how Cindy got on the air in the first place.

Steaky Cha Cha

November 27th, 2012
11:57 am

I heard Cadillac Jack is the father of Cindy’s child. Is this true?

Dwight Schrutt

November 27th, 2012
12:03 pm

I’m very proud of my brother Norm. Once this radio fad goes aways, he’ll be welcome back on the beet farm.

Wink

November 27th, 2012
12:29 pm

Congrats Cindy. Ray must have done something VERY bad to have been let go.

JBoo

November 27th, 2012
1:08 pm

It amazes me that anyone can stand listening to this woman. How is she staying on the air, much less, getting a multi-year contract?????

woodrow

November 27th, 2012
1:35 pm

What happened to Ray? Surely somebody knows. Was he a sex offender or something? I’m imagining the worst case scenarios here. He pulled a Sandusky?

Big Randy

November 27th, 2012
1:49 pm

Is there a pic that shows her from the waist down? Always see these pics of her face and wondering what else she’s working with.

K-Ster

November 27th, 2012
2:05 pm

Cindy is sleazy or airhead-ish like The Bert Show women (and Bert himself). I’m glad she’s staying on air. BUT! The fact that Star 94 and/or Ray haven’t felt the need to explain his exit makes me feel like either/or care little for dedicated listeners. Regardless, I think the new host will mesh in well, but why didn’t they put Producer Casey as co-host? HE’s AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

K-Ster

November 27th, 2012
2:05 pm

Oops Cindy *ISN’T* sleazy (I meant to say)

Joel-n-ATL

November 27th, 2012
2:28 pm

I’m looking forward to Jimmy coming to the Atlanta airwaves. Bert @ Q100 was whining about Jimmy accepting the offer with a competitor since they’re friends. Also, Jenn Hobby is leaving the Bert show on December 7. I’ll be turning my dial to Star 94 to hear what these guys have to say. Q100/Bert’s year may end in a vapor. Let the challenge of the airwaves begin!!

Big John

November 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

I’m with you, Big Randy.

Ccat

November 27th, 2012
4:55 pm

HER VOICE IS SOOOOOO IRRITATING/ANNOYING. I’d rather hear nails on a damn chalkboard!!!!!

NoMoreRawDeal

November 27th, 2012
6:21 pm

Irritating hosts, par for the course with these Cumulus stations. Their stations suck, but then pretty much all Atlanta stations suck nowadays.

B C

November 27th, 2012
7:27 pm

I would take ANYONE over Ray. He was SO ANNOYING. He constantly fought on-air with callers and if he didn’t want Cindy to talk, he would just start screaming over her voice. Wonder if him and his “college girlfriend” are still together or did she get wise??? l really like Cindy AND Vicki by themselves on the air!

CantonJoe

November 27th, 2012
7:48 pm

I know it’s probably a rude question to ask, but I am curious – how much does an Atlanta on-air personality make a year? I know a Morning Jock will earn more than other dayparts, but does anyone have a basic idea?

Link

November 27th, 2012
7:58 pm

Cindy is absolutely horrible. Everytime she speaks, I turn the station. And the crap with Lily singing was atrocious as well. Bad move Star 94.

jackass

November 27th, 2012
8:39 pm

dont look for ratings to go up shes sleeping with the boss kelp her job poor boss i can do better then her

Atlanta Radio Insider

November 27th, 2012
9:03 pm

Fetus Breath

November 27th, 2012
9:39 pm

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Fetus Breath

November 27th, 2012
9:41 pm

Her face reminds me of a horse

Wes

November 27th, 2012
11:22 pm

It is a shame that so many sick people post vulgar and hateful comments here. I am glad for Cindy and look forward to hearing her new co-host. I liked Ray as well, but we do not know what he did to get fired, so leave it at that.

Lisa and Curious

November 28th, 2012
2:18 am

She sounds like she has a wad of phlegm in her throat all of the time. It’s irritating as hell. I keep yelling “Clear your damn throat woman!” the whole broadcast!

mj

November 28th, 2012
8:24 am

Oh no. More blah blah blah about her kids, more blah blah blah about her wonderful husband, more of her hawking any and every product that will pay her. I hate Atlanta radio.

Tami

November 28th, 2012
8:53 am

Bring back Ray, he was the best of the morning show – Cindy is okay, but Ray is so much better! Big Mistake Star 94

rj

November 28th, 2012
9:05 am

Whoa-stop with the nasty comments. The girl battled divorce and cancer. She’s totally gorgeous and has a warm, wonderful personality. Cindy deserves happiness. It’s very easy to criticize from the peanut gallery, ay?

Tracey

November 28th, 2012
10:30 am

I personally love to hear Cindy in the moring. She seems so happy and upbeat and I love Lily’s little theater.

Jimbo

November 28th, 2012
11:33 am

Once again, Star 94 chooses to overlook the talent they have within. Orff (Tim Orff) was briefly on in the morning slot with Cindy, and he did a great job. Too bad. Another opportunity lost.

Daniel

November 28th, 2012
5:29 pm

@CantonJoe — Tough to say, as they aren’t making as much as they were a decade ago (at least many are not). I’m guessing Cindy it getting in the $200-300K range, more with commercials and live appearances. Bert Weiss of Q100 reportedly makes over $700K since he is on multiple stations, and he may now be the highest paid jock in ATL (since Steve left Star 94). Of course, these folks work very hard and are very fortunate to have made it to a major market. Many good jocks can work their entire career and never make over $50K. It’s a very tough business. Few people can do their job, though many think they can.

Doug

November 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

Anyone know what Cindy’s butt looks like?

Mon-Ken

November 29th, 2012
11:23 pm

Yea, no offense Jimmy, but bring Ray back. The whole show quit feeling right after ray left. Something is missing . The commraderie is gone, everything feels forced.
I hate the morning mom panel and the Jessica shops and the car pool comics. Give me a break. Snd the celebrity gossip is the same stuff we already read on yahoo the day before. Why act like its new and YOU discovered it? And enough with the darned Ovation Cell Therapy and the laser hair removal sheesh!!! Every show is like a rerun. And yet I still tune in because I really despise all the other tacky Howard Stern (bullying, shocking, nasty) type morning shows. and play some different songs for heavens sakes. I’ve heard all the Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Taylor swift, etc. I can stand. Put in some variety please. The same 30 songs or so really get old.