UPDATE And The New WNIR Morning Host(s) Are…

UPDATE 10/23/13 9:57 AM: It has been officially announced on WNIR…Chris Fox and Angela Bellios will join the WNIR morning show on Monday.

We presume that Fox is the former WDOK/102.1 afternoon driver who left in 2007. We do know Bellios is the former WKDD/98.1 morning co-host who eventually landed at WHBC-FM/94.1.

In a news story running on WNIR right now, station manager Bill Klaus is quoted as saying Chris and Angela “bring a strong background in Northeast Ohio radio”, and will indeed join news director Phil Ferguson and sports director Steve French on the new show starting Monday…


…we don’t know, yet.

But we’re pretty sure we’re the only local media types who didn’t get an E-mail tonight from WNIR/100.1 station manager Bill Klaus, saying the recipient didn’t get the morning drive gig, or gigs, at the “Talk of Akron”…replacing Stan Piatt…and also, it seems, Maggie Fuller.

At least two auditioners have posted that Klaus said “some long time radio pros” have been hired for the opening(s) that saw a number of both radio pros and comedians heard on WNIR, after Piatt abruptly started retirement a bit early.

Who isn’t in?

So far, we’ve heard on social media from Mike Novak, Chad Zumock, Jeff Blanchard and Sally Ride that they’re on the “didn’t get it” list, and that’s just a start. Another check of our social media accounts will probably reveal more.

The official “sorry” notes from Bill Klaus probably stem from the station’s search for a replacement for iconic late midday host Howie Chizek, where veteran personality Jeff Kinzbach basically had to call out the Ohio State Highway Patrol to confirm that the station no longer needed him to audition, having hired John “Couch Burner” Denning after he spent 25 years on the other end of (330) 673-1234 from Howie.

(Kinzbach, of course, ended up at Rubber City Radio rock WONE/97.5 as its morning host, where no regular caller edged him out of the job.)

So, this item will be updated when we learn the actual names…and from the above, it does appear to be plural, suggesting a return to a four person morning show.

And yes, we’ve confirmed that Novak, who got 5 days worth of auditions alongside incumbent WNIR morning co-hosts Phil Ferguson and Steve French, and a couple of days also with former WKDD/98.1 co-host Angela Bellios, is indeed “Ike the Night Guy”, who left Rubber City Radio country WQMX/94.9 in 2009…


6 Responses to UPDATE And The New WNIR Morning Host(s) Are…

  1. Mark says:

    Just heard Steve say its Chris and Angela. Sounds like a good move on the Kaiser’s part. Now, he should seriously consider moving Jim Isabella to mid-days.

    • lorraine421 says:

      Yes, Jim Isabella should definitely stay. He has so much to offer in politics, the local and national pulse and sports. Well-spoken; witty, down-to-earth. Mid-day would be great.

  2. lorraine421 says:

    What about Jim Isabella?

  3. Norm de Plume says:

    My guess is John Lannigan and Dick Purtan. Yes, they would jump on the chance to co-host a morning show on a 6kw class A rimshot station.

  4. Norm de Plume says:

    Hmmm..what about Herb Jepko or J.P. McCarthy? Oh…they are both deceased.

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