We told you last week that WIBX News Director Stacey Lynn McAdams moved to mornings on sister station WFRG, to fill the morning show co-host position vacated by Annie Croakley. Now, somewhat of a “reverse trade,” as one of Big Frog 104’s part-time jocks temporarily adds news reporting duties for WIBX.
Insiders tell us WFRG’s “Joe Hopper” — known in a past life as B104.7’s “Joe Daniels” — is going by his real name, Anthony Schiavone, when wearing his WIBX hat. He’s helping with reporting and co-anchoring the station’s “5 O’Clock News Block” as Regent searches to fill the WIBX News Director vacancy.
Speaking of which, we’re told WIBX veteran staffer Jeff Monaski is holding down the fort on an interim basis. Our source hinted that Monaski may be interested in getting those ND stripes permanently, but Ops Manager Bill McAdams is still interviewing potential candidates.
In the past, it was unheard of for on-air talent to serve as both jocks and news personnel. But this story, along with WSYR’s occasional use of Y94/Nova jock Rachel Marisay, show that line doesn’t seem to be as “rigid” as it used to be.
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