Machado will be joined by former 100.7 KFMB-FM midday host Sara Perry, who had been at that station for 17 years through three formats prior to departing last month. This is the fourth station in San Diego that Machado will have hosted mornings at. He spent ten years at iHeartMedia CHR “Channel 93.3” KHTS before moving to sister Hot AC “Star 94.1” KMYI in 2009. He joined “Energy 103.7” in 2012 soon after its flip to CHR.
Machado and Perry will be joined by producer Hula Ramos who returns to AJ’s show after being laid off earlier this year in a budget cut. Ramos had been hosting weekends at Entercom Country 97.3 KSON.
Just as he did at KMYI, Machado replaces Jeff and the Showgram at KYXY. The former Jeff & Jer show was let go from KYXY in late June.
San Diego’s heritage Adult Contemporary radio station, KyXy 96.5 welcomes AJ Machado and Sara Perry as co-hosts of the new AJ Mornings morning show on KyXy 96.5 launching on Monday, August 7. The show will run weekdays from 6:00 to 10:00 AM.
“We’re super excited about this new morning show and have been looking forward to making this announcement,” says Chris Patyk, KyXy 96.5 Program Director. “AJ’s been waking up San Diego for 17 years and counting. The addition of Sara – who has logged nearly the same amount of time on the air – will make the new KyXy morning show an exciting and fresh way for our listeners to start their day.”
Machado commented, “KyXy has been playing great music for San Diego listeners for decades and I’ve been waking up San Diegans for years. It was only a matter of time before we ended up together! I’m looking forward to building something fresh, fun and relatable that the audience can wake up to for years to come!”
AJ Machado previously hosted The AJ Show for the past five years on ENERGY 103.7 – sister station to KyXy 96.5. In 2012, Machado was recognized as “San Diego’s Celebrity Philanthropist of the Year” by the SD Philanthropy Society for his work to support Rady Children’s Hospital via AJ’s Kids Fund. For sixteen years, he has headed efforts to provide toys and other essential items to the hospital’s young patients through the AJ’s Kids Crane event each November. KyXy 96.5 looks forward to continuing AJ’s community outreach efforts this holiday season.
Sara Perry adds, “For me this is the ultimate radio dream job trifecta: Mornings with AJ on KyXy! We can’t wait to wake up with San Diego and hopefully make the drive to work or busy mornings dropping the kids off at school a little brighter!”
Perry was previously Midday personality on San Diego’s KFM-BFM where she began her radio career as an intern with the station 17 years ago.