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Jayde Donovan Joins WPLJ For Mornings

95.5 WPLJ New York Jayde Donovan Todd Pettengill Cooper Lawrence Hot 101.5 WPOI Tampa95.5 WPLJ New York is relaunching its morning show yet again.

Jayde Donovan will join the station as co-host of “Todd and Jayde (In the Morning)”. Donovan joins WPLJ from Cox CHR “Hot 101.5” WPOI Tampa where she hosted “Hot Mornings with Jayde”. In addition to multiple television jobs, Donovan began her career co-hosting mornings at “XL106.7” WXXL Orlando.

WPLJ had just relaunched its morning show in February when Scott Shannon exited and then joined Classic Hits 101.1 WCBS-FM. Todd Pettengill moved up to lead “The Todd Show”. Exiting with the addition of Donovan is co-host Cooper Lawrence and Production Director Fitz. Also of note, in the press release below is no mention of WPLJ Program Director John Foxx.

Back in Tampa, where Donovan announced her departure earlier this week, he co-host Seth Kush slides to sister Hot Talk “102.5 The Bone” WHPT as Producer/Co-Host of Drew Garabo’s afternoon show.

Cumulus announces that morning show personality Jayde Donovan joins WPLJ mornings as co-host of the new weekday morning show, “Todd and Jayde (In the Morning)”. Donovan shares hosting duties with Todd Pettengill, longtime WPLJ morning talent. The show debuts at 6:00 a.m. on January 5, 2015.

Donovan comes to New York City from Tampa Bay, where she launched one of the first female-led Top 40 morning radio shows in the U.S., “Hot Mornings with Jayde” on WPOI/Hot 101.5. Donovan was also a correspondent for WTVT Fox 13 Tampa, with weekly segment “Hot Happenings” on Good Day Tampa Bay and daily segment “Hot Dish” on Dish Nation. She also hosted the television show “The Cue” on WOFL Fox 35 in Orlando. Prior to that, she was co-host of Johnny & Jayde in the Morning on Orlando’s WXXL/XL 106.7. Donovan has served as an entertainment correspondent with Billy Bush on Access Hollywood, and has co-hosted LIVE With Regis & Kelly with Regis Philbin. 

Kim Bryant, Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus New York said: “We are thrilled to have a talent like Jayde on PLJ. She is genuine, smart and beautiful. The New York market is going to fall in love with her.”

Gillette, Corporate Program Director for Cumulus said: “I’ve been following Jayde’s career for some time now, and have always wanted her in the Cumulus family. When this opportunity presented itself, we couldn’t pass it up. She is the talent that will change the paradigm…that eventually becomes the paradigm. Having her join Todd and the talent we already have in the room will be lightning.”
 
Donovan said: “I still can’t wrap my head around the dream job in front of me! To co-lead a show in the number one market in the world is more than a dream come true. Huge thanks to John Dickey, Mike McVay, Gillette, and my legendary radio friend Todd Pettengill for bringing me on the team. Can’t wait to get to work!”

Pettengill said: “Our plan from day one was to assemble a team of talented people.cSometimes you have to wait for those people to become available, but when they do, you make your move. I look forward to many fun mornings with Jayde, an intelligent, opinionated woman. I know our listeners will welcome Jayde with open arms and appreciate her honestly and sincerity as much as I do. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride.”

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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