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Chuck Edwards Named New WYCD Morning Host

Chuck Edwards Dr. Don Carpenter 99.5 WYCD Detroit CBS RadioFollowing today’s exit of Dr. Don Carpenter as morning host at 99.5 WYCD Detroit, the CBS Country station didn’t look far for his replacement.

Afternoon host Chuck Edwards will move to the morning show to join incumbent co-hosts Rachel Hunter, Steve Grunwald and Jason The 200 lb. Cowboy. Edwards has been with WYCD since 1999 co-hosting the afternoon show with Linda Lee.

Chuck Edwards will be waking up earlier starting Monday, August 17. That’s when he’ll be taking over his new role as host of the WYCD morning show. He will be joined by Rachel Hunter and Steve Grunwald, veterans of the WYCD morning team for the past 10 years, as well as Jason the 200 lb. cowboy.

Edwards has been with WYCD for 16 years as co-host of the station’s afternoon drive program “Edwards and Lee” with Linda Lee. He came to WYCD in 1999 and has become a fixture in the market. Prior to Detroit, he was with KSCS in Dallas for 15 years.

“What’s not to be excited about?!” asked Edwards. “A premier morning show foundation is in place – I’m ready to build on that with Rachel, Grunwald and Jason and looking forward to this opportunity to evolve my career. However, gotta admit, I will miss those enticing late night infomercials!”

“Chuck is a true radio pro and will fit right in with the other members of the morning show,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Detroit. “His afternoon show garnered dozens of awards over the years and he is very involved in the community. This is an exciting new chapter in the history of WYCD.”

“Chuck has an incredible knowledge of country music, the artists and our CORE fans,” said Tim Roberts, Operations Manager/Program Director for WYCD. “His chemistry with Rachael, Grunwald and Jason will continue to make our fans smile each morning with a great, entertaining and fun wake-up with WYCD.”

Edwards and his partner Linda Lee have won a number of awards including the Academy of Country Music Award for Best Personalities (2009), CMA Personality of the Year (2011), numerous Michigan Association of Broadcasters Awards, and are currently finalists for the prestigious Marconi Award. Linda Lee will remain on 99.5 WYCD in afternoons. A new afternoon co-host will be announced at a later date.

Edwards and his wife, Kasey, reside in Brighton with five dogs and a horse named Beau Willey.

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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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