WALR Drops Tom Joyner & Michael Baisden; Goes Local In Drive Time

Michael Baisden Kiss 104.1 WALR SyndicationCox Media Group Urban AC “Kiss 104.1” WALR Palmetto/Atlanta GA is revamping its on-air lineup with an emphasis on local shows.

Art Terrell and Roy Wood Jr’s “Drive Time Live” moves from 12-3pm to mornings as “The Morning Groove”. The duo had been in afternoon drive until the station became the flagship for Michael Baisden’s relaunched syndicated show in January. They replace Tom Joyner’s syndicated show in morning drive. Wood will continue to mostly host his portions of the show from New York as he will continue to serve as a correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Sasha The Diva, who had been hosting 9am-12pm, will now move to afternoons in place of Baisden. The station will run jockless in afternoons for now.

Nov. 27, 2017 – Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta’s KISS 104.1 (WALR-FM) is making exciting new programming changes that usher in a new era at Atlanta’s top R&B station.

“The changes we’re making represent a new day dawning in Atlanta R&B music,” said CMG Atlanta VP of Programming Tony Kidd. “This new programming line-up reflects what Atlanta’s African-American listeners want most from their favorite R&B station.”

Kidd says that the programming changes, which begin Nov. 27, include:

• More of today’s R&B and Throwbacks music from today’s R&B stars and superstars and timeless music from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s.

• Monday – Friday, 5 -9 a.m.: “Morning Groove” with Art Terrell and Roy Wood Jr. with news and information from Condace Pressley. In addition, the show will include commentary, opinions and humor from trusted voices like Clark Howard, Corey “Zooman” Miller, Aaron Paxton Arnold and more. “The Morning Groove” will play the best of Today’s R & B Music and Throwbacks.

• Monday – Friday, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Sasha the Diva takes over the afternoon drive to entertain and guide listeners through their ride home in Atlanta’s busy traffic.

The new KISS 104.1 aims to entertain and inform Atlantans with a focus on local, relatable topics, a good bit of humor, and the best of Today’s R&B and Throwbacks.

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