Big 95.5 Chicago Moves Bobby Bones To Mornings

Big 95.5 WEBG Chicago Eric Zachary Emily Bermann 103.5 Kiss-FM WKSCAs expected following to exit of morning hosts Mason & Remy in April, iHeartMedia Country “Big 95.5” WEBG Chicago is moving the Bobby Bones Show from a delayed airing in nights to mornings.

Amber ‘Alabama’ Cole, who remained in mornings following the exits of Mason & Remy, former APD/Midday host Emily Bermann, and PD Steve Stewart, will anchor local elements during Bones’ show from 7-9am before hosting 9am-12pm. New PD Lance Houston will move from 10am-3pm to 12-3pm, while afternoon host Brooke Taylor’s show will be extended to 3-9pm.

Chicago becomes Bones’ largest market clearing his show live in mornings. In the June 2018 Nielsen Audio ratings, WEBG’s 1.9 share placed it well behind Entercom’s “US 99” WUSN’s 3.5 share.

BIG 95.5, Chicago’s New Country, announced today the debut of The Bobby Bones Show, effective August 13. The Bobby Bones Show will broadcast weekday mornings from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., joining more than 120 stations across the US and Canada.

Each morning, Bobby Bones and his co-hosts Amy, Lunchbox and Eddie welcome the biggest names in Country music and entertain listeners with their unique mix of pop-culture news and information, crazy stunts and hilarious conversations. The Bobby Bones Show recently garnered its third Academy of Country Music award for National On-Air Personality of the Year, following a 2017 Country Music Association award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year, and earned Bones the title of youngest-ever inductee into the prestigious National Radio Hall of Fame that same year. He has also been dubbed “the most powerful man in country music” by Forbes.

“Welcome to BIG 95.5 Mornings, Bobby Bones,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “We are excited to add the most recognizable name in Country Radio to our morning lineup.”

“The Bobby Bones Show really connects with the core Country audience more than any other show that I have ever seen throughout my career,” said Lance Houston, BIG 95.5 Program Director. “I am truly confident that Bobby Bones and team will be an entertaining morning show for our one million-plus weekly Country Radio audience in Chicagoland, introducing them to popular features like ‘Tell Me Something Good’ and ‘Pimpin’ Joy.”

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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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