Chris Merrill Joins KFYI For Afternoons

550 KFYI Phoenix Chris Merrill KOGO Jim Sharpe Barry YoungiHeartMedia Talk 550 KFYI Phoenix has completed its upcoming lineup overhaul with the addition of Chris Merrill from sister 600 KOGO San Diego.

Merrill will take over the 4-7pm afternoon show being vacated by Mike Broomhead’s move to mornings. Broomhead was set to replace the retiring Barry Young in the 7-10am slot, however 5-7am host Jim Sharpe stated today he is exiting the station as well. The new lineup will take effect November 10, 2014.

Chris Merrill had been hosting mornings at KOGO until earlier this week when he was moved to nights as part of a lineup overhaul. He will continue to do the two hour San Diego show following his move to Phoenix.

NewsTalk 550 KFYI announced today that Chris Merrill has been named Afternoon Host, beginning November 10, 2014. Merrill will host weekdays from 4-7:00 p.m.

Merrill will join KFYI from KOGO in San Diego, where he hosted mornings on the talk radio station. He will replace host Mike Broomhead, who is moving to KFYI mornings.

KFYI Program Director Neil Larrimore states, “We are beyond thrilled to bring Chris into town! He is an up-and-coming superstar who understands the evolution of talk radio. With Chris joining the team, KFYI is perfectly positioned for much success in 2015 and beyond.”

“Being a part of the legendary KFYI is another dream realized,” said Merrill. “Thank you, Phoenix, for letting me be a part of your City. This is going to be great!”

Vice President of Programming Steve Geofferies adds, “with Mike Broomhead and Chris Merrill anchoring our drive times, KFYI is set up for further success. They are two rising stars of talk radio.”

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  1. Sounds like Merrill will be phoning it in for KOGO. Should be the other way around as San Diego summers are better than the Valley’s!

    And Jim Sharpe will leave the building…again? Give those two hours to Babinski.

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