Cumulus Fires Atlanta Morning Host For Recycling Trump Interview
Cumulus News/Talk “Newsradio 106.7” WYAY Gainesville, GA/Atlanta has dismissed morning co-host Steve McCoy one day after suspending him for “recycling” an old Donald Trump interview and passing it off as new.
On Tuesday McCoy aired an interview with Trump that he told listeners was recorded on Monday. After Trump staffers indicated no interview took place, McCoy admitted that he used an old interview.
Cumulus originally suspended McCoy over the incident but has now turned around and let the host go. McCoy joined WYAY as morning co-host in March following a long career in the market dating to 1981 that included 17 years hosting mornings at Hot AC “Star 94” WSTR with Vikki Locke and then two and a half more years with her at AC “B98.5” WSB-FM. Coming from music radio where using recycled material for comedy has been accepted like influenced McCoy’s rationalization, however that cannot be done at a station purporting itself to be a “News” station.
The station issued the following statement today regarding McCoy’s employment status:
For obvious reasons Steve McCoy no longer works at the station. Cheryl White, Drew Nelson and Randy Wyles will continue to provide Atlanta with a high energy news product that accentuates breaking news as well as in depth coverage on the top stories.