FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 owner Infinity Broadcasting has made its strategy for replacing morning man Howard Stern official. Here in Detroit, current WXTM-FM Cleveland morning man Rover will move to Chicago where he will host mornings for WKRK in addition to WXTM, WCKG Chicago, WAQZ Cincinnati, WMFS Memphis, and WNZE Rochester.
Some of the big names taking over for Stern across the country include David Lee Roth in New York and other eastern cities (and Dallas) and Adam Carolla in Los Angeles and other western cities. Jimmy Kimmel has been signed as a consultant by Infinity and will contribute to Carolla's show as well. Stern's last day for live shows with Infitinty has been set for December 16th.
Infinity will also rebrand several of its stations as "Free FM", including WKRK locally. A web site has already been developed with the new moniker at freefm971.com.
WKRK will also be adding a one-hour daily show starting in January hosted by "Penn and Teller's" Penn Jillette.
Speaking about all the pending changes Joel Hollander of Infinity commented, “when we set out to find a replacement for Howard Stern we took the opportunity to cultivate a wide array of talent, from both in and out of the radio industry. With Roth, we’ve found someone who continues to evolve his career and deliver for his legion of fans. Adam’s depth of entertainment experience is unmatched in radio. And Jimmy has a proven track record of creating winning shows for both radio and television. Couple that with an impressive roster of emerging talent and formats and we have all the necessary elements for Infinity to continue as the major player in morning drive.”
He continued, “Infinity’s Free FM stations will feature an eclectic mix of personalities, whose distinct creativity, perspective, sense of humor, intellect and unpredictability do not fall under the guiding principals of any particular narrowcast theme or ideology. An entertaining hybrid of provocative, political, pop culture, news, music and lifestyle formats, our next generation of FM stations will be personified by their conviction, passion, originality, fearlessness and innovation which is not heard anywhere else on the radio.”