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Shuffling the Deck at 92.3 NOW FM

WNOW/92.3 NOW FM is making changes to its weekday lineup. Program director Rick Gillette is switching everyone with the exception of morning host Ty Bentli.

After that you need a scorecard to keep track. Micki Gamez is back in the midday slot, which she temporarily relinquished for afternoons when former Nick Cannon got ill.

“She’s the perfect foil to go up against the Seacrest syndicated debacle in middays across the street,” Gillette tells FishbowlNY.

Zann moves into the afternoon drive spot. He had been on evenings since last June.

“We moved Zann because she’s a breath of fresh air, and New York needs some fresh air in afternoons,” Gillette says.  “She’s the obnoxious chick who’s going to bully her way on the already packed number 2 train headed for Brooklyn every late afternoon.”

The station’s reworked 6 to 10 p.m. shift is led by Toro, previously on  from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Toro is a Nuyorican born in the projects overlooking Coney Island.

“Renowned and well paid in the tri-state for his amazing DJ/mixing skills, [Toro] has no future in radio outside of New York because he is just SO New York,” Gillette says. “92.3 NOW is so all about New York [so] we had to let this native son out of his cage a little earlier every day, allowing him to entertain the masses in the early evening and then prowl the late night club scene after his show every night.”

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Next Stop for Chunky Radio: San Diego

Chunky, the former night time personality at WXRK/92.3 NOW FM, is making waves in San Diego. He has joined the morning crew at Top 40/Rhythmic XHTZ. Chunky’s outgoing persona will be display alongside host Tati and producer Porkchop.

In a press release, Chunky said, “I’m more than humbled and excited to start my next journey in paradise here in SAN DIEGO, doing mornings on the legendary Jammin’ Z90!”

Chunky, who left NOW in June, was with the station since its flip in March 2009.

End of the Line for ‘Chunky Radio’ at NOW FM

Chunky, the wild personality who worked nights at 92.3 NOW FM/WXRK since its flip in March 2009, is out. Chunky did his final shift yesterday at the CBS-owned Contemporary Hit Radio station. Starting Monday, ex-Philadelphia morning co-host, who also uses just one name–Zann– gets the 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. starting Monday, according to All Access.

Chunky, who remains under contract with CBS for an unspecified time, has no future radio plans for the moment.

“I’m kind of trying to see what’s out there,” he tells FishbowlNY. “I’m going to test waters a little bit.”

The handwriting may have been on the wall for Chunky when Rick Gillette was brought in as program director in March.

“It could be,” Chunky admits. “It could be anything. Just going in a different direction, that’s what I got.”

Although he wasn’t happy exiting, Chunky understands it is radio’s “M.O.”

“I don’t really think about stuff like that,” Chunky admits. “I just keep it going.”

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WXRK/NOW FM Names Veteran Programmer Rick Gillette PD

Rick Gillette is the new program director at Top 40 station WXRK/ 92.3 NOW.

The appointment, effective immediately, was announced yesterday by Don Bouloukos, SVP/Market Manager for CBS Radio, New York.

Gillette makes his New York debut after successful stints at CBS owned and operated stations in Phoenix where he served as program director since August 2010. He was responsible for KZON’s rise to number 1 in cume, according to the most recent Arbitron ratings. Gillette was instrumental in growing KOOL to one of the top performers in the market.

“What a great city and awesome opportunity,” Gillette says. “I am thrilled for the chance to work with the entire team at 92.3 NOW, striving for greatness and focusing on creating unique and memorable lifestyle experiences for the people of New York.”

Prior to joining CBS, Gillette held various programming positions at KSFM in Sacramento, WHYT and WKQI in Detroit and WKSC in Chicago.

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Nick Cannon, Former NOW Morning Host, Battling Autoimmune Disease

As we reported last month that Nick Cannon walked away from his morning gig with NOW FM/WXRK to deal with his health concerns. Cannon, the husband of Mariah Carey and recent father of twins, had been hospitalized in January with mild kidney failure. Several weeks later he suffered from blood clots in his lungs.

Now the health picture is coming into sharper focus.

Cannon tells People magazine that he has a lupus-like autoimmune disease. He adds that it doesn’t appear to be hereditary as “no one else in my family has it.”

He told People that the blood clots were the scariest with which to deal.

“I’ve known people who have passed away from that,” Cannon says.

Doctors found that the clots were directly linked to his kidney infection. His kidney problems, in turn, were a result of the autoimmune disease.  While he says that everything is in order now, he was told by doctors that the kidney condition is “something I’m going to be living with all my life.”

Cannon, 31, who still hosted America’s Got Talent on NBC, is setting his sights on recovery.

“I feel blessed to be alive,” Cannon told People. “If it wasn’t discovered, I don’t know [what would have happened].” 

92.3 NOW Morning Host Nick Cannon Set to Return Next Week

Nick Cannon, hospitalized in Los Angeles with mild kidney failure, is set to return as 92.3 NOW/WXRK morning host. According to Cannon’s Website, he will back at the mic Tuesday.

His personal page also says Cannon, who also hosts NBC’s America’s Got Talent, was released from the hospital over the weekend kidney surgery.

Cannon, 31, is married to Mariah Carey. The couple had twins in 2011.

There’s no word if Cannon will host the show from California while he convalscences.

Now FM Morning Man Nick Cannon Adds National Countdown to Resume

Nick Cannon, the multi-faceted entertainer and morning show host at 92.3 NOW, has been named the host of weekly countdown show broadcast on CBS Radio stations nationwide.

Each week, there will be two recorded versions of Cannon’s Countdown. The program is specifically geared to CHR Pop/Rhythmic and Urban stations with a mix of music and celebrity interviews. The four-hour and three-hour shows, respectively, are set to debut in two dozen markets the weekend of April 23.  

Cannon’s Countdown, which will be heard on 92.3 NOW/WXRK, is launching an online destination showcasing the program’s top songs from either formats.

The website is also the must-stop place for daily digestible lists of what is hot in pop culture and will chronicle lists of Cannon’s favorite things, while providing his point of view on the latest entertainment and fashion news, event listings, new music, and cool gadgets.

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‘Tic Tak’ Calls His Time at 92.3 NOW a ‘Dream’

As we reported earlier in the week, Mark Allen, known to 92.3 NOW listeners as “Tic Tak,” left the station.

Allen tells FishbowlNY that it was his decision to leave, as he begins his next path in radio.

“About a month ago, I decided to pursue my dreams of programming great radio,” Allen says.

So, after his Friday afternoon shift, Allen exited stage left. But, not before showering praise on the station and CBS Radio.

“Doing afternoons at 92.3 NOW (WXRK) was like a dream, and I cannot speak higher about the people at CBS Radio,” Allen admits. “I highly recommend CBS Radio as a great place to work.”

Among those Allen singles out are Dan Mason (CEO, CBS Radio) and Greg Strassel (Senior VP of Programming), along with the entire staff at NOW.

Allen, 40, had been with NOW since March 2009.  

“Now it is time for me to go on a road trip and listen to the radio stations near you because I am a radio geek,” Allen says.

Jock Tic Tak Leaves Afternoon Post at 92.3 NOW

92.3 NOW (WXRK) afternoon DJ Tic Tak has left the station. He wrote, in part, on Twitter Friday, “Today is my last day at 923 Now FM.”

A CBS Radio spokeswoman confirms to FishbowlNY that Tic Tak, who began at NOW in March 2009, has done his final shift at the station. 

The spokeswoman says Lil Cee is the interim host, with a formal announcement regarding afternoons forthcoming.

On the radio-info.com message boards, a man, purported to be Tic Tak, wrote, “…I made a decision about a month ago that I wanted to program, buy, build radio stations, and follow my dreams and that is what I am doing.”

The person, who also wrote that he turned 40 on Feb 22,  encouraged the staff to “make it happen.”

It’s Twins for 92.3 NOW Morning Host Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey

This morning on the ”Rollin’ With Nick Cannon” morning show, heard on 92.3 NOW (WXRK), Cannon told listeners that he and his wife, singer Mariah Carey, are expecting twins.

He made the announcement in the 7 a.m. hour.

While Cannon was first to tell his fans the news this morning, Carey spilled this beans during the Christmas in Washington taping on December 12. 

At the event, which airs tomorrow night on TNT, President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama asked Carey, 40, about her pregnancy. Excited, she told them about the “double treat” coming soon.

Carey is due in the spring.