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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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Despite Dom Theodore’s Departure, WXRK Flip to AM Simulcast Appears Unlikely

Updating a story we reported yesterday, Dom Theodore stepped down as program director of WXRK/92.3 Now. With his departure, Internet rumors have surfaced. The online chatter involved the FM frequency flipping to simulcast one of the CBS Radio AM stations: WCBS 880, WINS, or WFAN.

However, a CBS Radio spokeswoman squelched that rumor, in saying “We will be hiring a program director to replace Dom Theodore at 92.3 Now.”

Along with running the day-to-day operation at the former K Rock, Theodore was VP of Top 40 Programming at CBS Radio. He decided to spend more time with his consulting firm and family radio business.

Dom Theodore Exits as CBS Radio VP; WXRK/NOW FM Program Director

Dom Theodore and CBS Radio have ended their association. Theodore was initally hired by CBS Radio as the VP of Top 40 Programming. But ultimately the talented radio exec would add program director at WXRK/92.3 NOW to his resume.

He also held down P.D. duties at WDZH/Amp Radio in Detroit.

Reports say Theodore wants to focus on his consulting company and family radio business, Up North Radio.

Earlier in his career, Theodore had stops in Tampa, and Houston, along with another stint in Detroit at the Clear Channel-run station.