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Longtime WKTU Personality, ‘Goumba’ Johnny Joins Long Island’s Party 105

For 15 years, ‘Goumba’ Johnny Sialiano was a fixture at Dance station WKTU. Last December, as FishbowlNY reported first, the popular Sialiano was shocked to learn that he was out.

But he’s back.

Beginning Tuesday, Sialiano takes over a struggling afternoon shift on Long Island’s Party 105/WPTY. They play a Rhythmic Adult Contemporary format featuring dance hits spanning four decades.

While the music isn’t much of a departure for Sialiano, the show is. Hell be flying solo, something Sialiano did sporadically as ‘KTU host.

“It was really one of the reasons I took the job,” Sialiano tells FishbowlNY.

He doesn’t see that as a challenge, but more of a chance to “reinvent” himself

Another important factor in signing on with Party— complete autonomy.

“I have 100 percent creative control of all four hours that I’m on the air, which is really nice, but is very dangerous, as far as I’m concerned,” Sialiano admits.

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New York Radio Veterans Weigh In On Ted Williams Saga

You heard about the incredible story of Ted Williams who has been homeless throughout the last 20 years in Ohio. Williams, a former radio announcer who grew up in Brooklyn, has a second chance waiting for him.

Williams got lost on the wrong track with a combination of drugs and alcohol. This week, as part of the media frenzy, Williams declared that he has been clean and sober for two-and-a-half years.

“Having so many friends and family that have battled addictions, that really popped out at me,” Johnny Sialiano says. “I was really, really happy for him for that.”

Sialiano, known as Goumba Johnny, is a radio veteran who left WKTU in December after 15 years on air.

“He’s now bearing the fruit of all his hard work in beating his addictions. It’s just an unbelievable story,” Sialiano tells FishbowlNY.

(TVNewser has the latest on Williams’ numerous job offers.)

More reactions from notable radio personalities after the jump

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Exclusive: Goumba Johnny ‘Very Surprised’ to Leave WKTU

Goumba Johnny” Sialiano has been a fixture on Clear Channel’s dance station WKTU for 15 years. Today, we learned that Sialiano is no longer with 103.5.

Sialiano is most associated for his time working side by side with Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton in evenings and afternoons. He also several years, with several co-hosts, in morning drive.

“I was very surprised,” Sialiano tells FishbowlNY exclusively. “I was surprised because of my performance and the numbers. …Was it about performance? I don’t think so. Certainly, the numbers don’t add up.”

He points out that his shifts had the highest rating and Cume on the station, attracting over 2 million listeners daily.

“Our show had 40 percent of all ‘KTU listeners listening in the afternoon,” Sialiano says.

The popular jock/sidekick is left scratching his head.

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Goumba Johnny Out at WKTU

Longtime WKTU afternoon co-host “Goumba Johnny” Sialiano has exited the station. All had the story first this morning that an internal memo was sent to staffers alerting them of the change.

His bio was deleted from the station’s website.

Sialiano had co-hosted with Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton since 1996 at the Clear Channel dance station. The duo teamed up for an evening show until moving to afternoons in 2006.

Goumba Johnny’s comments on the dismissal after the jump.

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‘Hollywood’ Hamilton Gets New Contract with WKTU

Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton has renewed his contract with WKTU. Hamilton is afternoon co-host on the Clear Channel Rhythmic Adult Contempory. He does the shift with comedian “Goumba” Johnny.

Hamiton has been with WKTU since 1996. The Hollywood and Goumba Show, originally on nights, was promoted to afternoon drive in 2006.

The DJ also hosts the United Stations’ Weekend 30 Countdown and The Remix Top 30.