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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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NOW FM Hires L.A. Jock Ty Bentli for Mornings

CBS Radio is handing the keys to morning drive at 92.3 NOW FM to Ty Bentli. Not a familiar name in these parts, Bentli previously did afternoons at a Clear Channel station in Los Angeles. Bentli’s first day at NOW is expected to be next Thursday.

“Ty’s talent and passion are unquestionable, but what only those who have worked with him know is his herculean work ethic,” program director Rick Gillette tells All Access.

Bentli succeeds Nick Cannon, who quit the show in February due to health concerns.

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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