Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Big Changes at KOST-FM

In a business known for constant turnover, it's pretty amazing that Bryan Simmons served as an on-air DJ for adult contemporary KOST since 1982 (with the exception of a two year stint at sister KBIG). That all ended on Friday, however, when KOST canned afternoon drive host Simmons with no warning.

Simmons wrote on the Radio-Info message boards:

I suppose I shouldn't care, but I will be interested to know how this will all play out. Radio is a much different landscape than when I started. I am trying to remain positive, but it's hard knowing how tough it is to get a job now days. As far as I know there are some big changes expected at KOST. I know not what they are, but I've heard the rumors about new format captains and how the premium choice programming will be replacing many local talents across the nation for Clear Channel... To those who listened all of those years, thank you! Without you I wouldn't have been here as long as I was working for such a great radio station in one of America's finest cities.

There's some speculation that Simmons might end up at crosstown rival KTWV "The Wave." In the meantime, Simmons has already been stripped from KOST's website, but here's the cache.

A permanent replacement for Simmons has not yet been named. Meanwhile, another KOST daypart is also undergoing change. KBIG midday DJ Kari Steele is moving in to take the daytime 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. slot on KOST, reports LARadio.com. I used to listen to Kari Steele back when I was in high school in Hawaii, and she was the morning news sidekick on Hot I-94's "Rory Wilde and the Morning Luau" show, and later on KQMQ's Michael Qseng "Morning Madness" show. (By the way, I also used to listen to KABC-TV sportscaster Rob Fukuzaki when he was a nighttime top 40 DJ on Honolulu's KXPW Power 92X). She's been out here for several years now, first at KOST and then at KBIG since 2001.

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