After moving urban AC KMEZ New Orleans down the dial from 106.7 to 102.9 and simulcasting the rebranded “Z 102.9” on both signals for a month, Cumulus Media debuts classic hits “106.7 The Krewe” KKND. Market vet Spud McConnell joins the station to host “The Spud Show,” which debuts in mornings Jan. 14.

The flip gives the market a pure classic hits station, after iHeartMedia adjusted classic hits KVDU to adult hits “104.1 The Spot” in September 2017.

“Everything about this radio station will be New Orleans,” VP/market manager Pat Galloway said in a release. “Incredible classic hits from the 70s and 80s, a logo like a Mardi Gras doubloon and a morning show that features a New Orleans icon, Spud McConnell. New Orleanians will love it.”

McConnell hosted a top talk show in the market for ten years and is an actor and TV personality who was part of the live coverage of Hurricane Katrina that won an Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcasting Excellence. He is also an award-winning satirical cartoonist and will contribute content to KKND’s digital media platforms.

McConnell said he’s happy to be back on the air in the Crescent City. “Nobody knows New Orleans like The Krewe from right here at home,” he added. “I’m riding ‘shotgun’ with y’all every morning… The Krewe 106.7 is Where Y’at, Baby.”

PD Paul Cannell said the new 100,000-watt classic hits outlet “featuring incredible personalities like Spud and the best music ever made is sure to be a hit here in New Orleans.”