Cumulus Media has dismissed morning shows at a pair of stations in the Harrisburg, PA market. Ryan “DJ Puff” Downes and Steph Pagliaro, hosts of the “Morning Madhouse” on CHR “Hot 106.7” WWKL-FM, and Charles “Chachi” Angelo, PD/morning man at country “93.5 Nash FM” WZCY, were all let go Wednesday, Oct. 9. Angelo’s co-host Jenna Clay remains with the radio group in another unnamed position.
No replacements have been announced for either station, with the hosts telling Penn Live that their positions have been eliminated. “We found out in the last hour of our show on Wednesday,” Downes told the publication. “We were told that we weren’t necessarily being fired, but our positions were being eliminated.” He had been hosting mornings on the station for 15 years and Pagliaro had been with the show for three years.
Angelo had been with “Nash FM” for seven years. He and Clay were also notified that their Wednesday morning broadcast would be their last at the station. “Radio doesn’t mess around,” Angelo said. “When you get fired in radio, it’s not like, ‘all right, you’re going to be here another two weeks.’ When you’re fired, you’re fired.”
The two stations swapped frequencies in March 2018, giving “Hot” the stronger 50,000-watt signal allowing it to better reach listeners across the Harrisburg, York and Lancaster markets. Meanwhile, “Nash” added more gold-based country, from such artists as Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton and George Strait. It was at that time that Angelo and Clay replaced the syndicated “Ty, Kelly & Chuck” morning program – now known as “The Ty Bentli Show.” The duo was previously heard in mornings before Cumulus added what was then “America’s Morning Show” to the lineup in 2014.
Angelo believes a syndicated morning show will once again grace the airwaves of “93.5 Nash FM.” The station already has “Nash Nights Live” and “The Blair Garner Show” in the lineup.