In the battle to lock up former WPLJ listeners, WCBS-FM has just made a big score. The Entercom classic hits station has hired the defunct hot AC’s former morning man, Race Taylor, for middays, effective July 22. Taylor rejoins his former WPLJ morning partner Scott Shannon, who defected to WCBS-FM in March 2014.
Taylor replaces Dan Taylor (no relation), who left the station Tuesday amid a reported workplace misconduct investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James into the former CBS Radio properties. In a statement, an Entercom spokesperson told Inside Radio, “We are not aware of any New York Attorney General investigation into CBS Radio.”
“We are extremely excited to welcome Race to WCBS-FM and to reunite him with some of our most legendary on-air personalities,” Susan Larkin, Entercom Regional President and New York Market Manager, said in a release. “We are thrilled to offer former WPLJ fans a new place to call home at our station and to offer Race’s loyal listeners more of the absolute best on-air listening experience for which we are known.”
Taylor spent nearly 20 years at WPLJ until it signed off May 31 with its sale by Cumulus Media to Educational Media Foundation. He is the billboard voice for ABC-TV’s prime-time, daytime, and late-night programming.
“To say I’m a lucky guy to walk into one of the greatest radio stations ever is an understatement,” Taylor said. “There are some two million PLJ fans looking for a station to call home and I'd love for them to join me at WCBS-FM. I’m ready to rock. Scott Shannon, I’ve missed you brother.”