Chief meteorologist Troy Kimmel has decided to depart KEYE.
His last day will be Dec.28.
This is Kimmel’s third stint at the station. He worked weekends from 1998 to 1999 and returned in 2000, handling the weekday evening shift until 2003. This time around, he’s been the featured forecaster on KEYE’s 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts since June 2009.
Kimmel also handled weather duties on the station’s now-canceled 4 p.m. "We Are Austin Live" program.
The city’s CBS affiliate was purchased by Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcasting Group last year and has, since then, undergone significant changes. One change the company’s considering involves how the station covers weather, Kimmel said.
"They just have a different weather philosophy and want to go a different direction," he told me. "I’m not going to stand in their way.
"They were very cool about it all. I wish them good luck."
Kimmel says he’ll continue to be heard on the recently launched 98.5/99.3 KOKE-FM and will still teach at the University of Texas. His website, troykimmelweather.com, will be updated regularly, as well.
"I’m not going anywhere," he said. "I’m staying right here in Austin."
DJs come and go
I have bunches of radio comings and goings to pass along.
Let’s start off at 94.7 KAMX-FM, where two members of the Mix 94.7 "J.B. and Sandy Morning Show" have picked up additional airtime.
Sara Osburn has taken over the afternoon shift, working from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays. She replaces Nikki Nite, who departed for a gig in Sacramento, Calif.
Alex Franco is the new nighttime voice on Mix 94.7. Catch him from 7 p.m. to midnight weekdays. Franco’s show fills a schedule gap left after Austin-based "Your Time with Kim Iverson," a nationally syndicated show that focused on relationships, ceased production.
Both Osburn and Franco will continue to remain part of the long-running "J.B. and Sandy Morning Show."
LA Lloyd, who served as the voice of the American-Statesman’s Austin360 Radio, is the new program director at rock station 93.7 KLBJ-FM.
Most recently, Lloyd has been working at 98.5/99.3 KOKE-FM. Previous stops include San Antonio and Austin’s 101.5 KROX-FM.
"I look forward to working with the legendary ‘Dudley and Bob Morning Show’ and continuing to carry the torch of one of the top rock radio stations in the U.S.," Lloyd told me.
Layoffs, sadly, have been the norm in recent years at stations owned by San Antonio-based Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.
Another round of job cuts was carried out this month, putting some Austin employees out of work, according to AllAccess.com.
Joel Burke, program director for country cousins 98.1 KVET-FM and 100.7 KASE-FM, was among the casualties. He also handled the afternoon shift on KVET-FM.
The news comes just six months after Clear Channel announced Burke, a 30-year radio veteran who previously worked in Denver, had signed a new, multi-year deal.
Also gone is 102.3 FM KPEZ-FM host JoJo. He’d been helming the midday shift, keeping listeners company from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays on Beat 102.3.
KISS FM tops radio ratings
The latest radio ratings are in … and it’s the same ol’, same ol’, with Austin’s 96.7 KHFI-FM, better known as KISS FM, sitting atop the Arbitron list yet again.
After dropping to seventh place last time around, 100.7 KASE-FM rebounded nicely, landing back in its usual No. 2 spot.
In its final month on the air, oldies station 98.9 KXBT-FM achieved its best ratings ever, landing in the Top 10 for the very first time. The University of Texas has acquired the station and will launch a new, commercial-free music format Jan. 2. That move clears the way for UT-owned 90.5 KUT-FM to shift to round-the-clock news that same day.
Average quarter-hour ratings as of Dec. 5, courtesy of allaccess.com (numbers in parentheses indicate rank as of Nov. 7):
1.) 96.7 KHFI-FM (1)
2.) 100.7 KASE-FM (7)
3.) 103.5 KBPA-FM (4)
4.) 590 KLBJ-AM (3)
5.) 102.3 KPEZ-FM (8)
6.) 107.1 KLZT-FM (2)
7.) 95.5 KKMJ-FM (5)
8.) 90.5 KUT-FM (6)
9.) 98.9 KXBT-FM (13)
10.) 93.7 KLBJ-FM (10)
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