BJ & The Morning Crew, the highly-rated Stingray morning show that originates out of Q104 (CFRQ-FM) Halifax, is now being heard on Moncton’s C103 (CJMO-FM) as of this week.
Steve Jones, SVP Brands & Content, at Stingray Radio, says the move was prompted by the departure of C103 morning man Troy Tait, who co-hosted mornings alongside Sean Crawford as “Crawdaddy & Taiter.” His last show was Aug. 28.
“After the retirement of morning co-host Troy Tait, we decided to put the very popular and successful ‘BJ & The Morning Crew’ on in Moncton,” Jones told Broadcast Dialogue. “The show has already evolved into a regional Maritime show with Q88.9 [CHNI-FM] in Saint John, and Moncton was a logical next step.”
Jones said no staff were released as a result of the change with morning show co-host Crawford moving to afternoons after Labour Day. Former afternoon host Geoff Walsh will now focus on the drive show in Saint John, while Mandy McDonald continues in middays. C103 also picks up syndicated evening show The Rock of the Atlantic, which originates from Q104 and airs across Stingray’s rock stations in the Maritimes.
BJ & The Morning Crew, hosted by BJ Wilson, Allie McKinnon and Bobby Mac, is being adapted for C103 with local morning news, traffic, and other information, handled in Moncton by Brock Gallant.
Jones said there are no plans right now to expand the show to additional markets.
He added that the Radio division has been able to recall some of the 90 staff temporarily laid off back in March at the outset of the pandemic, while others remain furloughed.
“As the business returns, we will continue to recall staff where there is work available to warrant the recall. We are taking a cautious approach given the tenuous COVID-19 situation, as I am sure you can understand,” said Jones in an email.
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