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Gazette Premium Content Local radio stations see more staffing shakeups

By ANDREW WINEKE THE GAZETTE Updated: August 5, 2006 at 12:00 am
If you missed the big news yesterday, the KKMG (98.9 FM) “Magic FM” morning team members have gone their separate ways, with Chris “CK” Knight headed to sister station KATC (95.1 FM) “Cat Country,” Greg “Lazerman” Lazor leaving radio for a job in pharmaceutical sales and Romi remaining at Magic to run the ship.
Another big name also left local radio on Friday as Craig Coffey, the eponymous leader of KVUU (99.9 FM) “My 99.9’s” “Coffey in the Morning,” said his goodbyes and headed to Seattle. KVUU cohosts Darren McKee and Coba Hoban will audition guests hosts for a month or so. Nor was that the end of the changes in local radio. Lee Richards, who has been doing middays at KKLI (106.3 FM), is headed to the new KRDO (105.5 FM and 1240 AM) news station to do mornings with Kyle Troxel beginning Aug. 14. KRDO program director Mike Lewis will partner with Dan Cochell in the afternoons. Cochell was part of the morning team on KATC’s former incarnation as “The Peak.” And Laura Schlessinger will return to local airwaves as the morning talk show on KRDO following Troxel and Richards. But we’re not done yet. A trio of former on-air employees from the old KKCS (104.5 FM) have found new homes. KKCS struggled with signal issues for months before station owners fired most of the employees and put the station up for sale in June. Cody Carlson, the program director, is now doing nights 7 p.m. to midnight on KCCY (96.9 FM). Samantha Adams and Craig Morrison, the married duo who were two-thirds of the KKCS morning show, are headed to Fort Wayne, Ind., to do mornings for WMEE (97.3 FM), an adult contemporary station. Morrison said they had offers to stay in the Springs individually, but wanted to work as a team. “You really can’t beat the beauty you get in the Rockies here, but Fort Wayne has oxygen and H20,” Morrison joked. “We had a great response (in Colorado Springs) despite the problems we had at KKCS. It’s an a great town.”
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