iHEARTMEDIA Country WEBG (BIG 95.5)/CHICAGO made significant staff changes today (4/10), transferring WBWL/BOSTON PD LANCE HOUSTON to the WINDY CITY as BIG 95.5 PD, effective immediately. He succeeds the departing STEVE STEWART and will double as midday host, as APD/midday host EMILY BERMANN exits. Also leaving: morning teamers MASON AND REMY. Morning co-host ALABAMA remains in wakeups with afternoon personality BROOKE TAYLOR also still in place. Evenings on WEBG will be handled by part-time/fill-in air talent.
HOUSTON was named WBWL PD shortly after the station’s 2014 launch (NET NEWS 8/25/14). He was later upped to Format Captain and doubled as evening host. HOUSTON’s radio resume includes programming/on-air positions with WPOC/BALTIMORE; WUBL/ATLANTA; and WTXT/TUSCALOOSA, AL. There’s no word yet on his successor in BOSTON.
“LANCE is one of the most talented programmers in our industry,” said iHEARTMEDIA/CHICAGO Pres. MATT SCARANO. “His passion for the product, his creative thought process, and his ability to execute his vision flawlessly set him apart from the competition. I look forward to working with him again to win the Country battle in CHICAGO.”
Added HOUSTON, “I am thrilled to be joining the iHEARTMEDIA/CHICAGO team and continue to build on the great foundation already in place at BIG 95.5. I’m also really excited to be reunited with Region Pres. MATT SCARANO from our days in ATLANTA and working with EVP/Programming GENE ROMANO and SVP/Programming TOMMY AUSTIN to build a ‘BIG’ successful brand that can win the CHICAGO Country battle!” Congratulate HOUSTON here.
STEWART and MASON and REMY all joined WEBG shortly after the station’s 2015 launch, moving from iHEARTMEDIA Country sister KSD/ST. LOUIS (NET NEWS 1/9/15). Reach STEWART here; MASON here, and REMY here.