2013 flashback: Kiss 104.1 adds Roy Wood Jr. to afternoon show

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed May 14, 2016

Stand-up comic Roy Wood Jr. today joined Kiss 104.1's afternoon show to inject some humor with the R&B music.

Wood started Monday with long-time afternoon jock Art Terrell for a 3 to 7 p.m. show called "ATL Drivetime Live."

Tony Kidd, who oversees Kiss as vice president of programming for Cox Radio Atlanta, said he wanted to give listeners a blend of music and comedy.

"We did a test with the two of Roy and Art on Saturday mornings and it went really well," he said. "We want people to go home with a smile on their face."

The bits, Kidd noted, will be fairly condensed: 60 to 90 seconds two or three times an hour. Music will remain the dominant force in the afternoons, with 11 songs an hour vs. 12 before.

Wood has been a prank-call specialist on radio and hosted a radio show in Birmingham, his hometown. He finished in third place on the most recent season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" in 2010. And he currently plays a recurring bar regular on TBS comedy "Sullivan & Son," which stars his friend Steve Byrne. Once that TV show's production is over in a few weeks, he said he'll be spending more time in Atlanta focusing on the radio show.

I interviewed Wood in 2010. Stylistically, he told he was inspired by Rickey Smiley,a fellow stand-up comic who hosts a syndicated morning radio show, which operates out of Atlanta, with Hot 107.9 his home base.

Kiss was the second most popular station in the market in April.

Kiss 104.1 is owned by Cox Enterprises, which also owns the Atlanta Journal Constitution and ajc.com.