David Clapper leaves 97.1/The River

David Clapper worked at Cox Radio Atlanta for 13 years, including three years as program director at the River.

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Thursday, June 11, 2015

David Clapper, program director and afternoon host at the rock stations 97.1/The River and X107.1, was let go this morning by Cox Radio Atlanta, according to Pete Spriggs, program director at sister station News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB.

"I love Dave," Spriggs said. "He's a great guy. It's just unfortunate."

Clapper, on his Facebook page, posted:

After 13 years with Cox Radio Atlanta, I am officially unemployed for the first time in 20 years. It was a good run!!! What's next?!?!? "The only constant in life is change!"

Spriggs wasn't sure who would be overseeing the rock station but said former 99X mid-day man Steve Craig will take over afternoon drive on air.

Clapper had been the program director at the River since 2012 and has been active with the River since its launch in early 2006. He also handled X107.1 duties when that station debuted a year ago. He also handled promotions at Cox Radio Atlanta from 2002 to 2012.

The River, which plays mostly rock classics from the 1970s and 1980s, is the city's most popular rock station in overall listeners. It ranked eighth in last month's Nielson Audio ratings with a 4.3 share. Last year, the station averaged a 5.3 share, good for sixth place overall.

97.1/The River and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both part of Cox Media Group.

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.