Originally posted Friday, August 23, 2019 by RODNEY HOfirstname.lastname@example.org on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Radio is a small world. Jason Pullman, when he came to Atlanta’s 94.9/The Bull in 2009, admitted he had once dated Cindy Simmons, then afternoon host at Star 94. He also went to Dunwoody High School - Ryan Seacrest’s alma mater.
Pullman - who lost his Bull gig for no tangible reason in January - recently nabbed a morning show job at Chicago’s legendary US99 country station. And look who his station just hired? Scotty Kay (real name: Scott Corchin), morning host at Power 96.1 from 2012 to 2016, is now part of Pullman’s team.
“It was fantastic having him join our show,” Pullman said in a text. “Of course, I knew him from Atlanta. I’ve got a dream team right now. So excited about building this show into something unique that’ll touch our listeners’ lives in an unbelievably special way.”
Showing the often inexplicable nature of corporate decision making, Scotty and Bret Mega were let go from IHeartMedia’s Power in 2016 just as their ratings were hitting new highs. The two friends quickly found a gig on the Dallas radio station at Hot 93.3 and have been there three years.
But Scotty - a Chicago native - has a son from a previous relationship who lives in Chicago and he wanted to be in the same city as him. So he was willing to leave a show in a top 10 market with his name on it to be a team player on a show that does not have his name on it in a format he has never been part of.
“I’m not sure my heart could be more full,” Scotty wrote on Facebook. “Three weeks ago I took a risk for happiness. I quit my job to be closer to my son and bring my family together.” He is bringing his fiance with him, so he added: “please get my Florida girl fiance Shelby a really warm coat!”
The man is in better shape than most people: he has also participated in both “So You Think You Can Dance” and the current season of “American Ninja Warrior,” though his audition never aired.
Here’s the intro video for the new US99 show done to the tune of “Perfect Strangers” before Scotty was hired: