Toni Moore is a new co host on the Morning Groove on Kiss 104.1.
Photo: Kiss 104.1
Photo: Kiss 104.1

Radio briefs: new Kiss co host Sytonnia Moore, departing radio execs at GPB/WRAS-FM and WABE-FM

Originally posted Monday, July 22, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Kiss 104.1 has a new co host for its morning show the Morning Groove: Sytonnia “Toni” Moore, who will take over for recently departed Checka Cee.

She joins existing hosts Art Terrell and Corey “Zooman” Miller. 

Moore started this morning. 

Moore had previously worked at V-103 and as a sports reporter for the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Falcons. Moore has also worked 92.9/The Game, Fox 5 Atlanta and ESPN, according to a press release. 

The Morning Groove ranked eighth last month in the 25 to 54 year old demographic with a 4.2 share compared to rival Steve Harvey over at Majic 107.5/97.5 with a 10.3 share and No. 1 in the market according to Nielsen ratings. 

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Christine Dempsey, vice president of radio for 90.1/WABE-FM, departed the station last Friday to nab a job in Bethlehem, PA at the local PBS station WLVT as senior vice president of radio.

She joined WABE three years ago. She developed several successful podcasts and brought in new local hosts in mornings and afternoons. 

WLVT, Dempsey said, it’s “a rare opportunity to create a new NPR station and this will be the second time I get to do this.”

But more importantly, she said, “my daughters are in Bethlehem and it brings me back home to them.”

A new posting for her job has not been listed yet on the WABE website but the managing editor for news job remains open after 10 months. John Haas left that post last September and moved to a digital position. Other job positions available include chief content officer, a producer for “City Lights” and vice president of individual giving. 

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Georgia Public Broadcasting managing editor Sara Shahriari has left the station after just 15 months.

She led the editorial team of reporters, hosts and producers for GPB Atlanta 88.5 FM, the statewide GPB Radio network and GPBNews.org. She was well liked, but her position was eliminated and they are now hiring a vice president of news, a more expanded position. 

The new position is now posted on job sites with a base salary of $134,000. 

“We highly value the leadership and compassion she has brought to our news team over the last year and her team-building spirit has had a positive impact on the GPB newsroom,” GPB president and CEO Teya Ryan wrote in a memo earlier this month. “She leaves GPB with our highest respect and I know she has a bright future ahead of her.”

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