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Whatever happened to former Star 94 host Cindy Simmons?

Originally posted Friday, December 28, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Cindy Simmons, the former Star 94.1 host, this week landed a new job in Orlando as a mid-day host at Christian pop station Z88.3.

She was let go from Atlanta pop station Star 94 about four years ago. She has since moved to Orlando with her husband and two daughters. 

While off radio, she did a weekly Facebook Live show called “Coffee Convo Wednesday” and wrote a blog called Surviving Mommy. She is an inveterate Disney fan. 

Simmons was at Star 94 for 12 years from 2003 until 2015, first on a successful personality-based afternoon show with Ray Mariner. But when the station moved them to mornings around 2009, it faced tougher competition and wasn’t able to take down the Bert Show on rival Q100. Mariner left in 2012 with no explanation. (He briefly worked at 680/The Fan, moved to New Orleans for a radio gig and is now back in record promotion in Nashville.)

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Mariner was replaced by Jimmy Alexander but ratings did not improve. He left 21 months later and as Lincoln Financial sold off the station to Entercom, Simmons lost her job as well.

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

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