“John and Steak and Mark are great guys and talented broadcasters,” Dickey said. “They will always be a part of The Fan and my hope is we will continue to work together in many forms and functions.”
Shapiro, in a statement, said, “as a business owner, I absolutely understand what is going on here and hold no animosity. I’ve been paid incredibly well and had the time of my life for seven years but the timing of this is really perfect. The company I own is really taking off and two full-time jobs was taking its toll on the business and my three kids and my family. I feel incredibly rejuvenated although I will miss my cohosts Sandra and Brian incredibly. I love them, but not the crazy hours. Lots of great things coming.”
Zinno, who worked at Xtra 106.3 the past three years, said in an interview that he’s still in shock over the situation.
“I’m proud and happy to have been part of the Dickey broadcasting family however short at time it was,” Zinno said. “To Steak and John, those guys are still heroes of mine in the business. Every award and recognition they got along the way was well earned.”
He had previously worked at 92.9/The Game and said he is grateful Dickey gave him a “second life in this business. I have nothing but kind things to say about David Dickey. That man tried like hell to keep everyone employed.”
Dickey provided the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with the new daytime weekday schedule on the Fan, which is now five shows instead of four.
- The Front Row: 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sandra Golden, Brian Finneran and now John Michaels
- Brandon Leak and Joe Hamilton: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Nick Cellini and Chris Dimino 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Buck Belue, Hutson Mason and Tug Cowart 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Chuck and Chernoff: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Chuck Oliver and Matt Chernoff
The Fan will now have 12 full-time hosts from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays instead of nine. In comparison, rival 92.9/The Game runs three shows during that same time period with a total of six hosts.
Dickey said Xtra 106.3 will simulcast the Fan for the time being “until I start building more new shows and talent for further expansion.”