Following the retirement of Dave “Big Dog” Sherbert, from WQON-FM (Grayling), Blarney Stone Broadcasting has announced a new on-air line-up for the station.
The new schedule, effective this week, moves station co-owner Jerry Coyne from afternoons to the midday slot formerly occupied by Sherbert. Coyne’s new show title will be “J.C.’s Midday Mind Trip” and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coyne follows morning personality J.J.
Replacing Coyne in the 3 to 7 p.m. afternoon slot is “Jomama’s Joy Ride” with former weekend air personality Jomarie Leone.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to move Jomama from weekends to our weekday afternoon time slot, and I’m sure her listeners are just as excited,” said Sheryl Coyne, president of Blarney Stone Broadcasting, which owns WQON-FM and several other stations in Northern Michigan. “She is a unique and interesting voice and as I know, people loved Jerry’s show. I know Jomama will develop develop her own faithful following.”
A successful voice actor, Leone holds a master’s degree in theatre arts and produces and directs shows for the Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent her high school years in the Rocky Mountain town of St. Maries, Idaho. She has two children, both actors, and spends her free time on the golf course.
J.C., meantime, looks forward to his new time slot, though it pains him to leave the friends who listened to his show every morning.
“But this move is for the good of the station,” he said. “I’m confident that Jomama will continue to grow what we’ve built over the years here. And honestly, my on-air time represented just a fraction of my duties with the company. This will afford me more time to commit to helping Sheryl with the business end of things here.”
The station is also introducing Weekend Request Fest with Roadrunner, Randy Long, on Saturday’s from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday’s from noon-6 p.m.