Erick Erickson, Mark Arum and Mark Kaye Move to New Time Slots
March 15, 2021 – ATLANTA – Cox Media Group (“CMG”) today announced radio programming line up changes at 95.5 WSB in Atlanta and 104.5 WOKV in Jacksonville. The changes will go into effect on March 22.
At 95.5 WSB, Erick Erickson will assume the noon to 3 p.m. time slot previously occupied by Rush Limbaugh who lost his battle with cancer in February. Mark Arum will take the baton from Erickson in the 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. slot as the host of Atlanta’s News & Talk. Sean Hannity will remain live from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and his remaining two-hours will now air from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Erickson, who is also a nationally syndicated columnist, has been the voice of the evening drive time in Atlanta for a decade on 95.5 WSB and has a self-syndicated morning radio show across the state of Georgia. He is consistently one of the most listened to local hosts in the country and has the ear of conservative leaders across the nation. In 2015, The Atlantic named him the most influential conservative in the United States.
“I would never have gotten into radio without encouragement from Rush Limbaugh who has been gracious over the years with a lot of great advice and guidance. It was an honor to fill in for him on his show, and it is overwhelming and humbling to move into the slot Rush occupied with such distinction for so long. I appreciate and intend to live up to the responsibility that comes with this time slot.”
Arum, who for the last decade has hosted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will now move into the 4 p.m. time slot. He started at 95.5 WSB in 1997 and since then has worn many hats, helping lead 95.5 WSB traffic coverage in the morning as well as covering breaking local and national news. Since 2002, he has been the Traffic Anchor for WSB-TV’s “Channel 2 Action News This Morning,” winning multiple Emmy awards and helping lead the show to top morning show ratings. Atlanta has been waking up with Arum for over 20 years, and now they will get the opportunity to drive home with him. Arum remains the youngest inductee ever into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, in 2017.
“When I was hired at 95.5 WSB over 23 years ago, I could never have envisioned that I would ever get the opportunity to host a drive time show on the best News & Talk Station in the nation. It’s a cliché, but this is truly a dream come true. I invite all of Metro Atlanta and North Georgia to get all the news, weather and traffic they need, and the entertainment they want every afternoon with me and my pals on 95.5 WSB, Atlanta’s News and Talk.”
At 104.5 WOKV in Jacksonville, Mark Kaye will see his show extended from noon to 3 p.m., with Brian Kilmeade leading him in from 9 a.m. until noon. Kaye has hosted his own top-rated morning show in Jacksonville for over a decade. As a prominent social media celebrity, Kaye’s political videos during the 2016 election, including the now famous “Hillary Clinton Song”, have been viewed by over 14 million people. In addition to being profiled by Business Insider and AOL, he and his wife are the founders of “Kaye’s Kids,” a local charity that distributes iPads to local children battling life-threatening illnesses and facing lengthy hospital stays.
“As a life-long fan of Rush Limbaugh, I am still adjusting to a world without his voice. Producing a daily show in ‘Rush’s timeslot’ is a daunting task for any broadcaster, but I am grateful to the leadership team at CMG and 104.5 WOKV for placing their trust in me. With the audience’s help I promise to do my best to keep Rush’s spirit, energy, and unique brand of conservative entertainment alive. This is an incredibly bittersweet opportunity.”
“I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to elevate internal CMG talent to these critically essential dayparts on our News-Talk stations,” said Rob Babin, SVP, Radio. “Mark Kaye, Erick Erickson, and Mark Arum each have a proven track record and commitment to our audience and communities. I have no doubt their success will continue as they expand to new dayparts and reach new audiences.”
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group (CMG) is an industry-leading media company with dominant brands, award-winning content, and exceptional people. CMG provides valuable local content to diverse audiences in the communities in which it serves. The company’s operations primarily include 65 radio stations in 11 markets, 33 high-quality, market-leading television stations in 20 markets and numerous streaming and digital platforms. Cox Media Group’s portfolio includes affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and MyNetworkTV, as well as several valuable independent stations. Additionally, Cox Media Group operates the National Advertising Platform business of CoxReps; and offers a full suite of local and regional advertising services with Local Solutions. For more information about Cox Media Group and its businesses, please visit www.coxmediagroup.com.