WURD Radio 900 AM/96.1 FM has changed its morning show lineup for the second time since in little more than three months. Former "Wake Up with WURD" co-hosts the Rev. Mark "The AME" Tyler and Denise "The Writer" Clay announced their departures in online statements issued Saturday after the station terminated their three-month contract.
The duo were contracted to replace Solomon Jones, who left WURD after three years to go to Praise 107.9 last October. In separate statements, both Tyler and Clay indicated plans to soon return to the local airwaves and thanked the Lomax family, owner of the station.
According to WURD Radio President/CEO Sara Lomax-Reese, station management and the co-hosts had different programing ideas and when the morning show was not a success, decided to not renew their contract.
“There were just some challenges,” said Lomax-Reese. “We typically had not had teams as our hosts, and had typically had individuals as our hosts. This was an experiment and something that we intentionally looked at doing for a three-month period. At the end of the day, both sides really felt it wasn’t working.”
Award-winning journalist and online content producer Christopher Norris served as “Wake Up with WURD” principal back-up and is now its interim morning host.
“Our goal in 2018 is that it represents our 15th anniversary and is an important milestone year for us,” added Lomax-Reese.
“Personally, I am very excited about what the future holds. Radio is a very public business, and when you try something out and it doesn’t work it gets a lot of exposure. It is not unlike any other business that is experimenting and doing trial and error. Ours just happens to be on the open airwaves. I am not surprised by the interest, but I also recognize that there is a lot of opportunity and support for the station beyond specific personalities. I am encouraged by that.”