Hot 97 announced the cancellation of its long-running and often
controversial show "Miss Jones in the Morning." As early as July 21st,
the show's "AM Drive" time slot will now be split between two shows
with a national following.
In a statement issued by the station's parent company Emmis
Communications, listeners in the New York Tri-State area tuning in at
5am will catch Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg, which currently airs on
Saturday and Sunday mornings. With co-host Peter Rosenberg having
gained his popularity conducting interviews on YouTube, the show
continues to enjoy a strong online presence. That popularity is boosted
by Cipha Sounds' history in New York and status as an MTV personality.
At 7am, Rosenberg will sign off, leaving Cipha Sounds to pair up
with the nationally syndicated "Big Boy's Neighborhood. The Los
Angeles-based show, which once aired in New York on rival station Power
105.1 FM, signed a multi-year syndication deal with ABC Radio Networks.
"This provides a very special AM show with both local and
national talent with less edge, a little more celebrity, and a whole
lot of entertainment," the statement proclaims.
The move comes as Emmis prepares to test Aribtron's newest radio
research: the Portable People Meter. The PPM system will track the
listening behavior and history of each person studied by having each of
them where a small device that will record the information. The data
created is used as the currency stations use to buy and sell radio