J.C. Corcoran, an almost 30 year St. Louis radio shock jock, is coming to Houston and will appear on KKRW mornings as well as 740 KTRH and 950 KPRC the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
[Listen to Corcoran's work here]
An earlier article says Corcoran worked at 13 St. Louis radio and TV stations during his 28 years. The newspaper says he was let go from KTRS AM 550 last April.
Apparently Corcoran is credited with changing St. Louis radio upon his arrival. His "shock jock" persona opened the door for commentary on politics and news. Something that wasn't done in that market before.
After Walton and Johnson were let go, program director Steve Fixx moved from afternoon drive to replace the team in the mornings. Guess he will be shifted yet again.
I emailed with Walton and Johnson in early January. The radio duo told me they are still hoping to get back on Houston radio soon.
"We suspect some political pressure from Washington, and orders for drastic cuts from Bain Capital (whom they owe over 10 billion dollars) are part of KKRW ending the show on that station," W&J told mikemcguff.com in the email. "We still had a year and a half remaining on the current contract. They had just had to pay a performance bonus the month before, so we know it wasn't performance based since we had no warning. And they dropped the bomb on Dec 6th going into the holidays when most of the executive types and decision makers are on vacation, it's a tough time to get a major move like this approved."
You can still listen to Walton and Johnson's show (still broadcast from Houston) on other market radio station through waltonandjohnson.com.
Corcoran will start at Clear Channel Houston March 18 [updated with official Clear Channel Houston release below]
UPDATE 3/4/2013 7:54am:
Official Clear Channel release sent to me after I posted originally gives more details. Here it is:
93.7 The Arrow KKRW, Houston’s Classic Rock Station, announced today that JC Corcoran will join the station as its new Morning Show Host. Corcoran will host weekday mornings from 5:30-10 a.m. CT, beginning March 18th, 2013.
In addition to The Arrow Morning Show, Corcoran will be a contributor to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Houston’s talk stations, KTRH and KPRC. Prior to joining the Houston market, he spent the last twenty-nine years in St. Louis as a radio personality at various stations including KSHE, KSD, KIHT and KMOX. While in St. Louis, Corcoran also served as an Entertainment Editor and Commentator at NBC, CBS and Fox television stations as well as columnist at St. Louis Sports Magazine. Corcoran’s previous radio experience also includes stops at DC101 in Washington, D.C., 97Rock in Buffalo, N.Y and The Loop in Chicago.
“After being on-air in the Midwest for so long it’s exciting to now have the opportunity to connect with people in an entirely new region,” said Corcoran.
“We’re excited to have JC on our team,’ said Marc Sherman, VP/Programming, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Houston. “He’ll bring a fun, new approach to The Arrow that our audience will definitely enjoy.”
Fans can listen to 93.7 The Arrow KKRW on the station’s website, 937thearrow.com, as well as on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s all-in-one digital radio service. iHeartRadio delivers everything listeners want in one free, fully-integrated service: instant access to more than 1,500 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations from 150 cities, plus user-created custom stations inspired by favorite artists and songs. iHeartRadio also offers listeners a new “Perfect For” feature which allows users to choose from thousands of curated stations based on a range of moods and activities.