After being let go from MIX 96.5 KHMX's morning gig last summer, Atom Smasher is returning to Dallas where he previously went after leaving 104.1 KRBE. Last time Smasher worked at 106.1 KISS FM, this time it's sister station 102.1 The Edge KDGE.
I know I'm no radio expert, but Atom working in alternative makes way more since than him working in Top 40 in my opinion. This just makes more sense to me. Plus, he told me he is a big fan of alternative rock.
Here is the press release IHeartMedia DFW sent me:
Dallas, Texas – April 15, 2016 – 102.1 The Edge KDGE-FM announced today that long time Texan radio host Atom Smasher will take over mornings on 102.1 The Edge with The Atom Smasher Show, beginning Monday, May 2, 2016.
Former co-host Shawnda McNeal & Atom Smasher
The Atom Smasher Show will feature host Atom Smasher weekday mornings on 102.1 The Edge from 6-10:00 a.m. Additional co-hosts will be announced soon.
“I’m so excited to have Atom join the EDGE team,” said Jay Shannon, Program Director for KDGE-FM. “Atom has a winning track record, including his time here in Dallas, and will be a big part of improving KDGE’s market position. He’s creative, extremely entertaining and has an exceptional work ethic. I look forward to seeing Atom’s "energy" on the station!"
"I've wanted to make the move to rock radio for some time,” said Smasher. “This opportunity is huge and I'm really ready to get going on the Edge and do what I love to do."
“We are thrilled to add Atom to the Edge lineup,” says Patrick Davis, Senior Vice President of Programming. “This will be a big win for the loyal Edge fans and the Dallas / Ft. Worth metroplex!”
Atom began his career in Baton Rouge and New Orleans before making the big jump to KRBE Houston in 1998 where he spent 8 years hosting nights, afternoons and eventually mornings. He then did a 2 year stint at KHKS Dallas, 5 years at WSTO Evansville, IN, and most recently 18 months at KHMX Houston.
102.1 The Edge is a leading media outlet in the Dallas market and its programming and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast station; online via its branded digital site; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio, the all-in-one streaming music and live radio service – with its more than 800 million downloads, 80 million registered users and more than 75 million social media followers across the Network. Fans can listen to 102.1 The Edge on the station’s website, kdge.com, as well as on iHeartRadio.
About 102.1 The Edge:
102.1 The Edge is the DFW station offering the Dallas / Fort Worth area the best alternative rock music from artists such as Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Green Day and more. The Atom Smasher Show will wake up the metroplex weekdays from 6-10 a.m. Ayo hits the airwaves during middays. Jessie takes over during rush hour from 3-7 p.m., and Klinger rounds out the evening from 7 p.m. to midnight.