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Long-time Twin Cities radio listeners haven't been able to surf the FM dial for the past 20 years without stumbling upon the loquacious pop jock Tony Fly. Now he's looking for a new home on the airwaves.
Fly was laid off from his job as 96.3 FM K-TWIN morning host and Assistant Program Director after 11 years as a Northern Lights Broadcasting employee. Up until late 2009, the station was the urban-formatted B96, and Fly hosted mornings there too.
"I guess I'm doing good," Fly tells Gimme Noise. "It happens. It hadn't happened to me in 20 years, but I guess it happens. I was given the standard 'we're moving in a different direction' thing."
"The ratings weren't moving and they had to make some changes," he says. "These are just my assumptions. What I got out of them is that they're making changes and moving in a new direction in the morning. What I read into that is that the whole radio station's ratings aren't moving and they needed to start doing something."
Back in May, MinnPost's David Brauer reported that during March "the station had to a 1.7 percent share of the total Twin Cities audience, down from a 4.1 a year earlier."
"I loved working with [Erik Perkins] and [Dan Edwards] on K-TWIN," Fly emphasizes. "It was a lot of fun, and I wish them nothing but the best."
Previous to his time working for Northern Lights, Fly spent nine years as an evening host for 101.3 FM KDWB between 1992 to 2001. Remember the Top 8 at 8?
"I'm looking for every opportunity here in the Twin Cities," Fly adds. "My family's here and I don't want to leave. On to the next one, I guess. I suggest that everyone call their favorite radio and television station and tell them to hire me."
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