SPORTS 56 WHBQ ANNOUNCES LINEUP CHANGE; TILLERY TO SAY GOODBYE APRIL 15TH
Sports 56 WHBQ (560 AM) Program Director Eli Savoie announced today that Ron Tillery, co-host of “The Morning Rush,” will be leaving the station after nearly six years. Tillery's last show will be Friday, April 15. He will be replaced in the 6a-8a time slot by Will Askew starting on Monday, April 18. “It's extremely disappointing to lose Ron, but I guess all those years of early mornings and working two jobs has finally caught up with him,” said Savoie. “What Ron has been doing for almost six years has had to be very difficult, but he has done a tremendous job for us and he'll be missed.”
Tillery says that the tough schedule played a major role in his decision to leave, “People said I was crazy for signing on to do an early morning show while also serving as the Grizzlies’ beat writer for the Commercial Appeal. Five years later, I’m still flirting with insanity. I’m also flat-out tired and I can no longer make the commitment necessary to keep such a challenging schedule,” Tillery said. “The Morning Rush was truly a fun ride. I also appreciated having the chance to give the station a different voice in addition to lending my journalistic credibility and contacts. I will always look back fondly on what was an awesome opportunity. Thank you to everyone who supported me and the show.”
Askew moves to the morning show after spending the last three years co-hosting “The Sports Bar." He will join Peter Edmiston, who remains in the morning slot. Edmiston will miss his long-time partner, but is looking forward to working with Askew. "I don't know how Ron kept up his schedule for as long as he did, but I knew eventually he'd want to scale back. I have really enjoyed working with him for almost 6 years. I will miss that partnership on the air.” Edmiston said. “Looking ahead, though, I am extremely excited to partner with Will starting this Monday. Will is a really talented guy who's going to bring a lot of excitement to the show."
With Askew moving to the morning, Chris Hrabe will fill the final stool in "The Sports Bar." Hrabe has been the producer for the show and co-host of "The Press Box" since joining the station. He will join long-time hosts Rob Fischer and Jeff Weinberger from 3-6 every afternoon.
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