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Josh Cohen & The Hometeam Axed From Drive Time Radio

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Josh Cohen & The Hometeam Axed From Drive Time Radio

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Josh Cohen, right, with on-air partners Lea and Luke (via wzzr.com)

Radio conglomerate Clear Channel axed the popular WZZR-Real Radio‘s evening drive-time gab fest Josh Cohen & The Hometeam program over the weekend!

Frontman Josh Cohen, who’s been on 94.3 FM for nearly 13 years, announced the death of the 5-9 p.m. program on Facebook this morning.

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“Since September 13, 1999, I have had the distinct honor to serve you all as the host of Josh Cohen & The Hometeam on these Real Radio stations, online, and on the iHeart application,” Cohen wrote.

“And over these past 4,585 days, we have shared so very much together, often times live as it happened… From those horrific moments on that Tuesday morning of September 11, 2001, to the joyous phone calls from listeners sharing the details of a recent cancer-free diagnosis, WE endured these moments together…

“I am exceptionally proud of the work we have done, the outstanding ratings we earned, the millions of dollars in revenue we generated, but more importantly to me, the lives we touched, the people we helped, and the laughs and love we were able to provide you along the way…

“And as this company looks to reduce costs, we must all remember, it’s just business, so please try to not take these cost saving measures personally…

“For twelve and a half years now, I have felt like the luckiest boy on the face of this Earth in having the honor to entertain you, and I am grateful to you all for providing me with a living, a purpose, and the opportunity to win… As Nelson Mandela once said: ‘People won’t remember the things that you say, or the things that you do. But they will always remember the way that you made them feel’…. And for this, I say thank you….”

Hawaiian Tropic model Lea has been co-hosting the talkshow, one of the market’s only locally produced talk shows, for a little more than a year. She was hired from the ranks of frequent listeners. Producer Luke was also a longtime listener before he was hired on the Hometeam.

WZZR caters mostly to a male audience with morning staples Paul Castronovo and Young Ron Brewer, and The Love Doctors in the afternoon.

Regional Clear Channel boss Dave Denver said the decision to cancel the show was a business decision.

“It’s not about the ratings,” Denver said. “It’s purely a business decision. We expanded the other shows and shifted the schedule some to make up for the time.”

Starting today, The Penthouse is running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Love Doctors are on from 2-7 p.m. and Lex and Terry start at 7 p.m. until midnight.

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