WVON program director quits – on the air

It’s not every day that somebody quits on-air – it happened once in 1960 when Jack Paar shocked everyone when he quit The Tonight Show – in the middle of the broadcast – after NBC cut out a joke he made regarding the initials W.C. being confused for a water closet instead of a wayside chapel the previous night (hey, it was 1960 after all…)

Yesterday on urban news/talk WVON-AM, program director Coz Carson – filling in for the vacationing Santita Jackson – quit his position as he was signing off. He announced that he was taking a position with a New York City radio station effective January 2.

Carson left the station because of “creative differences” with Melody Spann-Cooper, who is President and CEO of WVON’s owner, Midway Broadcasting. Carson was at WVON only six months.

By the way, Jack Paar returned to Tonight a month later, but left again in 1962 – and was replaced by an upcoming star named Johnny Carson.

(Editor’s note: To read Coz Carson’s side to this story, click on the comments section. – T.H.)

updated 12:52 a.m. on 2007-12-28

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