Low ratings force former B96 duo to depart
It is the end of the line for Stylz & Roman, whose morning show at country station WUSN-FM (99.9) aired its final episode today, as reported by Robert Feder.
No replacement was immediately announced.
Even though the duo beat the syndicated Bobby Bones on rival WEBG-FM (Big 95.5), the morning show was among the lowest-rated among Entercom’s cluster of six stations in the Chicago market, as Feder noted. Stylz & Roman only ranked eighteenth, compared to Bones’ 25th.
The move by then-owner CBS Radio in 2016 to shift the former B96 (WBBM-FM) afternoon personalities to morning drive at US 99 stunned the market, as Stylz & Roman had a background in CHR radio. Some defended the move, noting syndicated host Bones had a background in the same music format (Bones is a “mentor” on the current season of American Idol.) Stylz & Roman (Doug Bobrowski and Justin Roman) were interns at B96 before moving to evenings and later, afternoons.
In 2017, Entercom bought CBS Radio, including US 99 and installed Jimmy deCastro as market manager. Even though ratings were strong at first, they leveled off in recent months.
On Twitter this evening, the duo thanked their loyal listeners:
— Stylz & Roman (@StylzandRoman) May 3, 2019