Audacy-owned country music station WUSN-FM – better known as US 99, announced Thursday they were hiring former WTMX personality Melissa McGurren as their new morning host, starting Monday. The news was first reported by Robert Feder.
Born in Portage, Ind. and residing in west suburban Riverside, McGurren is being paired with podcaster and Nashville native Austin Huff, whose last gig was producer for sports radio station WXOS in St. Louis. Together, they will host The Melissa and Austin Show weekday mornings from 6 to 9 a.m.
As you recall, McGurren was a longtime contributor and co-host on WTMX’s morning program, on Eric & Kathy and Eric In The Morning until her disappearance and subsequent departure last year under a cloud of circumstances. After her Hubbard bosses released a statement on her departure, McGurren took to social media to tell her side of the story, disputing their take.
This marks the third morning show in nearly five years at the country station. In 2016, the then-CBS Radio bosses transferred Stylz & Roman from sister station B96 (WBBM-FM) to morning drive at WUSN, lasting until 2019. They were replaced by Jason Pullman and Katie Bright, who lasted all of ten months. Interim morning host Drew Walker shifts to a late morning slot, from 9 a.m. to noon, replacing two hours of syndicated content.
In the latest total-day PPM numbers, WUSN finished thirteenth in total-day PPM numbers and fifteenth in mornings. The station hasn’t benefited much from the elimination of former rival WEBG-FM (now WCHI-FM/Rock 95.5) as one-half of their former morning duo made headlines recently for getting a tattoo of the station he worked for on his arm – and then getting fired by the same station days later.
A tip for McGuren and Huff – don’t get any US 99 tattoos.