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WNSH Drops Country

As reported via Breaking News, Audacy WNSH/New York has flipped to Classic Hip-Hop as “94.7 The Block.” PD John Foxx remains with Audacy as Eastern Region RVPP, and Katie Neal continues her regional syndication duties for Katie & Company middays. Audacy corporate representatives would not comment on the employment status of MD/afternoon host Jesse Addy, who also handles afternoons for Country sister WKIS/Miami and internally syndicated Country Top 20, and morning personality Kelly Ford, who helms national weekend show 90s Country With Kelly Ford.

This morning's farewell included the complete staff – Foxx; morning team Ford, Jonah Griss-Bush and Sabrina From Queens; Neal; and Addy – sharing memories and fielding calls from listeners and colleagues, including Country Radio Hall of Famer and former nationally syndicated personality Blair Garner, former syndicated America’s Morning Show and Ty, Kelly and Chuck co-host Chuck Wicks, Triple Tigers' Russell Dickerson, Black River's Kelsea Ballerini and Warner/WEA's Michael Ray. Ford also spoke with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Melissa Byrd, who noted the importance of WNSH in the effort to raise funds and awareness for the hospital. Ford then asked listeners to donate to St. Jude as a final act of spreading good in the world as the station signed off.

“I was the first live voice heard on 94.7, and I will be the last live voice heard on 94.7,” shared Ford before signing off with the first song ever aired on the station, “How Country Feels” by Randy Houser, just before 12pm ET. The music continued to roll after the personalities officially signed off with Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood’s “If I Didn’t Love You,” Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant To Be,” Dan + Shay’s “Glad You Exist,” Gabby Barrett’s “I Hope,” Kenny Chesney’s “All The Pretty Girls,” Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” and Zac Brown Band’s “Same Boat” airing in the next quarter-hour. The Country format will continue to be heard on WNSH-HD2 and via the Audacy app. The final song as a Country station was Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise," and the first song heard when the format flipped at 12:55pm ET was New Kids On The Block's "The Right Stuff."

WNSH flipped to Country as “Nash FM” in 2013 (CAT 1/21/13) shortly after being acquired by Cumulus. In 2019, the station was sold to then-Entercom (CAT 2/13/19) and was rebranded as “New York’s Country 94.7” one month later. In the most recent Sept. 2021 PPM release, WNSH drew a 1.9 share ranking 21 in the market and had a cume of 766,400. The peak share came in June 2019 with a 2.8, and peak cume was Sept. 2016’s 1,216,000. Nationwide, WNSH was the top-cumeing Country station during seven surveys, the most recent of which was June 2021.

Ford and Addy were the first two on-air personalities named to WNSH upon its move into the format (CAT 2/21/13), and Foxx was first named PD in April of the same year (CAT 4/12/13) and held the position for a year. He returned to the PD role three years later after Brian Thomas’ departure (CAT 1/4/16). Ford relocated to Nashville to become part of Westwood One nationally syndicated America’s Morning Show in 2015 (CAT 12/4/15) before returning to WNSH for mornings in 2019 (CAT 1/23/19). Neal was promoted to full-time with the station in 2017 (CAT 2/8/17) before becoming part of Audacy’s regionally syndicated talent lineup last year (CAT 9/11/20).