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Jon Williams On The Move

Posted by Jeff on January 20, 2011

Bye Bye Eagle... Hellooooo...... ??

For those of you in Northwest Arkansas, you might have noticed that Jon Williams, a longtime fixture on the radio in Fayetteville was not on the air to read the school closings this morning. 

For 18 years, Jon has been people’s in-car buddy for the commute to work. Jon started on Q-102 when he first moved to Fayetteville to attend the U of A but shortly left that station for KKEG, a heritage rock and roll station.  It was there that Jon made his name in radio.  He started by himself with producer, Bill Nevin and newscaster, Zach Arns.  Nevin left and Zach took a greater role and the show morphed into the Jon and Zach Show.  Ratings continued to grow and in 1997, J&Z left KKEG and started on 93.3 the Eagle.  Again ratings climbed and while Jon’s partners on-air changed (Jennifer Colonna, Derek “Deek” Kastner) and they even experimented with a Top-40 station (Hot Mix 101.9), Jon stayed at or near the top for 13 years with Clear Channel Radio of Northwest Arkansas.

On Wednesday though, Jon put in his two-weeks notice.  As per radio tradition, that means you are off-air.  Radio station managers tend to dislike the thought that they might be paying a DJ to broadcast what they will be doing next and where.  It makes sense but creates a lot of confusion for listeners.

Jon’s future will be on air in Arkansas.  The details are still being ironed out but one hint that perceptive radiophiles should pick up on is that another rock station jock is also no longer on air.  (Think about it.)

I will post more details as they become available.  Jon has always been a close friend of ours here at Blog Hawgs and we wish him the very best in this exciting new venture.

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