Chicago's new country station WEBG FM 95.5, Big 95.5 has completed its local talent lineup. Amber "Alabama" Cole (left) will be hosting afternoons and Eric Zachary (right) will be doing evenings.
As was reported here, the iHeartMedia station flipped WNUA to Country Monday, January 5 and last Friday announced the hiring of Mason Schreader and Zach "Remy Honesly who will be doing mornings and Steve Stewart as PD and midday host.
The lineup will broadcast from iHeartMedia stations in Chicago (their other stations do not) underscoring their effort in competing with WUSN FM 995 who has been doing Country in Chicago for 33 years.
Cole, who goes by "Alabama" on the air has most recenetly been music director at iHeartMedia's WNOH/Norfolk, VA. She's been there since last September. She has also worked at WJIM/Lansing, MI as promo director and afternoon host and also worked part time at WKZH/Detroit.
“Alabama is incredibly talented and fiercely competitive,” Stewart said in a statement. “She not only does a great show but is also nonstop in the community and on all social media platforms. Alabama will be seen all over Chicago!”
Cole, in her excitement about her new gig, counted down the hours to the announcement of her move to Chicago no her Facebook and Twitter pages yesterday (1/12). “5 hours and I get to share the biggest news of my life ever!”; “2 hours 30 minutes! AHHHHHHHHHHH” and “Less than 30 minutes. The count down begins and I’m dying!”
Zachary is a Chicago native and graduated from Columbia College in Chicago and began as an intern at iHeartMedia Chicago working on theiar at Top 40 WKSC FM 103.5. He has been with the station since 2012. Stewart called him "one of the most energetic air talents in Chicago."
“To say that I’m ecstatic would be a severe understatement,” Zachary was quoted as saying. “I’ve grown up in the Chicagoland area and when I first got called to be on-air at 103.5 Kiss FM, I thought nothing could ever beat that feeling. I was wrong. Not only do I have the opportunity to talk with Chicago country fans five nights a week, but I get to be a part of launching what is guaranteed to be a BIG station. The country format is one that I’ve grown extremely passionate about, so to be given the chance to work every day with a team of the industry’s absolute best in my hometown. That is simply unreal.”
The lineup Monday through Friday on Big 95.5
6 to 10 a.m.: Mason and Remy
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Steve Stewart
2 to 7 p.m.: Alabama
7 p.m. to midnight-Erik Zac