Cumulus confirms Andrew Z coming to 100.7 The VibeWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s official: Radio host Andrew Zepeda will return to Toledo airwaves next week on 100.7 The Vibe.
Cumulus Media confirmed July 11 that Zepeda’s new morning show “Andrew Z in the Morning: The People’s Show,” will debut at 6 a.m. July 18.
Scott Meier, general manager of the Toledo cluster of Cumulus Media radio stations, said the deal was reached July 8.
“When we launched The Vibe, it was pretty clear that it was the perfect place for Andrew. I think they’re perfectly matched for each other,” Meier said. “I’ve worked with Andrew before and over the last decade and he’s a great talent to work with. He’s a good person and he’s been in Toledo for some time and raising a family here. He knows the market as well as anybody.”
Cumulus is in the process of purchasing Citadel Broadcasting Corp., which will make it the second largest broadcast radio company in the country, behind Clear Channel. The acquisition should be completed around Labor Day, Meier said.
According to Zepeda’s website, the new show will feature a cast of familiar contributors, including Zepeda’s wife, Michelle, Corey W. King, Steve Reamey aka “Gay Steve,” Donny Palicki aka “Donny P,” Brandon Doriot, Calen Savidge and Jerry Pickering aka “Avalanche.”
The 42-year-old Zepeda hosted the area’s top-rated morning show “Andrew Z in the Morning” on Clear Station’s KISS FM for five years until late last year, when the station did not renew his contract.
In November, Zepeda was charged with theft, complicity to breaking and entering, and failure to remit sales tax in connection with his pizzeria at Levis Commons in Perrysburg. Zepeda pleaded guilty to all charges and entered an intervention program for alcohol abuse. He completed the intervention in lieu of conviction program in May and the charges will be cleared from his record if he completes a two-year probation program.
“People deserve second chances. We told him to stay out of the pizza business and stick to being a great talent,” Meier said. “I’m just happy and excited to have Andrew back on the air in Toledo. I think it’s good for Toledo. He’s a big market talent.”