January 21, 2009

Change Has Come to WRNB, Mo'Nique is Out

107.9 WRNB Philadelphia is still an Urban AC station but may be patterning themselves after KRNB Dallas "105.7 the New R&B." The station will now feature a music mix of R&B music from the 1990’s up to current R&B sounds. According to the station, research concluded that the Philadelphia radio listeners were asking for a more contemporary urban adult radio station instead of a traditional Urban AC.

The station will feature more artist like Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Babyface, Maxwell, Mary J Blige, Mint Condition, while WRNB's playlist will no longer feature R&B from the 70's and 80's. With the format change comes a new line-up with the morning show and midday shows remaining the same with The Tom Joyner Morning Show and Mo’Shay Laren. Philly radio icon Lady B returns to afternoons from 3pm-7pm and DC Todd from 7pm to midinght with the Mo'Nique show dropped from the line-up. In these economic times, it's interesting to note that Radio One would allow one of its stations to drop a syndicated show like The Mo'Nique Show, after chairman Alfred Liggins said that Mo'Nique would become a radio star.

The station is now known as "The New Sound of 107.9 WRNB, R&B of the 90’s and Today." That's a mouthful.
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