November 28, 2011

Philly's Power 99 WUSL Fires Jonesy



Power 99 and its parent company Clear Channel Radio has parted ways with their controversial morning host Tarsha Jones, better known on the air as "Jonesy."

Her termination comes less than a week after a lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court by Tracey Parson, owner of the Kiddie Kare day care center. In the suit, she claims her business was repeatedly defamed by the radio host in October. In a post we ran last week, Jonesy allegedly did not do her due dilligence and let a caller make inflammatory statements about Parson that resulted in death threats and lost customers. The statements that went out unchecked over the air allegedly stated that Parsons had beaten up two teenage girls.

Tarsha Jones was hired back in Philly in 2009 to host mornings at Power 99 after working for Radio One Philadelphia from 2002 to 2004. She was matched up against Charlamagne Tha God over at rival and her former station "The Beat" until his firing in November 2009. Almost a year later, The Beat eventually settle on Jonesy's New York on-air nemesis Troi Torain, the "Star" of the Star and Buc Wild Morning Show. However, those two never engaged in an on-air verbal battle. A potentially volatile situation never materialized on the airwaves, as was the case quite frequently when the two hosts went back and forth in their days in NYC at Hot 97 and Power 105.1 respectively.

The search for a new morning host at WUSL is on as Clear Channel Radio looks for someone to compete mainly against Rickey Smiley on Radio One's Hot 107.9; but also to connect to the large percentage of African American women listeners in the 18-34 and 25-54 demos that were Jonesy's core audience.

5 comments:

  1. How about the breakfast club from Power 105.1 with charlamaine and angela yee. Who else is out there? Maybe they will put Shamara on in the morning.

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  2. I am glad she is gone, she was miserable and too raunchy for morning radio.

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  3. She was real, and thats a shame that she is fired

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  4. It's a shame that Joney is gone.My mornings are not the same without her.The station put the Hot Boys in her slot and I think they are horrible.They get smart and hang up in the listeners ear. Hopefully Jonesy will find another station and rise to the top again.Good luck Jonsey!

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  5. I believe that everyone who likes Jonsey should boycott the power 99.
    That radio station is on a rampage they are firing everyone.

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