Clear Channel releases statement on Keven Cohen's firing - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Clear Channel releases statement on Keven Cohen's firing

Keven Cohen (Source: Twitter) Keven Cohen (Source: Twitter)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Longtime Midlands talk radio host Keven Cohen says he was fired because the station wanted to go in a "different direction," and a statement released by Clear Channel on Friday appears to validate Cohen's claim.

WVOC fired Cohen on Thursday afternoon before his normal afternoon drive block.

Cohen had been with WVOC-FM 100.1 for over 18 years, 13 of those years hosting the Keven Cohen Show from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Reached at home Friday morning, Cohen said he appreciates the support of his listeners. He said it has been "humbling to hear from so many fans who are praying for my family."

On Thursday, WCOS morning show talent Jonathon Rush and Kelly Nash filled in on Cohen's show.

Cohen posted the following on his Facebook page after he was let go: "An hour ago, CLEAR CHANNEL relieved me of my duties and fired me. Obviously, I am devastated. I am not getting the chance to do so on the radio, so I want to thank all of you for the love and support you have offered my way over almost 19 years at WVOC. Please keep the COHEN family in your prayers. This will be a significant challenge. Thank you, KEV."

Cohen says he loves Columbia and wants to continue work in the Columbia media market. He added that he isn't surprised by the support he's received and that's why he wants to stay in the Midlands.

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment released the following statement Friday afternoon:

"100.1 WVOC,  News Talk Sports, announced today that radio veteran, Jonathon Rush, and co-host, Kelly Nash, will now host the afternoon drive weekdays from 3-6:00 p.m. ET, effective immediately. Known as The Morning Rush, the duo will now host The Afternoon Rush on WVOC. 

Rush has been waking up Columbia listeners on music radio stations for over two decades and with Nash will now take their highly entertaining style and political opinions to the afternoon drive.  Rush and Nash will continue hosting The Morning Rush on sister station WCOS-FM weekdays from 6-9:00 a.m. ET. 

"This is an opportunity I've dreamed of for years," said Rush.  "We can play the world's greatest music for the greatest music fans in the morning and talk with the most passionate radio listeners every afternoon."

 "I'm very excited to not only expand our audience, but to be able to have two outlets to engage and entertain Columbia's listeners," said Nash.  "Pulling the double duty is something that has been done before in radio with great success and we are eager to serve two of the largest radio audiences in the state."

"News Talk radio is more than just political opinions and interviews with lawmakers.  All news has an element of entertainment to it that makes it entertaining and compelling," said L.J. Smith, Regional Program Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.  "Jonathon and Kelly understand the balance between addressing hard hitting issues while keeping listeners engaged in a compelling conversation about today's most relevant topics."

WVOC-FM's  Weekday Programming Lineup:

6-9:00 a.m. – The Morning News with Gary David

9 a.m. – Noon – Glenn Beck

Noon – 3 p.m. – Rush Limbaugh

3-6:00 p.m. – The Afternoon Rush

6-8:00 p.m. – Talking Sports

8-11:00 p.m. – Jerry Doyle

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