Friday, November 8, 2013

Richmond Radio: Bevins, Perkins To Leave WTVR-FM

Shelly Perkins, Bill Bevins
Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins, the longtime morning-show duo who have hosted the “Lite 98” morning show for Clear Channel Soft AC WTVR-FM for the past 13 years, confirmed Thursday that they have resigned and will leave at the end of the year, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“We did resign, that is a fact,” said Bevins, who will leave one day shy of 19 years at the station.

“We both have jobs lined up outside of radio,” he said, declining to comment further.
Bevins said, however, that neither is leaving Richmond.

“We’re both Richmonders,” he said. “We have kids to feed and to send to college. Richmond is our home (and) there are no plans to leave.”

Perkins, who joined “Lite 98” in 1999, also declined to talk about specifics of the resignation, citing contractual issues.

“We would like to thank the listeners of this radio station for their unwavering support and dedication to us throughout the years,” Perkins said. “We love them very much.”

Clear Channel Program Director Dave Symonds said Bevins’ and Perkins’ decision not to renew their contracts “was absolutely their decision,” adding that he is searching for new hosts for the show but has not chosen anyone yet.

“What Bill and Shelly have been doing is so terrific,” he said. “The people I’ve been talking to have been very similar in their approach because the audience isn’t changing.”

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