Clear Channel’s News/Talk WGY AM/FM (AM 810 and 103.1 FM) said long-time station personality Chuck Custer and former area TV news anchor Kelly Lynch will succeed the legendary Don Weeks as hosts of the station’s highly-rated morning program.
This summer, Weeks announced he’d be retiring in December after a Hall of Fame broadcasting career that includes 30 years at WGY. “They say ‘never replace a legend’ and luckily that’s not what we’re doing here,” said Custer “because no one will ever replace Don Weeks. Kelly and I are simply succeeding him.”
Custer has teamed with Weeks the past 23 years as news anchor and sidekick. He also has been serving as Director of News and Programming. Lynch is an award-winning television news anchor and producer who spent ten years anchoring midday, noon and weekend newscasts on WNYT, News Channel 13, as well as producing and hosting that station’s public affairs program.
While Lynch will be worked into the on air “mix” starting next month, current plans call for the new show to begin in Monday, January 3rd. Weeks, a Marconi award winner and member of the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, is planning on working through late December, in particular to help with the annual WGY “Christmas Wish” campaign which has been so important to him during his tenure. “I wouldn’t miss participating in Christmas Wish for anything in the world,” said Weeks, who added “I’m thrilled for Chuck and Kelly and I’m very happy the show is being left in good hands.”
Plans for the post-Weeks morning show are still being formulated but Cooper said, “We know it will be topical, local and fast moving with a lot of interviews, live guests and humor. Chuck and Kelly will be talking about whatever is hot at that very moment, along with giving people the information they truly want. What won’t change is our commitment to dependable coverage of local news and severe weather.”