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Scotty Smith to host afternoon drive on WCFS-FM

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scottysmith1.jpgScotty Smith has been named afternoon drive host on CBS Radio Chicago's adult contemporary WCFS-FM (105.9), effective Aug. 16. Current afternoon host Jen Toohey will move to evenings from 8 p.m. to midnight.

When I heard Scotty on the air, he defined our vision for Fresh," said program director Jim Ryan. "He's young, energetic and has great interactive skills with his audience," added Ryan. "To live and work in such a great city like Chicago with a renowned broadcasting history is amazing," said Smith.

Smith most recently hosted mornings at Top 40 KHTT-FM in Tulsa, Okla. He was born in downstate Freeport and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He began his radio career in South Bend, Ind., at WNDV-FM, while working as a weekend/fill-in host at Chicago WTMX-FM (101.9) and other stations in the area.

Smith is the first of a couple of talent additions Ryan expects to make at WCFS, where he is working to boost the station's ratings. Ryan is also looking to add another host for morning drive. There was a slight delay in announcing Smith's hiring because Ryan and the new afternoon drive host were mulling whether to use Smith's middle initial in his on-air moniker. The decision was apparently made to drop the middle initial.

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