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Ottawa’s New Country 94 Shuffles The Deck
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Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa’s New Country 94 has shuffled its morning show and laid off two DJs in the latest shakeup of the city’s radio landscape.

DJs Ryan Lindsay and PJ Ste Marie were let go Monday to be replaced by Sophie Moroz and Matt Di Paola on the 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. shift. Moroz rejoins the New Country 94 team after a six-month stint at sister station Majic 100. Di Paola moves to the morning from the station’s afternoon time slot, swapping duties with former morning DJ Mary Anne Ivison.

In an emailed statement, Bell Media’s Matthew Garrow said, “We feel strongly that these changes will resonate with our listeners as we continue to deliver on our commitment to provide the very best of New Country to the Ottawa region.

“As a result of these changes we can confirm that Ryan Lindsay and PJ Ste Marie are no longer with the station. We thank both of them for their contributions and extend our best wishes as they move on to pursue new opportunities.”

Despite the shakeup, the station remains committed to the “new country” format, said Garrow, Bell Media’s director of news, local stations, sports, Discovery Network and community investment.

Lindsay was the first on-air personality signed by the station when it switched to the country format in 2014. He declined to comment when reached by Postmedia, but thanked fans in a Facebook post.

“Sad to leave my Fam at 94, but life goes on. Appreciate all the opportunity given to me, and the bonds I built with so many. Anyone need a good balloon twister?”

bcrawford@postmedia.com

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Editor’s Note: This story was updated to clarify that only one of the laid off DJs, Ryan Lindsay, was a morning host.



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