Fans of FMTALK 106.5’s “Mobile Mornings” show started hearing a familiar voice delivering the news at the beginning of this week.
Kelly Jones, who served as a morning anchor at WPMI-TV until last September, has joined the ranks of one of Mobile’s most popular radio talk shows. She joins hosts Sean Sullivan and Dalton Orwig weekday mornings from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
“I’m doing news and headlines in the mornings. It’s my first week and I’m loving it!” Jones said.
She says her job is to bring a news component to the program, pulling trending stories from the news wire to keep listeners up to date.
“I’m providing that news presence while Dalton and Sean do what they’re doing,” she explained.
Sullivan said the opportunity to have Jones join his station was one he didn’t want to pass up.
“I asked Kelly Jones to be a part of ‘Mobile Mornings’ to have a real journalist in the mix to step up our news game and deliver a local news product on the radio,” he said. “I really appreciate her news chops, but her energy and creativity really adds a lot as well.”
Though “Mobile Mornings” is known as a place to hear thoughtful opinion and debate about local, state, national and international issues, Jones maintains she isn’t there to opine about the issues, but to provide the type of objective, professional news delivery she was known for during her three years at WPMI.
Although she left Local15 in September, Jones was bound by a six-month non-compete contract. With the non-compete period over, she says she was free to take on a new broadcasting job. Radio isn’t new for Jones, and she says she finds it to be a lot of fun to get back behind the mic and believes it helps further her goals of being a positive influence in the Mobile community.
“It’s been years since I’ve done it. You can really pull from the positive energy in radio and let the story breathe. Sean and Dalton have such great chemistry. I consider it a huge honor to be a part of the team,” she said.
Jones says a lot of people have asked why she has taken another morning job when the early hours were a major part of her leaving WPMI. She explained she’s able to tape a portion of the show from home so she can spend breakfast with her children and get them off to school, then work in-studio from 7-9.
“When you compare this to leaving my home at 3 a.m. to get to my former job by 3:30 a.m., it was an easy decision. I’m grateful and excited to contribute to the news cycle in Mobile,” she said.