A media career that started at WABB-FM in 2001 has now led Cherish Lombard to the Music City.

The mainstay of WALA’s “Studio 10” morning lifestyle show has announced she’s making the move to Nashville in the next few weeks, where she’ll be hosting a morning show, reporting and anchoring as well for ABC affiliate WKRN. Her last day with WALA is this Friday, Oct. 17 and she’ll start with WKRN Nov. 10.

Cherish Lombard

Photo courtesy of WALA

Cherish Lombard

Ahh, it seems like only yesterday I was reporting on Cherish, Matt & Jay being “suspended” in one of owner Bernie Dittman’s last old-school radio stunts. The suspension hoax may have been bush league silliness, but Cherish has seemingly always had a laser focus on where she wants to go with her career. And it seems to be paying off.

Lombard left WABB in 2008 to go to work for Fox10 as a reporter and two years later began hosting “Studio 10.”

She said the process of landing the job in Nashville was rather whirlwind, with her heading up for an interview and an audition. Lombard’s fiancée, Glen “Qtip” Johnson, who hosts WABD’s morning show, has put in for a transfer with Cumulus and hopes to eventually join her in Nashville.

“I’m talking over multiple options with Cumulus right now, but nothing is definite yet. As of right now I’ll be here through the end of the year,” he said.

As for “Studio 10,” I’m told Joe Emer will rejoin the show to replace Lombard and co-host with Chasity Byrd for the time being.

Newspaper moves

The gang at al.com/Press-Register has made its move to new digs at the corner of Royal and Dauphin Streets downtown. The historic Kress building was more or less gutted and rebuilt to house the P-R, among other businesses.
That leaves the massive building on Water Street housing nothing but the company’s printing operations, while many other functions have either moved to the Kress Building or to Birmingham.

Insiders so far are excited about the new building and say it feels more like a community than did the former building that had been built at a time when the staff was much, much larger.

In other newspaper relocations, The (formally Fairhope, now informally Eastern Shore) Courier moved out of its longtime home in the old post office on Fairhope Avenue last week. They are moving to a new office in Daphne. Incidentally, Gulf Coast Newspapers sold the office of the former Daphne Bulletin about four years ago. Looks like the new ownership has decided to change the name and location of the paper.

HEX Yeah!

Looks like the radio scene in the Mobile area will get a bit more interesting in the coming months as a group calling itself Radio Free Mauvilla plans to begin broadcasting a low-power station early next year.

The group made its announcement late last week, saying they had obtained the license and frequency and will be working in association with the Mobile Arts Council. The station will go on the air at 104.7 FM as WHEX.

“The focus of this non-profit, commercial-free radio station is to showcase a broad range of music that can’t be found elsewhere on local airwaves, as well as to keep the public informed on and engaged with the activities of local arts organizations and other non-profits, at no charge to those organizations,” says a statement on the station’s website at whexradio.com. “WHEX aims to entertain, inspire, and enrich listeners in the Mobile, Alabama community through a mix of musical, cultural, and educational programming, while providing a platform for collaborative problem-solving and community involvement.”

Though the initial announcement does not mention the names of those involved, both Emily Hayes and Trey Lane, who are involved with ModMobilian.com, are also known to be plugged into the radio project. Efforts to gain more information about WHEX prior to deadline were unsuccessful.

The group is looking for people interested as volunteers or underwriters and can be contacted at [email protected].

Still chuckin’

Despite the mayor’s office telling us the Press-Register has agreed to stop throwing their Bargain Finder and Yes offering’s into the yards and properties of those who have not requested them, the message seems to not have filtered down yet.

Personally, my driveway again was the landing spot for yet another Bargain Finder last week. I’ll be waiting to see if I get another this week. You see, I’ve never asked for one or “opted in,” so my home should be on the “do not toss” list.