If you tuned into your radio on the way to work Monday morning and were greeted by a welcome blast from the past, you weren't alone.
No, your ears did not deceive you, popular morning hosts Cruise n' Good are back on B93.1 FM.
Tammy Cruise and Angie Good returned to their longtime on-air home this week after a year-long absence from the station. Their return to the morning show slot is one of a series of changes the radio station has made since the abrupt exit of Clear Channel Vice President and Modesto/Stockton Market Manager Gary Granger in December.
Shortly after, his replacement Rich Hawkins hired Good as the station's program director.
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Cruise n' Good joined B93.1 FM in 1999 and had amassed a loyal following over the years. Their morning show consistently topped the Arbitron radio ratings with listeners. But the duo was fired suddenly from the station on Dec. 1, 2006, and told it was in an effort to "take the show in a new direction."
The return of Cruise n' Good and hiring of the latter as program director should finally stabilize the station which has seen its dominance over the area airwaves waver the last couple years. Since 2006, the station had undergone a series of staffing and programming changes that included the departure of longtime husband-and-wife duo Max and Donna Miller and popular DJ Jack Paper.
Good said her priorities as program director include bringing the luster back to B93.1 FM.
"I wanted the position because it's such a heritage radio station and it had taken some missteps in the last year," she said. "I thought they could take their rightful spot back at the top and fulfill the role that B93 has always had."
Already she has tweaked the station's format, shifting away from the pop music like Fergie and the Pussycat Dolls and back to more alternative rock like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day.
"We had a huge response (Monday) morning," Good said. "It was nonstop love. It was good to be back. I think a lot of people felt displaced for a while."
Good also plans to make
B93.1 FM a key player again in the area music scene by sponsoring area events and promoting shows. Already the station is partnering with the Tresetti's Fat Tuesday next week and plans to re-launch its invite-only Underground Lounge events early this month.
Thanks to the listener goodwill Cruise n' Good have built up over the years and the new direction from market manager Hawkins and operations manager Matthew Hobley, Good said she is confident she can turn the station around quickly.
"It's cool going back because the station was so big for so long," she said. "It's nice to be back and feel the positive energy now. It's really exciting. It's a new day."
Waking up to a new day with friendly, familiar faces? Sounds like music to my ears. Welcome back, ladies.
Elsewhere around the Scene:
Modesto rockers Anthem, back from playing dates in
Los Angeles, have been playing a series of "Anthem Uplugged" shows in the valley with its new bassist John Montes.
Catch the Modesto Area Music Association Award-nominated band at
7 p.m. Saturday at the Queen Bean Coffee House in Modesto (all-ages, free show) and 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Blackwater Cafe in Stockton (all-ages, $3 show). For more visit www.anthemcentral.com. ...
Come to a Gathering of the Tribes show featuring area punk favorites Saturday at Sidelines in Modesto.
Hear Sacramento's Lemmies and Drastic Actions, Santa Cruz's Johnny & the Pachecos and Modesto's Butterface play the GBA Underground event. Music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages show are $5. ...
Be sure to check out rapper and activist Chuck D as he swings through the Central Valley in celebration of Black History Month later this month.
The former member of Public Enemy will speak at University of the Pacific Feb. 28 as part of the university's Black History Month celebrations. His talk, titled "Rap, Race and Reality," will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public. ...
And finally, Latin music fans mark your calendars.
Olé Productions is returning with a monthly Latin Music Dinner-Dance series at
The Seasons in Modesto.
The Friday night series will begin March 7 and will run through Aug. 8. The music will span a variety of Latin dance favorites, from the mambo to rumba, cumbia, merengue and more. Tickets will be $20. For more information call 524-4758.
Bee entertainment writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2284. Read her blog SceneIt at thehive.modbee.com/sceneit.