"They were silenced for 40 days, 20 hours, and 30 minutes. Now it's time for them to join the party," proclaimed an announcement on the new Miss 101 in Meridian.
And with that, Scotty Ray and Debbie were back on the air a little more than a month after they were broken up.
Scotty Ray Boyd and Debbie Alexander spent 10 years at radio station 97 WOKK, as The Breakfast Bunch, but that ended last month when Boyd was abruptly fired. Alexander left the station not long after that.
Since that time, Clear Channel Radio has been in negotiations with the two to put them back on the air. That happened Monday, with the launch of Miss 101.
"It's breathtaking that people feel that strongly about you that they'd build a new radio station," said Boyd.
The change means longtime pop station Q-101 has been moved to a new spot on the dial to 95.1FM. Clear Channel Radio officials say they hope it will mean big things for them.
"Our goal has been to be east Mississippi's and west Alabama's #1 choice for country," said manager Ron Harper. "That was our goal, and we're not going to stop till we get there."
Scotty Ray's and Debbie's first show was filled with emotional calls from well-wishers, telling them they were glad to hear them again.
"In the 10 years, you're talking about your family," said Alexander. "They feel like they know them, so we're excited about being able to talk to them again."
And they hope they'll be as successful on their new station as they were on their old one.
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