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One day after announcement on Twitter, Clear Channel releases statement on end of MJ Morning Show

mj_cropped.jpgClear Channel executives delcined to comment yesterday, but they put out a press release this morning acknowledging what media outlets had been reporting all day Thursday: Todd "MJ" Schnitt will draw the curtains on his MJ Morning Show Feb. 17.

Here's the press release, just you can see the official word:

On-Air Personality to Continue Hosting The Schnitt Show

Tampa, Fla. – January 20, 2012 – 93.3 FLZ, Tampa Bay's Hit Music Channel, announced today that MJ Kelli will discontinue the MJ Morning Show, his last morning broadcast will be Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. He will continue to Host The Schnitt Show weekday afternoons from 3-6:00 p.m. ET. The Schnitt Show broadcasts from its flagship station 970 WFLA in Tampa and is syndicated nationally on nearly 50 stations Nationwide, including XM Extreme Talk 165 and Clear Channel's KOGO San Diego; WCCF, Ft. Myers; WIOD, Miami; WFLA and WHNZ, Tampa; WSCC, Charleston and 92.5, San Antonio.

MJ began his radio career at WGH-FM in Hampton Roads, Va. He later took on a role at WNVZ in Norfolk, Va., and served as Creative Director for Pirate Radio in Los Angeles and WPLJ in New York. Then in 1992, he started The MJ Kelli Morning Show on WOVV in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he remained until he joined WFLZ Tampa Bay in 1994. MJ later teamed up with BJ Harris on The MJ & BJ Show, which quickly rose to the top of Tampa Bay's radio ratings and often made national news with the show's hilarious pranks and stunts. After BJ left in 2001, MJ carried on with the help of his crew and over the last 12 years the show has grown and been syndicated nationally to the St. Louis, Jacksonville, Melbourne/Cocoa-Beach and Atlanta markets.

"We can't thank MJ enough for his 18 years of solid performances in Morning Drive in Tampa," said Doug Hamand, Operations Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. "We know he will have continued success entertaining listeners on The Schnitt Show."

"It has been a real honor working with MJ. He is already a 'Hall of Famer'" said Tommy Chuck Program Director, WFLZ. "Although I am sad we will no longer have the MJ Morning show on WFLZ, I'm excited to see all that he'll achieve with Clear Channel and The Schnitt Show."

"I am extremely proud of our unparalleled 18-year morning drive success in the market," said MJ. "I have been doing two completely diverse shows for over a decade and now I can focus on the growing national footprint of The Schnitt Show, plus I'll be able to drive my children to school in the morning!"

93.3 FLZ will announce the morning show replacement in the near future.