Jimmy Elliott Bio:
Birthday: October 4
A 34+ year veteran of the world of radio, Jimmy has been with WOVK since 1993, and has been Program Director & Music Director of the station since the Summer of 1997... Born and raised in Wheeling, Jimmy got his start in Radio in 1978 at legendary local Top 40 station 14WK. Over the years, he has worked for literally every radio station in the Upper Ohio Valley at one time or another, plus outside of the Ohio Valley, for several different Pittsburgh stations over the years, plus stations in Dallas, TX and in the Florida Keys. Jimmy also spent several years as Director of Marketing & Licensing for an international comic-book publishing company in the early '90s...
Steve Crow Bio:
Birthday: January 26
The "Radio Bug" bit Steve back in 1976. Since then, he has been a reporter, copywriter, news anchor, disc jockey, and sportscaster for a number of Ohio Valley radio Stations, and has played everything from Country, Rock and Roll, Oldies, and now back to Country. Steve joined the staff of WOVK in Feb 2001, and joined Morning Madness in January of 2002... A self proclaimed "Golf Nut", Steve is also the mild-mannered Manager of Kurtz Monument Company in Wheeling, and a licensed Life Insurance Agent. A life-long resident of the Ohio Valley, Steve has somehow managed to stay married for three decades to his long suffering and saintly wife, Becky. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Jeannette and Emily, and grandparents of Gracie, who is Pap-Pap's bestest pal and the Greatest Gift he ever received...
It's no secret that American Idol's ratings have been in freefall this season. Undoubtedly, Fox will make changes to the show for 2014. But what will they be? A story in the May 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter provides some insight.
Given the transparent feud between judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, it wouldn't be a surprise if their run on the show ended after just one season. A production insider tells The Hollywood Reporter, “The show has always taken pride in being about the contestants, not the judges. And if the judges had a little rapport with each other, it wouldn’t be all about them. Instead, all anybody ever wants to talk about is how the judges don't get along. It’s exactly what producers didn’t want.”
The publication says the show is eying "several non-diva music industry" types to possibly join the panel. TheWrap.com takes it a step further, reporting that all four judges -- including Randy Jackson and Keith Urban -- will get the boot, and that, despite rumors, former panelist Jennifer Lopez will not be asked to return. E! News is also reporting that an overhaul of the judges' table is forthcoming.
In addition, The Hollywood Reporter states, there is speculation that American Idol executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick may be shown the door, too.
There may be some format changes in store for the competition, as well. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the contestants are not interested in performing "old stuff." That's a problem, since American Idol has had theme weeks paying tribute to artists like The Beatles and Burt Bacharach.
The Hollywood Reporter also floats the possibility that the annual summer American Idol Live! tour could be cancelled due to the show's ratings decline. This year's tour is scheduled to kick off June 29 and wraps August 31.