Tanna Guthrie returned to the radio Monday — working for the same company she filed an age-discrimination complaint against.
Her new gig is part of an on-air shakeup at soft-rock KUDL-FM (98.1). Guthrie, a 20-year fixture at the old KYYS-FM, is KUDL’s new late-afternoon host, bumping Roger Carson to middays. Midday host Michelle Chase is apparently out.
Darcie Blake, KUDL’s longtime morning show co-host with Dan Hurst, also exited. In a statement, management said Blake had retired from radio, “resulting in a restructuring of the KUDL air staff.” She’d been with the station 28 years.
Herndon Hasty, vice president and general manager at Entercom Kansas City — owner of both KUDL and the former KYYS — did not return calls for comment.
Guthrie, her former morning co-host Max Floyd and two other DJs filed age-discrimination complaints against Entercom after their firings in January, when 99.7 KY was re-branded 99.7 The Boulevard. All are over 40. Guthrie is 51, “but I’m Botoxing my way back to 40,” she joked Monday.
Hasty had hired Guthrie at the old KY-102. “I miss radio and am glad to be back, and I love working for Herndon,” she said. “He said the complaint against Entercom didn’t matter; it’s a separate matter.”
Max Floyd called to wish her well Monday. “He said, ‘Play some Mariah Carey for me.’ ”
Guthrie, Floyd and their attorney flew to New York this spring to be interviewed for ABC’s “20/20” newsmagazine. The piece on age discrimination hasn’t aired yet.
“I’m sure I said horrible things,” Guthrie said.
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