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WFUV/New York PD Houston Steps Away from Daily Duties


Rita Houston
Rita Houston

WFUV-FM/New York has announced that Rita Houston will hand off her program, "The Whole Wide World," to a new weekly host, Delphine Blue, in the coming weeks. A member of WFUV's air staff and a longtime favorite for New York music fans, Blue will officially take the Friday night microphone in January. Houston will also step away from her daily responsibilities as WFUV's Program Director to tend to her health and spend time with her family. In the weeks ahead, WFUV APD Eric Gottlieb will step in as interim Program Director.

"Delphine has the heart and soul of a true DJ," said Houston. "Her instincts make her the perfect host for The Whole Wide World, a show that has pushed radio's traditional boundaries and been a home for fun segues and musical curveballs."

"Our colleagues and audience alike will be sorry to lose Rita's leadership and musical ear in our daily program development," said WFUV General Manager Chuck Singleton. "Given her legacy at WFUV and the scope of her accomplishments, it doesn't seem adequate to say that she will be sorely missed. I know Rita will stay close with all of us at WFUV, and we won't be shy about asking for her guidance. She is very dear to our FUV family and the community of music lovers everywhere."

Houston is a two-time NonCommercial Program Director of the Year from FMQB and JBE, three-time designate of Gavin's Music Director of the Year and recipient of the ASCAP Foundation's Deems Taylor Award for Broadcast Excellence.

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