Asheville Media Group debuts three new morning shows and an exciting new source for local, unbiased news

First all-female morning show in Asheville on Mix 96.5; “Influencers of the Year” to 105.9 The Mountain; 5 time National Radio Champs join 105.5 The Outlaw; Asheville’s new local source for unbiased and hyper local news

ASHEVILLE, February 2, 2024 – Asheville Media Group announced today the launch of three new and exciting morning shows and the upcoming launch of Asheville’s new source for unbiased hyper local news.

On February 5, Mix 96.5 WOXL-FM launches the first all-female morning show in Asheville, “The Morning Mix with Melanie & Crystal”. Morning host Melanie Wilkinson will partner with Crystal Brown, previously heard on 105.9 The Mountain’s “Mountain Morning Show”. Melanie and Crystal’s vibrant personalities and relatability have connected with fans of their podcast, “The Hot Mess Momcast” and will now connect with listeners during their interactive, live and local show. Listeners can hear “The Morning Mix with Melanie and Crystal” weekdays from 6-10am on Mix 96.5, or the Mix 96.5 app.

Additionally, starting February 12th, “The Rizzo & Jeff Show” launches on 105.9 The Mountain WTMT-FM. Recently named “iHeartRadio Digital Influencers of the Year”, Rizzo & Jeff transition from Rochester, New York and will be live in studio each weekday morning and live on their social channels as they discover what makes Asheville so unique! Rizzo and Jeff are excited to bring their show to 105.9 The Mountain noting, “We hope to bring energy, excitement and fun to 105.9 The Mountain for years to come”. Starting February 12, listen to “The Rizzo & Jeff Show” each weekday from 6-10am on 105.9 The Mountain, or on the 105.9 The Mountain app.

On February 19th, Asheville will have a new country music and entertainment choice when “The Big D & Bubba Morning Show” premieres on 105.5 The Outlaw WTMT-HD3. Based out of Nashville, Big D & Bubba have access to the hottest country artists and celebrities who will help Asheville laugh their way through their morning commute. Big D & Bubba are committed to connecting with listeners on a deeper level noting, “We know how crazy life can be and we want to be the goofy best radio-friend refuge from the harsh reality of being pulled 100 different directions.” Listeners can hear “The Big D & Bubba Show” on February 19 by tuning in to 105.5 The Outlaw or

Asheville Media Group’s Operations Director, Steve Richards, expressed enthusiasm about the new morning shows, “We can’t wait to introduce these three captivating and distinctive shows to Asheville’s morning radio.”

Asheville Media Group’s commitment to lead the industry by providing local content that informs, entertains and inspires will expand to local news with the April 1 launch of 828NewsNOW.

Asheville Media Group Market President, Tom Davis, says 828NewsNOW “is what the Asheville market has been asking for…a source for unbiased, accurate, timely and relevant hyper local news. The content and the staff are all local. 828NewsNOW will be your go to source for breaking news, local events, and community stories.”

Editor-In-Chief, M.E. Sprengelmeyer, resides in Asheville and is well-aware of what “local” entails for 828NewsNow. “A one-of-a-kind place deserves more than the same old news,” Sprengelmeyer said. “This is a chance to bring a new perspective to a unique, diverse and fast-moving community. I’ll lace up my Chuck Taylors and hit the ground running.”

Sprengelmeyer is a seasoned journalist with more than 30 years of experience. He was the last Washington correspondent for the Rocky Mountain News of Denver, covered the U.S. Congress, White House and the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. He reported from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, and later spent a year chasing presidential candidates down the “Back Roads to the White House.”

When breaking news hits, 828NewsNOW will cover the story via the “828NewsNow” app and across Asheville Media Group’s seven radio stations and social sites.

Asheville Media Group is home to Mix 96.5, 105.9 The Mountain, 105.5 The Outlaw, 98.1 The River, Rewind 100.3, Pure Oldies 97.3, WISE Sports Radio, Asheville Deals, Dog Day Afternoon and 828NewsNOW. Asheville Media Group offers local programming, a robust database of loyal listeners, and marketing capabilities that connect businesses with consumers on-air, online and on-site. For more information visit

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