Posted Online: Jan. 04, 2007, 11:00 pm

No-compete clause sends DJs to Cedar Rapids

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By Matt Veto,

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Long-time morning disc jockeys Greg Dwyer, left, and Bill Michaels, joke with reporters about their return to their former employer, WXLP, a Cumulus Radio station, during a press conference Friday afternoon. The pair will be broadcasting from KRNA in Cedar Rapids until their six-month no complete clause expires with Q106.5-FM. News person Beth Davis will make the move and join the pair at Cumulus.

A no-compete clause will keep the Quad-Cities' top-rated morning radio show off local airwaves for the next six months.

Greg Dwyer and Bill Michaels will be heard on Cumulus Media's Cedar Rapids station KRNA, 94.1 FM, before returning to the Quad-Cities to begin their morning show on Cumulus' WXLP-FM, 97 Rock. The announcement came at a press conference Friday afternoon at the Cumulus Quad-Cities broadcast facilities.

The Cedar Rapids show will be streamed on the Internet at 2dorks.com for local fans.

Mr. Dwyer and Mr. Michaels have signed a five-year agreement with Cumulus. Market manager Jack Swart said signing the pair to a multiyear deal only made sense.

"It's been a landmark show," Mr. Swart said. "It belongs here, and you can be assured it's going to stay."

When it arrives at WXLP, the show will air during the same 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. time frame. Mr. Dwyer said joining WXLP will give them "an opportunity to grow without leaving" the area.

It's not known what will happen to WXLP's current morning show featuring Dave LeVora and Darren Pitra. Mr. Swart said more information will be available in the coming weeks on the next step for Dave and Darren.

"They are in our future plans," Mr. Swart said. "They are very important to this company."

Mr. Dwyer and Mr. Michaels have been off the air and on vacation since Dec. 22. Mr. Dwyer said he heard the deal with Cumulus was finalized on New Year's Eve.

"To say this was an 11th hour deal would be putting it lightly," Mr. Dwyer said. "We left for vacation on the 22nd fully expecting to return to our old jobs."

Mr. Michaels also confirmed Beth Davis will rejoin the Dwyer and Michaels team on WXLP reporting the news. Dwyer and Michaels' producer, Keith Marske, will remain at the Quad City Radio Group.

Dwyer and Michaels had been on Clear Channel's KCQQ-FM, 106.5, for 12 years. This is the show's second go-around with WXLP. Mr. Michaels said the show will continue to follow a similar format.

While specifics on how much the contract is worth were not disclosed, Mr. Dwyer said the money they make will be based primarily on the number of listeners, ratings, etc.

"It's absolutely incentive based," Mr. Swart said. "And these guys are not afraid of that."