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April 24, 2007
A new morning crew for The End

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The End (KDND, 107.9 FM) has hired a new morning-show crew to replace the DJs on "The Morning Rave," who were fired in January after staging an on-air water-drinking contest that resulted in the death of contestant Jennifer Strange.

Starting in mid-May, "The Wake-Up Call with Jason, Kelly and Gavin" will assume the morning duties. The trio comes from KISS-FM in Harrisburg, Pa., where their show was called "The Morning Mess."

Perhaps it's wise, given the circumstances, that John Geary, general manager of Sacramento's Entercom stations, chose to rename the show for Sacramento. (Ten station employees have been fired following the water-drinking contest, and a civil lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Strange's family.)

"We had been aware of (the Harrisburg DJs) for while," Geary wrote in an e-mail response to The Bee's queries. "When the opportunity opened up at The End, they were one of the first shows we contacted.

"I think they fit very well with the station. Listeners will hear a very entertaining show."

Jason, Kelly and Gavin have been together at KISS-FM since 2003. Their last day on the air there was Friday. Judging by the comments on "The Morning Mess' "MySpace page, they enjoyed a loyal following in Harrisburg, with fans sad to see them go.

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