The morning radio teams are changing at Lexington's most popular country music stations.
Leader WBUL-FM, The Bull 98.1, has hired a replacement for former morning host Dusty Dan, who was arrested in October on charges of possessing child pornography and is no longer with the station. He has pleaded not guilty.
Replacing him is JD Pelletier, who grew up in Lexington and has had a 25-year career in radio and television spanning cities like Sacramento, Calif., Houston and West Palm Beach, Fla. Beginning Wednesday, he'll be co-hosting the station's morning show from 5:30-10 a.m. with DeAnn Stephens.
At rival WLXX-FM, 92.9 The Bear, morning host Jason Bailey is leaving the station. Bailey has purchased two radio stations in Knoxville, Tenn., and is moving there to operate them, said Hal Hofman, market manager for station owner Cumulus.
Bailey has been well-known for his role in the program "Bandy and Bailey in the Morning," which began in 1994 and ran until partner Michael Bandy died of kidney and liver failure in late 2008.
Bailey won't be replaced. Instead, the 5:30-9:30 a.m. morning show, The Bear Bunch, will be hosted by his partner Deidre Ransdell with visits from other Cumulus employees Brad Munson and Scott Johnson, said Hofman.
"We're going to take a more music approach with the station, and Deidre will be playing great country music and adding her personality to the station," Hofman said.