92.9/The Game's morning host C.J. Simpson is leaving Atlanta to go west to work with the L.A. Sparks, a women's basketball team.
Program director Terry Foxx informed me this morning via text. She will be their in-game host and host for the L.A. Sparks television network, he wrote.
UPDATE on March 6, 2:49 p.m.: I spoke with Simpson yesterday. She was grateful for her experiences in Atlanta radio but liked the expanded responsibilities (with TV opportunities) with the L.A. Sparks. She did not count out coming back to Atlanta to continue to do work with the Hawks after the Sparks season is over.
Her final day with Randy Cross and Rick Kamla is this Wednesday. The station is seeking a replacement right away.
She is the first departure on the main lineup for 92.9/The Game since the station format debuted just over four months ago. Ratings have started to edge up a bit after a slow start.
Simpson started her radio career with Ryan Cameron more than a decade ago on Hot 107.9. She got her own morning show with 95.5/The Beat with Murph Dawg for several years. Even after the Beat went away 2010, she worked on a couple of Cox Radio stations in syndication before that gig went away last year. She segued to sports talk last fall.
She has also been the Atlanta Dream in-game host for the past five years and in recent years, has done the same gig for the Atlanta Hawks.