Hubbard Radio Chicago’s 97.1 FM The Drive (WDRV) Brand & Content Director Keith Hastings announced today that Byrd has been promoted to permanent afternoon show host at The Drive.
Before temporarily filling The Drive afternoon slot in December 2022, Byrd ruled the evening airwaves since 2020 and was weekend and fill-in host since 2012. Prior to The Drive, he spent a decade at WLUP (97.9 The Loop) where he held every position from mornings to nights. Byrd also had stops in St. Louis, Baltimore/Washington D.C., Toronto and Las Vegas before landing in Chicago.
Byrd says, “I’m incredibly excited, honored and humbled to take on this new role in afternoons at the legendary 97.1 The Drive in Chicago as the next chapter in my odyssey! Much gratitude to Keith Hastings, Jeff England, Greg Strassel, Fred Jacobs, Ginny Morris and the entire Hubbard Chicago family for the belief and the opportunity. Can’t wait to get started!”
Brand & Content Director Keith Hastings commented on the promotion, “Byrd has been a Chicago fixture at the format for over 20 years, and an important part of The Drive team for over 10 of those. He’s more than earned this prime opportunity and I’m excited about his role in this natural evolution of our legacy brand.”