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He was a morning DJ in DFW for about 10 months. Now he’s returning to the air here

Nathan Fast will begin hosting “Nathan Fast and The Wake Up With the Wolf Show” beginning Sept. 17 on KPLX/99.5 FM “The Wolf.” Lisa Taylor will remain with the morning show.
Nathan Fast will begin hosting “Nathan Fast and The Wake Up With the Wolf Show” beginning Sept. 17 on KPLX/99.5 FM “The Wolf.” Lisa Taylor will remain with the morning show.

When Nathan Fast came to DFW in early 2017 to become the new morning-show host at KVIL/103.7 FM, he came to a station that had seen a dizzying amount of turnover.

A little over 10 months later, he became part of that turnover. Shortly after Fast joined KVIL, the station was rebranded as “Amp 103.7,” a CBS Radio Top 40 format that reflected a direction that the former adult-contempary station had been heading for a couple of years.

Then in November, Entercom took over CBS Radio and immediately launched alternative station “Alt 103.7” — and Fast, who had moved to DFW from Southern California, was off the air.

As of Monday, he’ll be back. Cumulus Broadcasting announced Friday that Fast will be the host of “Nathan Fast and The Wake Up With the Wolf Show” on country station KPLX/99.5 FM “The Wolf.”

The Wolf morning show has undergone a few changes in the past few years, although steadfast morning personality Lisa Taylor will remain with the show.

In July, industry site AllAccess.com reported that current co-host Trey Morgan would be leaving the show, effective Oct. 31. Obviously, that date has moved up. Morgan had moved to Dallas in 2016, according to AllAccess.

Morgan filled a vacancy left by Skip Mahaffey, who joined the station at the end of 2014 and left in late summer 2016. Mahaffey replaced Ken Buckner, who had been with the station since 2011. Buckner had previously been with the station from 1999 to 2004.

Had enough? We won’t even go through all the changes that happened — kinda lost count — at KVIL before “Alt” started. Although if you’re curious, they’re recapped at the end of this story about Fast’s arrival. And it gets even crazier after that. Despite all those morning-show changes, the Wolf is consistently among the highest-rated stations in DFW.

Fast came to Dallas from Southern California, where he was the nighttime host at KHTS-FM in San Diego and a weekend host on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles. He also appeared weekly on stations in more than 80 markets across the country including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Dallas-Fort Worth as a contributor on the iHeartRadio Countdown.

He also worked at stations in Las Vegas and Boise, Idaho, and he is a graduate of Indiana University.

This line from his bio bears repeating: “My path to radio never would have happened had I not been a failure at nearly every other job I tried. Pool boy, pig farmer, underwear model and pizza delivery boy: failed at ‘em all — until one day, I discovered radio and hounded the big bosses at iHeartMedia so much that they hired me just so I would leave them alone!”

After a few fairly quiet months in DFW radio, this is the second major morning-show change this month, after “Smooth R&B” KRNB/105.7 FM dropped the “Steve Harvey Morning Show,” which will be replaced beginning Sept. 24 with “The Morning Rush” with comedian Rudy Rush and former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Claudia Jordan.

“Nathan Fast and the Wake Up With the Wolf Show” will air from 5 to 10 a.m. weekdays on KPLX/99.5 FM.

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