A busy week for KLUV/98.7 FM — and a busy month for DFW morning radio in general — continued Thursday morning with the announcement that Jeff Miles will replace Jody Dean as KLUV’s morning-show host.
Dean announced Monday that Friday will be his last day as host of the show, but he stressed that he’s not retiring — and that he’s not even leaving KLUV. But his new role is still a bit of a mystery, expected to be resolved when he announces it on Friday morning.
But back to Miles, who will host “Miles in the Morning” with — in some good news for fan’s of Dean’s show — Dean’s co-hosts Rebekah Black and David Rancken remaining with the show.
Miles has an extensive background in radio, including stints at KRBV/100.3 FM “Hot 100,” a Top 40 station in the late ‘90s and early 2000s; middays at Top 40 KHKS/106.1 FM “KISS-FM” a few years later; and as a producer for Mark “Hawkeye” Louis and the late Terry Dorsey at country station KSCS/96.3 FM.
Miles other gigs include a relatively recent gig at KCYY-FM in San Antonio, where he was reportedly a popular morning-show host at the country station but left in 2017 to take a gig in Boston. He didn’t last long in Boston, according to a mysanantonio.com story by longtime San Antonio TV/radio reporter Jeanne Jakle, and spent some time in the Atlanta area doing voice-over work.
He told Jakle that he’d like to return to San Antonio. ““Texas is home to me,” he said in 2017, “but nothing’s happening for me there now.”
Well, now something is. And Texas is home: According to his bio, he grew up in Lorena, which is between Waco and Temple, and played high school football, basketball, baseball and golf. Expect to hear him talking about the Cowboys after game days, because he’s a huge Cowboys (and Rangers) fan.
Miles started his radio career in Brownwood, southwest of Fort Worth, and has worked in New York, Nashville and Austin as well as the other aforementioned cities. He and his wife Zulie have two children.
Dean had been morning-show host at KLUV since 2005, replacing his mentor, Ron Chapman. It is likely that Miles was not born yet when Dean began his DFW broadcasting career at age 13, volunteering as a monster and makeup/special-effects crewman on “The Museum of Horrors,” a Saturday-night creature-feature show on what was then WBAP/Channel 5.
Aside from a gig at Abilene Christian University and another one at Granbury’s KPAR, nearly all of Dean’s broadcasting career has been in DFW, including a 1987-1994 stretch working with Chapman, at the time a radio powerhouse at KVIL and still considered the dean of DFW jocks long after his retirement.
Another high-profile gig happened in 1997, when Dean was lured back to TV to host “Positively Texas,” an afternoon talk show on KTVT/Channel 11. The show never gained ratings traction, but he stayed on as a reporter, and when the station launched a 4 p.m. newscast in January 2004, he was named co-anchor along with market newcomer Maria Arita. He left a year and a half later to join KLUV.
To reiterate September’s other changes (and the month isn’t over yet), at the beginning of the month, “Smooth R&B” KRNB/105.7 FM dropped the “Steve Harvey Morning Show”; his replacement, the locally based “The Morning Rush” with comedian Rudy Rush and former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Claudia Jordan, started Monday.
And Nathan Fast, who came to DFW in early 2017 to become the new morning-show host at KVIL/103.7 FM, only to get blown out in a KVIL format change 10 months later, took over as morning-show host on KPLX/99.5 FM “The Wolf” (a show that’s had its own share of turnover) on Sept. 17.