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Mickey Cucchiella leaving 98 Rock; new morning show to debut July 8

Mickey Cucchiella, co-host of the morning show on 98 Rock, says he is leaving the station as a result of depression he's been struggling with the past year.

In a video that runs 7:54, Cucchiella says, "I just want to take this time to talk to everybody and explain a couple of things. Number one, I won't be doing the show any more. I'm heartbroken by it, and it's something I will certainly miss.

"... The last year or so, I've been battling pretty badly with depression. It's getting better at times, but it's also pretty sad at times... I've been through a lot... Between the death of my mother and the eventual separation and then eventual divorce from my wife, I've just never gotten back to where I was."

Dave Hill, the station's program director, said Friday, "He's got a lot of personal things in his life that have just taken a toll, and we agreed with his decision."

"Well miss him," Hill added. "But it's been a rough year, year and a half, for us and we've been trying to figure it out. And he's just cooked. I'm glad that we're going to be in a situation where once he gets himself together and feels stable enough, we're going to be able to have him be guest fill-in and be a part of the family still, because we love and care about him. But his well being is the most important thing right now."

Hill was vague about what the new show scheduled for a July 8 debut would involve and whether it would include Amelia Ryerse and Josh Spiegel, the current co-hosts.

"You'll have to wait and see on July 8," Hill said, saying there were details yet to be worked out, which was why he could not be more specific.

Between now and July, the station will feature a music show, "Mobcast," with listeners picking the songs.

Cucchiella has been co-hosting mornings at 98 Rock for 7 and 1/2 years, according to Hill.

 

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