Cumulus Media’s 99X Atlanta Welcomes the Return of Original 99X On-Air Host, Jill Melancon

Jill Comes Home to 99X on Monday, November 27th, and Completes Re-Launch Lineup of Atlanta’s Legendary Alternative Rock Station

99X to Reprise Popular Feature “Planet Jill” as New Music and Independent Act Showcase Beginning in December

ATLANTA, GA – November 21, 2023 – Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that it has appointed Jill Melancon (known on-air as Jill Nelson) as On-Air Host, Evenings, on Atlanta’s Alternative, 99X (WNNX-FM). She will also anchor weekends on 99X. This marks Melancon’s return to the iconic 99X, who was on-air at the original 99X from 1992 to 2008. Melancon will reclaim the 99X mic on Monday, November 27th, when her weekday show will air Monday through Friday from 7:00pm-Midnight. Beginning in December, she will reprise her popular feature, “Planet Jill,” as a new music and independent act showcase that will air weekdays in the middle of her show.

Cumulus Media re-launched 99X to an appreciative audience in December 2022. Earlier this year, the station welcomed the return of original 99X morning hosts, Leslie Fram and Steve Barnes to mornings on 99X, and Will Pendarvis to afternoon drive on the station, with Matt Jones on weekends. Most recently, Steve Craig returned in July as 99X Program Director and midday host.

Steve Craig, Program Director, 99X, said: “The final member of the 99X Original Cast has returned! Jill has deep roots in Atlanta and was with us from the very beginning in 1992. Her incredible knowledge of music and ties to our local band community will be, as it was then, a valuable asset to the team.”

Jill Melancon commented: “I’m thrilled to be back with my 99X Family… How many times in life do we get to go back to an amazing time in our lives and be with the same people? Spoiler Alert: Never! But I’m getting that opportunity and could not be more grateful.”

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About Cumulus Media

Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) is an audio-first media company delivering premium content to over a quarter billion people every month — wherever and whenever they want it. Cumulus Media engages listeners with high-quality local programming through 403 owned-and-operated radio stations across 85 markets; delivers nationally-syndicated sports, news, talk, and entertainment programming from iconic brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, CNN, the AP, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and many other world-class partners across more than 9,400 affiliated stations through Westwood One, the largest audio network in America; and inspires listeners through the Cumulus Podcast Network, its rapidly growing network of original podcasts that are smart, entertaining and thought-provoking. Cumulus Media provides advertisers with personal connections, local impact and national reach through broadcast and on-demand digital, mobile, social, and voice-activated platforms, as well as integrated digital marketing services, powerful influencers, full-service audio solutions, industry-leading research and insights, and live event experiences. Cumulus Media is the only audio media company to provide marketers with local and national advertising performance guarantees. For more information visit

Contact: Lisa Dollinger, Dollinger Strategic Communication for Cumulus Media, and 512.633.4084.