“I’m really proud of the award-winning work we were able to do over the past 18years at WABE, and of the time spent with such terrific colleagues,” said Lemley in a press release. “I’m excited to be joining the team at WMLB and starting a new chapter.”
The openly gay Lemley hosted a number of news and music programs at WABE over the years, including All Things Considered, The Stargazer’s Journal, Tapestry, Bach’s Lunch and more, but he’s perhaps best known in recent years for his daily music, arts and culture program City Cafe with John Lemley.
He’ll be taking the show with him to AM 1690 with a new name—John Lemley’s City Cafe. It will also be expanded from one hour to two and air weekdays from noon to 2 p.m., featuring a mix of classical and crossover music “with an emphasis on the world’s greatest and most popular showstoppers” as AM 1690 puts it.
The press release noted that Lemley lives in Decatur with his partner, Mike Selk. His first day on air at AM 1690 will be February 2, 2015.