Premiere Networks has announced that Kerri Kasem, co-host of "Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx" and "The Side Show Countdown With Nikki Sixx", has decided to step down from her hosting duties with the national rock music radio programs. Kasem, who broke the news to listeners on Friday, March 28, shared that her decision to leave the programs after more than four years stemmed from the time commitment necessary to join Sixx on the road for MÖTLEY CRÜE's final tour. In addition to her other radio hosting duties, upcoming projects and philanthropic efforts including The Kasem Cares Foundation, Kasem recently started her own business, Good Vapor Of Beverly Hills, and is actively lobbying a visitation bill that would provide reasonable accommodations for adult children who want to visit their parents, and provide children the right to know when an ailing parent's health becomes worse or if the parent dies.
Details regarding a new co-host for both programs will be announced on Wednesday, April 2. Leading up to her departure, "Sixx Sense" will feature an on-air tribute to Kasem from March 31 through April 2 with highlights from her years with the program, and a special goodbye video will be posted on www.SixxSense.com.
"This was not an easy decision," stated Kasem. "I've had so much fun with 'Sixx Sense' and 'The Side Show Countdown' over the past four years. It was an amazing experience to work with Nikki and the Premiere team on both of these programs, and I'm so proud of their continued growth and success. I wish everyone the best of luck!"
"It's been great having Kerri as a co-host for the past four years," stated Sixx. "I'm so proud of the work 'Sixx Sense' has done to provide two top-level rock radio programs to millions of listeners worldwide. Although she will be missed, I fully support her new endeavors."
Kasem joined Sixx for the launch of "Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx" and "The Side Show Countdown With Nikki Sixx" in February 2010. "Sixx Sense" quickly became one of the most widely syndicated rock radio programs in the U.S. Today, it reaches 2.9 million weekly listeners on more than 100 stations nationwide (Source: Nielsen Audio, FA'13, Nationwide, Exact Times, Weekly Reach, P 12+), and "The Side Show Countdown" airs on nearly 50 stations worldwide.