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Afternoon co-host Chuck Edwards will be replacing Dr. Don Carpenter on the morning shift at WYCD-FM (99.5), Detroit’s highest-rated country station.

Carpenter, who had spent the last 10 years doing morning drive, announced on the show Wednesday that this week would be his last. Carpenter will appear periodically on the air and at special events as he rides out his contract, which expires in March 2017.

Edwards has handled the afternoon shift with Linda Lee for 16 years. On the 5 a.m.-10 a.m. show, he will work with holdovers Rachael Hunter, Steve Grunwald and Jason Raithel.

Station executives said Friday morning that a new afternoon co-host will be announced at a later date.

Edwards came to Detroit after 15 years at KSCS-FM in Dallas. He lives in Brighton with his wife, Kacey, five dogs and a horse.

“Chuck is a true radio pro and will fit right in with the other members of the morning show,” CBS Radio Detroit market manager Debbie Kenyon in a statement. “His afternoon show garnered dozens of awards over the years and he is very involved in the community. This is an exciting new chapter in the history of WYCD.”

Kenyon had suggested that Carpenter’s departure was a mutual decision. Carpenter said that while he was pleased to have time to work on other projects, the decision came “from above.”

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