Longtime 93.3 WMMR-FM night host and 76ers PA announcer Matt Cord will switch to mornings at 95.7 BEN-FM.

Cord made his announcement Thursday on WMMR alongside Pierre Robert, and prior to a broadcast Friday morning called the BEN-FM gig "the next chapter" in a Twitter posting:

BEN-FM program director Chuck Damico says Friday's show was "practice" for Cord, who will be joined by co-host Kristen Herrmann, mid-day DJ and production director at BEN-FM, in future broadcasts. The pair officially takes over morning son the station on Jan. 3.

Over at WMMR, program director Bill Weston says that "overnight superstar (and Pierre Robert protege) Jacky Bam Bam is the heir apparent" for Cord's 7 p.m. time slot.
The move puts Cord in a time slot formerly occupied by Marilyn Russell, who the station laid off in November. She had been with BEN-FM full-time since 2007.

Cord's run at WMMR began in 2005, when the host replaced Dee Snider's nighttime show, House of Hair. Prior to hosting at WMMR, Cord worked at the now-defunct Y100.

Cord's switch to BEN-FM comes several months after Greater Media Inc. agreed to sell both that station and WMMR to Beasley Broadcasting Group as part of a $240 million deal that also included WMGK-FM (102.9), and WPEN-FM (97.5), The Fanatic.