Veteran radio DJs Richard Todd and Jim “The Critic” Voigt have left Charleston’s 105.5 The Bridge radio station, the City Paper has confirmed.

Saturday was the last day on the air for Todd, who was to be inducted into the Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame Sunday for his years of contributions to the area music scene.  Voigt retired  in August.

Jim “The Critic” Voigt | Credit: Ashley Rose Stanol for the Charleston City Paper
Todd in 2012 | Credit: File photo, Charleston City Paper

They have 60 years of combined broadcasting experience in the Charleston area with loyal followings of listeners comfortable with their blend of alternative rock and locally made music.

“We wish those guys good luck,” said 105.5 The Bridge station manager Rick Carmean, who added they left on good terms.

Voigt’s afternoon drive-time shift on Monday through Friday has been filled by program manager Bryan Schock, whose midday shift is being staffed by remote Los Angeles broadcaster Kelli Gates.  No word yet on who will host Todd’s morning show, but Carmean added, “We are staying local – local programming, local operations.”

Neither Todd nor Voigt wanted to discuss their departure from The Bridge, but Todd said Thursday he was flattered to be inducted in the local music hall of fame.  

“First of all, it means I’m old,” he joked about Sunday’s honor. “It means I’ve been around for a long time to go into the Music Hall of Fame and obviously that has to do with my contributions in radio over the last 30 years here in town — playing a lot of music, emceeing, doing a lot of festivals and events and concerts over the years.

“For a radio person, you’re never supposed to be at a loss for words — but I say thank you … more than words can truly express the appreciation.”

Last year, the City Paper profiled Voigt, who offered this playlist of his favorite songs in 2021.  He moved to Charleston in 1992 to play music.  But it wasn’t long before 96 Wave radio station co-owner Woody Bartlett, who had a weekend radio show called “The Cutting Edge,” heard that Long Island native Voigt wrote music reviews. He asked Voigt to be on the show. One thing led to another. Out of it was born “The Critic” who became the snarky, wise-ass sidekick during a morning show with hosts Atom Taler and Richard Todd.

“I never thought it would last,” Voigt said last year. “Then they started having me every week. It was a spoof on commentary and I’d be the guy who would go out to all of the places.”

In the late 1990s, Voigt left Charleston to do DJ work at a rock station in Atlanta, but was back a year later with an afternoon show. That lasted until 96 Wave changed ownership and formats in 2007. A few months later, he was on the air at The Bridge, where he had an afternoon show and highly curated, eclectic Sunday morning “Critic’s Choice” collection that offered everything from country to punk. 

Todd, who grew up in Greenville and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1990, moved to Charleston the following year.  An aficionado of live music and concerts, he is an enthusiast of bands like Phish, the Grateful Dead, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Elton John and the band.  “I listen to everything from bluegrass to jazz to all kinds of stuff,” he said, according to The Bridge’s website.

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