LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- New York radio personality Stuttering John Melendez is taking a job with Jay Leno's Los Angeles-based "Tonight Show," according to E! Online.
Melendez has worked as Howard Stern's on-air sidekick for the last 15 years. He will replace long-time announcer Edd Hall, who is leaving the "Tonight Show" after 12 years to pursue an acting career.
To prepare for his new gig, Melendez is working on his stutter with the help of a vocal coach, E! quoted a "Tonight Show" spokeswoman as saying.
"Growing up, I was always a big fan of the 'Tonight Show' and its amazing history. Now to actually be a part of it is beyond my wildest dreams!" Melendez said in a statement.
"I thank Howard Stern, the most talented radio personality, for giving me my start, for without him, the 'Tonight Show' would never even know me. I am looking forward to working with Jay Leno and the rest of the 'Tonight Show' staff."
Melendez starts his new job March 29.