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Ryan McKiddy Joins WSIX As APD/MD/Night Host

Ryan McKinney 98 WSIX 97.9 Nashville y100 San AntonioiHeartMedia Country “The Big 98” 97.9 WSIX Nashville has appointed Ryan McKiddy as Assistant Program Director/Music Directo/Night Host starting September 1.

McKiddy joins WSIX from Cox Media Country “Y100” 100.3 KCYY San Antonio where he served as MD/Afternoon Host since May 2015. Before that he worked weekends at CBS Country “US 99” WUSN Chicago and interned at iHeartMedia CHR “103.5 Kiss-FM” WKSC Chicago.

He takes the APD/MD position filled by Kimsey Kerr prior to her departure for SiriusXM in June. The night slot has been voicetracked by 103.5 WEZL Charleston’s Ric Rush.

iHeartMedia announced today that Ryan McKiddy has been named Assistant Program Director and Music Director for The BIG 98 WSIX, effective September 1. He will also serve as night on-air personality for the station. iHeartMedia Nashville has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises – both broadcast and digital – including 107.5 The River, The BIG 98, 101.1 The Beat, 105.9 The Rock, 1510 WLAC and ALT Nashville – and produces legendary marquee events including Guitar-B-Que, Battle for The Bones, River on the Rooftop, Songs and Stories for St. Jude and The Million Dollar Show.

iHeartMedia has massive consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company, and McKiddy will be responsible for delivering a night-time program for Nashville’s Country music fans and supporting the Programming department as the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for The BIG 98.

McKiddy joins iHeartMedia Nashville from Y100 FM in San Antonio, where he served as an afternoon on-air personality and Music Director. He began his radio career as a programming intern at iHeartMedia Chicago’s 103.5 Kiss FM and was a weekend on-air personality for US99.5 in Chicago. McKiddy is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.

“Ryan is a stand out on-air personality and radio pro whose competitive spirit and passion for winning, tremendous relationships and love for country music make him uniquely qualified to serve as our ambassador to both fans and the Nashville record label community,” said Michael Bryan, iHeartMedia Nashville’s Senior Vice President of Programming. “I can’t wait to have him working his magic at The BIG 98.”

“Words cannot even begin to describe how ecstatic I am to be joining the iHeartMedia Nashville team,” said McKiddy. “A BIG 98 thank you to Tony Coles, Rod Phillips, Dan Endom and Michael Bryan for making this happen.”

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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