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Lori Bennett Named Cumulus Grand Rapids OM

Lori Bennett Thunder 94.5 Nash-FM WTNR Grand Rapids Cumulus WDVDCumulus Grand Rapids has named Lori Bennett as Operations Manager for their five stations cluster and Program Director/Afternoon Host at Country “Nash-FM 94.5” WTNR.

Bennett makes a quick return to Cumulus where she was PD/Afternoon Host at sister Hot AC 96.3 WDVD Detroit until her budget related cut in July. In addition to WTNR Bennett will oversee Classic Rock “97 WLAV” 96.9 WLAV-FM, CHR “105.3 Hot-FM” WHTS, Sports “107.3 The Ball” WBBL, and News/Talk 1340 WJRW.

Bennett takes the place of Johnboy Crenshaw who relocated to Youngstown OH earlier this summer.

Cumulus Media Grand Rapids Vice President/Market Manager Jeff Cartwright announces the promotion of heritage programming talent Lori Bennett to Operations Manager for the 5-station cluster, including Classic Rock WLAV-FM, Sports Talk WBBL-FM, Top 40 WHTS-FM, Country WTNR-FM and News Talk WJRW-AM. Bennett will also program WTNR-FM (Nash 94-5) and host the afternoon drive show from 3p-7p.

Bennett joins the Grand Rapids group from Cumulus Media Detroit, where she most recently was Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host for Hot A/C WDVD-FM, along with previous tours as WJR-AM Promotions Director/feature anchor and feature talent for WDRQ-FM. As part of an extended career in Detroit, Bennett served in various capacities including Operations Manager, Program and Marketing Director and Morning Show Host for various stations such as WNIC-FM, WMGC-FM and WVMV-FM.

“We are thrilled to have Lori join our Grand Rapids team” says VP/MM Jeff Cartwright. She is a true broadcast professional who brings a positive energy along with new programming ideas to our cluster. I am excited to see what the future holds for our 5 stations with Lori here.

Bennett says “I’m honored to join the remarkable family of broadcasters at Cumulus Grand Rapids! The talent and energy within the cluster extends beyond the norm, with legendary market personalities that know how to truly connect and super serve the West Michigan audience. I am grateful to Mary Berner, Mike McVay, Doug Hamand, Bob Walker and of course, the dynamic Jeff Cartwright, for the opportunity to captain such an incredible team!” Bennett replaces John Crenshaw, who was promoted to Cumulus’ Youngstown, OH cluster in July.

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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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