Cumulus Media has hired Mike Wheeler as Program Director for News/Talk 760 WJR Detroit. The Detroit native has been serving as Regional Program Manager for Clear Channel’s stations in Hartford and New Haven, CT. Wheeler replaces Kevin Metheny who was transferred to Cumulus’ KGO and KSFO San Francisco in June.
Cumulus announces that programming veteran Mike Wheeler has been appointed Program Director of WJR-AM in Detroit. Raised in Detroit, Wheeler started his radio career in on-air posts at Motor City stations WNIC, WABX, WHYT and WCZY. Wheeler comes to Cumulus from Clear Channel, where he has served for the past five years as Regional Program Manager for Clear Channel’s Connecticut stations. Prior to that, Wheeler was Program Director for CBS’ DaveFM in Atlanta, and was Regional Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel in Atlanta, St. Louis, and Toledo.
John Dickey, Executive Vice President, Programming and Content for Cumulus said: “We’re thrilled to have Mike Wheeler join Cumulus. His proven skill as a programmer combined with his Detroit roots makes him the perfect choice to lead the legendary WJR-AM. Mike’s years of multi-format experience also makes him a great asset to the Cumulus programming team.”
Wheeler said: “WJR is a part of the fabric of Detroit. The station is deeply connected to the people of Detroit and widely intertwined with the local business community. I look forward to nurturing and building on that tradition.”